US Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities

Last updated: 2 August 2023

The US president in January issued Executive Order 14008, “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad,” which established an Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization. The group is co-chaired by the Director of the National Economic Council and the National Climate Advisor, and administered by the Secretary of Energy. The first mandate for the working group was to prepare a report that outlines measures and prioritisation of programmes to support and revitalise coal mining and power plant communities. The initial report designated the 25 regions most impacted by coal declines as priority Energy Communities. The report also identified existing federal programmes with total funding of nearly USD 38 billion that could be deployed to assist these communities. As part of the group’s work, senior government officials from across the government travelled to energy communities in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Colorado and Arizona’s Navajo and Hopi communities. The extensive consultations will help inform efforts to coordinate federal resources and reduce barriers to access for these communities. 

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