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Community Energy Support: Energy Transition Series (2023)

The third and final webinar in our Energy Transition Webinar Series will focus on programs, initiatives, and funding available to support transitioning energy communities experiencing economic and social impacts of the power plant and coal mine closures! Representatives from the Energy Communities Interagency Working Group, Just Transition Fund, Illinois Department of Labor, Illinois Energy Transition Workforce Commission, and the National Association of Counties “Building Resilient Economies in Coal Communities” Initiative will join the webinar to share information about their technical support and funding opportunities.


  • Amanda Pankau, Prairie Rivers Network, Sr. Energy Campaign Coordinator
  • Rachael Young, Just Transition Fund, Director of Grantmaking
  • Betsy Dirksen-Londrigan, USDA Rural Development, State Director
  • Grace Blanchard, National Association of Counties, Program Manager, Resilient Economies and Communities
  • Briggs White, Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plan Communities, Deputy Director
  • Jason Keller, Illinois Department of Labor, Assistant Director (Illinois Energy Transition Workforce Commission)