The US Government has announced plans for a $750 million (£616m) programme that will expand manufacturing capacity and clean energy economic opportunities to revitalise former coal communities.
The Department of Energy has launched a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public input for the new Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Programme, which will support small and medium-sized manufacturers to produce or recycle clean energy products and support the deployment of emissions reduction equipment at facilities in former coal communities.
The RFI is seeking views on how the programme can effectively boost secure, resilient clean energy supply chains and support community development and economic revitalisation in communities that have experienced coal mine and coal power plant closures.
That includes technical assistance for manufacturers to support the transition of former coal workers into clean energy jobs and shift energy infrastructure into hubs for future economic growth.
Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm said: “Transforming existing manufacturing and industrial properties into clean energy and recycling centres is key to making the benefits of renewables — from lower energy costs to job creation and cleaner air — available to communities that have powered America for decades.
“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is making it possible for programs like this to further DOE’s strategy to strengthen our nation’s clean energy infrastructure and extend our support for small and medium-sized manufacturers and surrounding coal communities that are critical to reaching our clean energy future.”