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An energy transition is underway in America. Coal-reliant towns are facing mine and plant closures – mostly impacting rural areas. What can be done to help workers and communities remain resilient during this turbulent time? How can policymakers best help coal-reliant communities plan proactively for a successful future?
To address these questions and more, the Center for the New Energy Economy developed the Energy Transition Academy: Community Resilience Solutions for Policymakers. This Academy is an invitation-only series of eight webinars developed for Western policymakers. Five of these webinars are educational, featuring guest speakers and Q&A and are recorded (webinars are available below). Three unrecorded webinars provide opportunities for follow-up questions to our experts and for community discussion. Participants include a bipartisan group of state legislators, county commissioners, tribal leaders, state energy office representatives, and public utilities commissioners. These meetings help participants build state and regional networks around the variety of issues associated with transitions and our experts from around the country provide important resources that enable communities to proactively address an energy transition.