Brandon Dennison of Coalfield Development Shares His Approach to Community Economic Development in West Virginia
“We don’t want to replace that one industry with another industry. We want to have a diversified economy that works for all kinds of people with lots of different skills and backgrounds and talents.”
Coal Country Envisions Paths Forward in Manufacturing, Reclamation, and Renewables
Communities in West Virginia and Wyoming are developing diverse industries based on their local strengths.
Colorado’s Just Transition Advisory Committee Releases Rough Draft of Just Transition Plan
The draft plan includes recommendations for worker benefits, local transition plans, and community investment.
Report Explores Federal Economic Development Policy’s Potential for Coal Communities
The first report in a new transition policy series analyzes key federal programs and their role in supporting community economic development.
Minnesota Communities Prepare for the End of Coal-Powered Generation
Local officials and nonprofits are exploring solutions to the economic impacts of future coal plant closures
Report Finds High Job Creation Potential for Reclaiming the West’s Coal Mines
The Western Organization of Resource Councils estimates that coal mine reclamation “could generate approximately 4,893 to 9,786 job-years” across four western states.
Op-ed: Utilities Must Commit to Invest in Communities in Move from Coal
"The rapidly changing energy landscape makes it critical for the burdens of fossil fuel workers and communities to be assessed in all utility planning, so that we aren’t left behind, once again."
Miners in Wyoming Furloughed as COVID-19 Accelerates Coal Sector Decline
As coal demand plummets, all miners at Buckskin mine are out of work following 60 earlier furloughs in March.
New Research Series Analyzes Energy Transition Policy Options
The Environmental Defense Fund and Resources for the Future are collaborating on an extensive research project to assess existing policy proposals that address the needs of fossil fuel workers and communities during the energy transition.