Overcoming Common Infrastructure Challenges in Energy Communities – Part 2

Addressing infrastructure challenges is a top priority for energy communities throughout the nation. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes historic investments in America’s core infrastructure that lower energy costs, enhance energy security, and jump-start a new era of clean energy jobs for energy communities.The Interagency Working Group on Coal and…

Overview of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Rural or Remote Areas Program

In this webinar, participants will learn about funding opportunities for energy projects under $5 million available from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for rural communities, like those in the Appalachian Region. This new funding opportunity has no match requirement. Please register to join the Appalachian Regional Commission and…


Frostburg State University: Advancing Technology in Western Maryland 

In September 2021, Frostburg State University received the state of Maryland’s first-ever ARC POWER implementation grant. The $1,480,979 award helped continue the development of the Advanced Technology Center at Frostburg’s Innovation Park, which works to strengthen Western Maryland’s economy by creating new job opportunities…
Investment in Action

Coal Production and Employment in Appalachia, 2022

The coal industry—both in Appalachia and in the United States as a whole—has undergone a severe downturn over the last decade as demand for coal has fallen across the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic and associated recession weighed down on coal production even more. This report details major trends in…

Energy Workforce Trends and Training Needs in Appalachia

This study uses national data to project future supply and demand for occupations associated with the energy industry in Appalachia, and the number of people enrolled in and graduating from programs in the Region’s institutions of higher education.