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Midwest Coal Transition: What’s in Your Toolkit?

November 29, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


The energy market in the United States is changing and with growing community and economic pressures, coal-fired power plants across the country are shutting down. In the Midwest, this has created both opportunities and challenges for communities as they plan for what comes next after a coal plant closure. Join us for a conversation about the state of coal in the Midwest and the resources that communities can tap into as they plan for their transition.

During the webinar, we will discuss practical steps and available resources to navigate the transition process. Delta Institute will share tools from their Coal Plant Redevelopment Roadmap, highlighting ideas and lessons learned from communities that have experienced a coal plant closure and have begun charting a path towards redevelopment. Most transitions do not follow a straight path and regardless of where a community is in that transition process, this webinar will provide tools and resources that practitioners can use as their community embarks on this complex effort.

Diving into these issues in Illinois, Union of Concerned Scientists will share findings from their Soot to Solar analysis, which looks at the public health, economic, and social equity gains that could result by replacing retiring coal-fired power plants with technologies such as solar and storage. It is meant to be a powerful analytic tool that can help Illinois communities fully capitalize on the benefits of FEJA, strengthen voices calling for clean energy, and aide in campaigns seeking just transition plans for their communities.

We encourage you to attend if you are a municipal leader, planner, decision-maker, consultant, or nonprofit interested in the conversation around the Midwest coal transition or if you are planning for what comes next in your community after a coal plant closure.


• Emily Rhodes, Delta Institute
• Jessica Collingsworth, Union of Concerned Scientists

• Cindy Winland, Just Transition Fund


Delta Institute is a nonprofit that collaborates with communities to solve complex environmental challenges across the Midwest.

Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet’s most pressing problems. Joining with people across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

Just Transition Fund helps coal-affected communities build strong, resilient, and diversified new energy economies, working to ensure that frontline communities—those that are economically hardest hit—are not left behind. The Fund utilizes a new philanthropic approach—acting as both a grantmaker and nonprofit innovator—to help scale community-based economic and workforce development models that create a pathway to prosperity for coal workers and communities.

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