This input will be gathered through a series of 13 virtual roundtable discussions from Jan 17-26, with each one targeted at a specific region or group of stakeholders. The roundtables will gather feedback on Inflation Reduction Act Sections 22001 and 22004, which respectively provide $1 billion in forgivable loans for renewable energy projects in rural communities and $9.7 billion for electric co-ops to transition to clean energy.
Your input will help guide the Rural Utility Service on how to structure these programs and help RUS staff understand the priorities of community members, businesses, nonprofits, local governments and local utility representatives.
The Rural Power Coalition, which is a group of advocacy organizations that includes Appalachian Voices, drafted a list of potential talking points that speakers are welcome to highlight in their remarks during the roundtable sessions. Your voice could help RUS staff determine how to balance funding awards to small and large applicants, how to calculate emissions reductions and how to prioritize investments in disadvantaged rural communities.
These public roundtables could be the last (and best!) opportunity for rural communities to have their voices heard on how these major investments in clean energy transition will be implemented in rural communities across the country. Interested participants can register for any of these sessions to listen in, but should consider focusing on one or two roundtable sessions for providing input to allow for more voices to be heard.
Please see the RUS roundtable sessions listed below and sign up to attend via the webinar registration link.
- Inflation Reduction Act Rural Utilities Service Round Table Session Talking Points
- Inflation Reduction Act Sections 22001 and 22004 Fact Sheet
USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) IRA Roundtables
Highlighted Listening Sessions
- Environmental Stakeholders
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 | 3:00 p.m. EST
- Equity Stakeholders
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 | 1:00 p.m. EST
Regional Listening Sessions
Region 1: AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, KY, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VT, VA, WV
- Electrical Generation & Transmission entities in RUS Region 1
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. EST
- Distribution Cooperatives in RUS Region 1
Friday, January 20, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. EST
- Region 2 G&T Entities
Friday, January 20, 2023 | 3:30 p.m. EST
- Distribution Cooperatives in RUS Region 2
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. EST
- Region 3 G&T Entities
Monday, January 23, 2023 | 3:00 p.m. EST
- Region 3 Distribution Cooperatives
Thursday, January 26, 2023 | 4:00 p.m. EST
Region 2: AK, AR, HI, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, MI, MS, MO, NE, OK, TX
Region 3: AZ, CA, CO, ID, MN, MT, NV, NM, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA, WI, WY and all Territories
- Rural Mayors
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 | 4:00 p.m. EST
- Labor Stakeholders
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. EST
- Clean Energy Stakeholders
Thursday, January 19, 2023 | 3:00 p.m. EST
Monday, January 23, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. EST
- Tribes, Tribal Utilities and Tribal Entities
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 | 3:00 p.m. EST