The MGA, led by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, will lead an initiative to prepare Midwest communities for power plant closures. This issue is a focal point of Governor Walz’s MGA Chair’s agenda – “Empowering Midwestern Communities” – which will focus on bringing Midwestern policy leaders together to create economic opportunities in the energy sector.
As we undergo a national energy transition, the Midwest has experienced and will continue to experience numerous power plant closures. These power plants are often the largest employers and taxpayers in their cities, and the planned closures could have a significant impact on the community and its workforce. Through the MGA, we plan to harness the collective wisdom, ideas, and lessons learned from state and local government, industry, workers, the advocacy community, and economic development interests to develop solutions to assist these communities and support workers through the transition.
Participants will be charged with scoping out the problem of closures, developing solutions to the problems, and developing plans to support these effected communities and their workforce. Since these generation facilities are often the communities’ largest employer, the loss to the community is large in terms of jobs, but also ancillary businesses. This initiative will investigate how to redevelop these facilities and create employment opportunities for workers in the community. By bringing together utilities, community leaders, workers, and energy advocates, we can better understand the impact these closures will have on communities and workers and how we can plan for a just, beneficial transition and a successful future.
To do so, we intend to host public, all-hands style meetings to have bigger picture discussions quarterly, as well as subgroups, to take deeper dives on main policy areas that can inform this dialogue. The MGA has also partnered with the Just Transition Fund to provide technical guidance and facilitation assistance as experts in this field.
Quarterly Full Group Meetings
Subgroups provide an opportunity for a deeper investigation of major themes and issues that will provide information and best practices for communities impacted by power plant closures.
Subgroup meetings are scheduled monthly, in-between quarterly full group meetings. Each subgroup is listed below with meeting dates, time, and single link to register for the subgroup meeting series.
Local Community Impacts
Workforce & Education
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Resources for Subgroups
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