This webinar will explore considerations and actions U.S. local governments can take to advance their decarbonization goals and shape a more equitable energy future for their communities.

Attendees will hear from representatives of the Department of Energy, Bloomberg Philanthropies and WRI about the unprecedented opportunity the Inflation Reduction Act offers for local governments to reap community benefits from the clean energy transition.

The webinar will introduce a new Roadmap resource for local governments to maximize IRA incentives for clean energy projects and bring economic, health and social benefits to their communities. WRI experts will explain the revised clean energy tax credits and walk through roles that local governments can play and strategies they can employ to accelerate the adoption of clean energy technologies broadly. A panel discussion with practitioner perspectives from the field and a Q&A session will follow.

Event Speakers: 

  • Michael Forrester, Principal Deputy Director, Office of State and Community Energy Programs, U.S. Department of Energy)
  • Ryan Whalen, Senior Advisor, Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Katrina McLaughlin, Clean Energy Associate, WRI
  • Ian Goldsmith, Research Analyst, US Energy, WRI


  • Alex Dane, Senior Manager for Clean Energy Innovation & Partnerships, WRI (moderator)
  • Kate Johnson, Head of US Federal Affairs, C40 Cities
  • Jenny Hernandez, Sustainability Officer/City Manager’s Office, City of Las Cruces 
  • Jared Policicchio, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago


This webinar and associated Roadmap resource are made possible with the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies and in partnership with the Local Infrastructure Hub.


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