Alliance for Appalachia: Economic Transition Call-in Series

by Colleen Unroe, KFTC

The Alliance for Appalachia is hosting a New Economic Transition Call-in Series for citizens, activists, and experts alike, throughout the Central Appalachian Region. This quarterly call-in series will provide space for a regional conversation around key topics in the economic transition effort in the region. This collaboration is not intended to initially foster a regional strategy—but rather to share success stories and useful, replicable models for local economic transition, as well as to provide a place for those working on these efforts locally to trouble-shoot with one another.

Our first call is scheduled for this Thursday, 1pm, April 21st. This call’s topic is Efficiency and Renewable Portfolio Standard: The North Carolina Example and a Dialogue with Central Appalachian States.

Toll free call in info: 1-913-227-1219, 765402

The call will consist of a 20 minute case study from Ivan Urlab, Executive Director of NC Sustainable Energy Association, to be followed with 40 minutes of information and questions from those working on economic transition policy in Central Appalachia. We hope to host in informal dialogue, but please prepare with questions and updates relevant to the work happening in your area.

In his presentation, Urlab will discuss lessons learned from the creation North Carolina’s Renewable and Efficiency Portfolio Standard.  The North Carolina experience can inform groups working on efficiency and renewable energy policy throughout the Central Appalachian states. For more information on the North Carolina law, visit the DSIRE website.

Please contact Katey Lauer if you would like to receive the power point that corresponds with this call ahead of time at

Kristin Tracz

About Kristin Tracz

Kristin Tracz served MACED’s Research and Policy team from 2009-2012 working on clean energy policy, energy efficiency programs and the Appalachian Transition Initiative. She joined MACED after finishing her Master of Environmental Management degree at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She now lives and works in Washington, DC.