Frank Morris, former coal miner turned energy efficiency specialist

Retraining Coal Miners for Energy Efficiency Work – Frank Morris

Frank Morris is a former coal miner who was retrained as a residential energy specialist through the New Energy Intern program. This is the third episode in a three-part series about the program, which helps out of work coal miners train for jobs in energy efficiency. Frank now works for the Appalachia Heat Squad and the Housing Development Alliance.

The New Energy Intern program is run by MACED  (the Mountain Association for Community and Economic Development) with funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)

Here is an excerpt

DB: Would you like to see your kids work in coal mining when they get older?

FM: If my son picks up a coal shovel I might smack him with it.

DB: Alright, you should warn him about that in advance though.

FM: Oh yeah!

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Links mentioned in the show

MACED has a lot of fantastic programs for people and businesses in Eastern Kentucky. You can find out more about them at If you’re interested in the New Energy Intern program contact Chris Woolery (

The episodes in this series were recorded at Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky which is a fantastic organization that helps people in the region tell their stories through music, film, video, art – you name it. You can find out more about them at

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