Here is a town in Bavaria that isn’t whining or watching its coal based economy erode out from under it. They are doing it. A town of 2600 people. Looks like a lot of places in WV.
Wildpoldsried produces 321% more electricity than it needs and earns $5.7 million per year selling its surplus. Of course, this is in Germany where power companies and the federal government are serious about getting off both coal and nuclear power.
No 765 kV transmission lines needed for Wildpoldsried. But lots of new jobs and income. And the power is controlled by the town and sold by the town, not some distant conglomerate.