16 March 2010 – Charleston, W.Va. – Gov. Joe Manchin today announced a new program, E3-WV, designed to help West Virginia businesses save energy and reduce their impact on the environment. With funding from the W.Va. Division of Energy, the program will help the state’s manufacturers adapt and thrive in a new business era focused on energy efficiency and sustainability.
Three organizations headquartered at West Virginia University – Industries of the Future-West Virginia (IOF-WV), the Industrial Assessment Center (IAC), and the West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WVMEP) – will work together in carrying out the project.
“I am committed to the success of West Virginia’s manufacturers,” Gov. Manchin said. “This program, which focuses on energy performance, environmental stewardship and economic development, uses the state’s energy expertise to strengthen our industries as they address energy and sustainability challenges.”
Curt Peterson, WVU vice president for research and economic development said the project, “certainly reflects not only the University’s mission to serve its community as a land grant institution, but also its often-stated intent to make a difference in the way our state and nation uses energy and prepares for an energy efficient future.”
IOF-WV will provide free energy assessments for industrial and commercial businesses, helping businesses cut costs and remain competitive by identifying energy efficiency opportunities. WVMEP will deliver environmental and carbon management services to address industry concerns regarding the impact their operations on the environment.
The federal E3 program is a technical assistance program operated under the umbrella of the Green Suppliers Network, developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Manufacturers may learn if they qualify for the energy assessment program by contacting either Ed Crowe of IOF-WV at (304) 293-2867 ext. 5435, Ed.Crowe@mail.wvu.edu or B. Gopala Gopalakrishan, IAC director, at Bhaskaran.Gopalakrishnan@mail.wvu.edu.
For information on the carbon management program, contact Tom Mahoney of WVMEP at (304) 293-9384, or Tom.Mahoney@mail.wvu.edu.
West Virginia Division of Energy – http://wvcommerce.org/energy/default.aspx
Industries of the Future-West Virginia – http://www.iofwv.nrcce.wvu.edu/
West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership – http://www.wvmep.com/