WVU Industries of the Future-West Virginia Day held January 18 at state capitol

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January 19, 2011 by Kathleen Cullen, NRCCE Energy Efficiency Division

Charleston, W.Va. — Steel of West Virginia is cashing in on energy efficiency by partnering with WVU’s Industries of the Future-West Virginia program for the past decade and achieving energy cost savings of more than $2 million per year. The company was honored at the 11th annual IOF-WV Day in the Capitol, January 18th.

Carl Irwin, director of IOFWV, coordinated a presentation for the WV Senate on jobs in the new energy economy

Carl Irwin, director of IOFWV, coordinated a presentation for the WV Senate on jobs in the new energy economy

A luncheon at the Governor’s mansion tent at noon featured Keith Burdette, secretary of the Department of Commerce, presenting the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Industrial Energy Efficiency to Steel of West Virginia, a producer of structural beams, channels and special shape steel sections in Huntington, WV.

Industrial companies were invited to spend the day at the state’s Capitol and discover how others around the state are becoming more efficient like Steel of West Virginia, said Carl Irwin, IOF-WV co-director.

The event provided an opportunity for businesses to make appointments with state senators and delegates and state agency representatives from the Division of Energy, Division of Environmental Protection, and the Department of Labor among others.

“The IOF-WV Day at the State Capitol allows businesses to learn about the services and support industries available to help them save energy and money,” said Irwin. “Also, continuing a tradition over the past few years, we were invited to make presentations to the Senate Economic Development Committee.”

IOF-WV Day at the State Capitol was originally conceived as a way to bring legislators’ attention to the products made in the state. IOF-WV, part of WVU’s Advanced Energy Initiative, is a joint program of the West Virginia Division of Energy, the West Virginia Development Office, and the West Virginia University National Research Center for Coal and Energy. The program works with West Virginia manufacturing and business communities to increase energy efficiency, reduce waste, and improve productivity in energy-intensive industries. They accomplish this by creating partnerships between West Virginia businesses, WVU researchers, and national laboratories.

For more information, visit http://iofwv.nrcce.wvu.edu

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