IOF-WV nation’s first state-level program to help manufacturers save money through energy efficiency – Times West Virginian

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March 24, 2015 BY SHAWNEE MORAN, TIMES WEST VIRGINIAN

Greener industries can be more productive, save money

Carl Irwin, the division director at the West Virginia University National Research Center for Coal and Energy, said Industries of the Future-West Virginia (IOF-WV) works with other organizations like the WVU Industrial Assessment Center, TechConnect West Virginia and TransTech.

“Carl Irwin is the father of the Industries of the Future program in the state. He was the one who had a direct contact with the Department of Energy,” said Jeff Herholdt, the director of the West Virginia Commerce Division of Energy.

Morgantown, W.Va. – In terms of energy efficiency, some of West Virginia’s manufacturing industries — like Toyota Manufacturing WV in Buffalo and Homer Laughlin China Co.in Newell — are on the right track to a brighter, greener future.

From improving the quality of the environment to saving production costs, there are many benefits of becoming energy efficient. However, other manufacturing industries have a long way to go, simply because they don’t know how to save energy, reduce waste and improve productivity.

That’s where West Virginia’s industrial energy-efficiency program, Industries of the Future–West Virginia (IOF-WV) comes into the picture.

Started in 1997 as a partnership between the Division of Energy, the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office and West Virginia University National Research Center for Coal and Energy, West Virginia was the nation’s first state-level program to help manufacturers create financial savings through energy efficiency.

Read more in the Times West Virginian.

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CONTACT:  Carl Irwin, Director; NRCCE Energy Efficiency Division
304.293.7318; Carl.Irwin@mail.wvu.edu

Industries of the Future-West Virginia is a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University.