March 24, 2015 BY SHAWNEE MORAN, TIMES WEST VIRGINIAN
Greener industries can be more productive, save money
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.
CONTACT: Carl Irwin, Director; NRCCE Energy Efficiency Division
Industries of the Future-West Virginia is a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University.