Gov. Manchin introduces new E3 assistance tool for business



Gov. Manchin introduces new E3 assistance tool for business

Goal to Improve Economy, Energy, Environment

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Joe Manchin today announced the launch of E3-WV, a new technical assistance program designed to help small businesses and manufacturers improve their economic, energy and environmental performance. 

With funding from the West Virginia Division of Energy, the program will help the state’s businesses 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 DOE-funded 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.”

“I support the E3-WV program as everyone wins in this initiative,” said Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan, director of the IAC.

IOF-WV and IAC will provide 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 industry documenting their operations’ impact on the environment, as well as review manufacturing processes for energy and material savings.

The E3 program is a coordinated federal and local 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 Ed Crowe of IOF-WV at (304) 293-2867 ext. 5435 or Ed.Crowe@mail.wvu.edu. For information on the carbon management aspect of the program, contact Tom Mahoney of WVMEP at (304) 293-9384, or Tom.Mahoney@mail.wvu.edu.

Links:
West Virginia Division of Energy: www.energywv.com
Industries of the Future-West Virginia: http://www.iofwv.nrcce.wvu.edu/
Industrial Assessment Center: http://www2.cemr.wvu.edu/~wwwiac/
West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership: http://www.wvmep.com/

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2010

Contact: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340