Industries of the Future--West Virginia Named “Champion of Energy Efficiency”
Morgantown, W.Va. – Industries of the Future--West Virginia is one of four nationwide “Champions of Energy Efficiency” chosen by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The awards recognize leadership and accomplishment in the energy efficiency field. Winners are selected based on demonstrated excellence in program implementation, research and development, energy policy, or private sector initiatives.
The winners were selected by a committee of ACEEE’s Board of Directors from an impressive group of more than 70 applicants. Selection criteria were based on each nominee’s impact, innovation, and leadership in the energy efficiency field.
“It’s satisfying to realize that people are aware of what we’re doing in West Virginia,” said Dr. Carl Irwin, co-director of the IOF-WV program. “We’re proud to be a leader in the area of developing smart, efficient uses of energy across the state. We reduce energy costs for companies here and that in turn helps in economic development.”
IOF-WV was chosen based on the program’s accomplishments since its inception in 1997 as West Virginia’s industrial energy efficiency program. A partnership with the West Virginia Division of Energy, it was the nation’s first state-level program to help manufacturers create financial savings through energy efficiency and was the model for more than 20 other state IOF programs nationwide. The program’s goal is to save energy, reduce waste, and improve productivity in the country’s most energy-intensive industries, including aluminum and steel. IOF-WV teams work closely with companies to assess high priority research needs and develop projects that improve energy efficiency and environmental performance. The IOF-WV program works within the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at WVU.
The “Champion of Energy” award will be presented at the ACEEE Summer Study on Industrial Energy Efficiency.