July 26, 2021

Manchin Announces $60 Million Investment To Increase Energy Efficiency In Manufacturing

West Virginia University is one of 32 universities across 28 states selected to conduct industrial assessments to help local manufacturers reduce carbon footprint, lower costs, and train energy workforce of tomorrow

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today announced $60 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in funding for its largest-ever cohort of university-based Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs), which assist small- and medium-sized manufacturers reduce their carbon emissions and lower energy costs, while training the next generation of energy-efficiency workers. The groundbreaking investment will help remove barriers to decarbonization across the manufacturing sector and support the transition to a cleaner energy future.

“West Virginia University continues to represent the Mountain State at the highest levels, and I am pleased WVU has been selected yet again to help small and medium-sized manufacturers across America lower their energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while remaining globally competitive. Today’s announcement is further acknowledgment of WVU’s groundbreaking engineering programs, world-class students and first-rate faculty. Investments like this will provide students with more opportunities, ensuring that the next generation is equipped with the skills and training necessary to keep West Virginia on the cutting edge of innovation,” said Senator Joe Manchin, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

To learn more about the IAC program, click here. To view the full list of awarded universities, click here.