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A Collaborative Approach to Sustainability: A Case Study of
West Virginia Sustainable Communities

Edward R. Crowe, Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan, Gregory E. Adolfson, Gerald Biser, Kathleen Cullen

This case study presents the impact of the West Virginia Sustainable Communities initiative working in unison with a new program called Economy, Energy and the Environment-West Virginia (E3-WV). Highlighting the synergy of these programs, this paper will discuss how these initiatives are designed to help local governments and industries thrive in a new business era to promote sustainable government, manufacturing, and economic growth throughout West Virginia. The roles of the respective partners are emphasized with a focus on the potential for future development that can result from strong government, university, and private sector collaborations.

Energy Efficiency Programs in West Virginia: A Partnership Approach

Energy Efficiency Programs in West Virginia: A Partnership Approach

Kathleen Cullen, Edward Crowe, Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan, Subodh Chaudhari


Industrial Energy Technology Conference, New Orleans, LA, May 17-19, 2011

West Virginia’s successful energy efficiency program relies on the close working relationship between the West Virginia Division of Energy and West Virginia University’s energy efficiency programs, Industries of the Future – West Virginia and WVU Industrial Assessment Center. These organizations work together to conduct the State’s energy efficiency assistance programs that include R&D, assessments, and outreach, identify potential clients, and offer a wide range of services. The partnership has the capability to provide these services to facilities ranging in size from small commercial businesses to large manufacturing facilities. The partners have affiliations not only within industry but also with industry organizations, utilities, and national laboratories. This range of services creates a synergistic relationship that allows the WV team to obtain competitive awards that benefit the stakeholders. This paper will focus on how West Virginia has a successful industrial energy efficiency program with limited state funding and no surcharges on utility bills.

Results of an Enhanced Save Energy Now (SEN) Energy Assessment

Results of an Enhanced Save Energy Now (SEN) Energy Assessment
A Case Study of a Steel Mini-Mill

Ed Crowe, Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan, Kathleen Cullen, Subodh Chaudhari


2011 Industrial Energy Technology Conference, New Orleans, LA, May 17-19, 2011

This case study represents the potential impact of one energy assessment conducted under West Virginia’s Save Energy Now Regional Partnership program for delivery of “enhanced” industrial energy efficiency assessments and implementation. The enhanced assessment process developed in the project provides flexible, multi-level assistance ranging from plant-wide comprehensive assessments to individual system consultations. The flexibility of the enhanced assessment process is innovative in its ability to deliver energy efficiency services at varying stages of the assessment process including pre-assessment, assessment, and post-assessment with a strong focus on facilitating the implementation of energy efficiency measures. A post-assessment period emphasizes an ongoing relationship with client companies to provide technical information, implementation assistance, and training on measurement and verification of energy savings. The case study presented highlights the results of this assessment process conducted at a steel mini-mill by the WVU assessment team.