USDA Energy Assessment Program

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Partners: West Virginia University, Industries of the Future – West Virginia, WVU Industrial Assessment Center, West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership, West Virginia Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension Service, West Virginia Division of Energy, West Virginia Department of Agriculture, West Virginia Manufacturers Association.

Our Objective: Develop and implement a State-wide energy audit program that delivers cost-effective audits to assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs. The project team will promote and conduct energy audits specifically developed for agricultural producers and rural small businesses in West Virginia.

Audits are free to rural, small businesses.

Eligibility: Agricultural producers and for-profit rural small business. A for-profit small rural business is defined as any that employs less than 500 people in a designated rural area. The only areas in West Virginia that are not designated as rural are Charleston, Huntington, and selected areas of the I-64 corridor. If you have questions about your eligibility this website will confirm your status:

Anticipated Energy Savings: Our assessment recommendations can help save from 5 to 10 percent of energy costs in areas of lighting, HVAC and building envelope thermographic analysis. The analysis of high energy consuming processes could result in even higher costs saving recommendations.

More information:

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Audit Types

On-site energy audit

This type of audit focuses on one or more energy systems and will be done completely on site. The audit team will arrive in the morning, examine utility bills, meet with company personnel and request a plant tour, examine energy consuming equipment and processes, collect energy data, and determine energy saving recommendations. This type of audit will typically be a single day assessment including energy analysis and diagnostics.

Off-Site energy audit

This type of audit will require the client to fill in data with respect to specific energy systems and send the information to the audit team electronically. The template that the assessment team has developed for specific energy systems should be completed by the client company. The audit team will examine the submitted data and generate energy saving recommendations based on sound engineering practices, analysis, and discussion with the client by phone or via the internet.

Agricultural Producer Audit

This type of audit will be an on-site audit with preliminary data collection including energy bills and a compilation of the individual building characteristics such as size, description of wall construction and insulation. The agricultural audit assessment template should be completed prior to the audit. The audit will typically consist of a single day visit by the audit team to assess the condition of each building and the energy using equipment.


Broiler House Information Required for Energy Audit [.pdf 23kb]
USDA Energy Audit Program Questionnaire [.pdf 380kb]
WV Poultry Energy Audits Presentation [.pdf 8mb]

USDA Energy Audit – General Information

USDA Energy Audit – Specific Systems

Financial Assistance Available


Ed Crowe
WVU National Research Center for Coal & Energy
(304) 293-2867 ext. 5435

Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan 
WVU National Research Center for Coal & Energy
(304) 293-2867 ext. 5530

Jesse E. Gandee
USDA Rural Development
(304) 284-4882

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