UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Pennsylvania manufacturers hoping to improve energy efficiency and cut down on the levels of carbon dioxide they emit can now get assistance from the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP). PennTAP is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education.
PennTAP is searching for companies in Pennsylvania to participate in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Save Energy Now grant program. The program hopes to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy expenses and help the environment. Businesses that apply must be in the manufacturing sector and spend at least $1 million a year on energy costs.
The application deadline to receive assistance from PennTAP is Friday, March 30. The grant covers 50 percent of the $50,000 project cost.
PennTAP Senior Technical Specialist Ralene Molina-Kreiser said PennTAP will select four applicants and provide training and coaching to assist with the implementation.
“The program will help identify the areas in their plant that use the most energy and that they should be targeting for improvement,” Molina-Kreiser said. “The goal is to have a 5 percent energy reduction in three years.”
PennTAP plans to meet with the selected businesses every six weeks for continued training and support.
This program also aims to help participating manufacturers receive national recognition by becoming certified under the American National Standards Institute-accredited Superior Energy Performance program, which includes implementation of an energy management system under ISO 50001, an international energy standard.
This program is a product of the partnership between DOE, the U.S. Council for Energy Efficient Manufacturing, PennTAP and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance.
For more information, call 814-865-0427 or visit http://www.penntap.psu.edu/energy/index.html online.
The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) -- a part of Penn State Outreach -- engages, guides and empowers businesses and organizations throughout the Commonwealth and beyond by providing objective and experience-based technical and workforce solutions that enable clients to succeed and thrive — stimulating economic growth for Pennsylvania. Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 115 countries worldwide.