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This Clean Energy Manufacturing (CEMfg) initiative provides technical assistance and business support to small and medium manufacturers and enterprises seeking to expand business, production and jobs in the clean energy supply chains.

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Helping Manufacturers Embrace Clean Energy

Manufacturing companies also need to walk-the-talk on the net zero pathway as they expand manufacturing in these industries, and reinvest money from saved energy in business and workers. CEMfg helps with these initiatives through emissions reductions assessments and implementation strategies that increase efficiency and reduce production costs.

The Appalachian region of southwestern Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and eastern Ohio has been central in the coal energy sector which powered American manufacturing might, and to the natural gas industry which is now a cornerstone of America’s energy independence. CEMfg was established to help small and medium manufacturers be a part of this Clean Energy Economy.

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This clean economy vision builds on the competitive assets of the region and looks to create an Appalachian Decarbonization Hub with key elements that will include:

  • The manufacture of low-carbon intensity products and feedstocks
  • Renewable energy component and technology manufacturing
  • Electric vehicle and charging infrastructure manufacturing
  • Smart grid technologies
  • Green building technologies
  • Blue and green hydrogen plants and technologies
  • Carbon capture and storage technologies
  • Plastic recycling technologies
  • Other key components of a decarbonization and net zero sector.
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CEMfg is led by Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission and managed by these economic development partners:

    Catalyst Connection (part of PA MEP)
    Tom Reed
    (412) 918-4269
  • Johnstown Area Regional Industries

    Dave Grimaldi
    (814) 262-8366
  • OHIO
    MAGNET(part of Ohio MEP)
    Janelle M. Lee
    (513) 257-5338
    WVU (and WV MEP)
    David Carrick
    (412) 327-9119

Funding for this initiative was provided through the Tri-State Net Zero POWER grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). This initiative is targeted to these 47 counties: This initiative is targeted to these 47 counties:

    • Ohio – Ashtabula, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Mahoning, Trumbull, Tuscarawas


    • Pennsylvania – Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland


  • West Virginia – Berkeley, Boone, Braxton, Brooke, Hancock, Jefferson, Kanawha, Marion, Marshall, Mason, Mercer, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Pleasants, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Summers, Taylor, Tyler, Upshur, Wetzel


Assessments are available to allow manufacturers to identify the best strategies to achieve their unique goals. Start with this self-assessment to get an idea of the awareness and opportunities in clean energy. This can lead to a site assessment or other engagement tailored to company needs.

Self-Assessment – Clean Energy Manufacturing Economy

There are several assessments and tools available to help a company obtain information and analysis about their current energy usage. Here are some programs to look at:

Clean Energy Supply Chain Products and Markets offers numerous resources to help companies learn about the energy industry and identify strategies and opportunities to work in the supply chain. Engagement professionals are available to share information about the regional players in clean energy segments. They can also offer a one-on-one look at how a company might be most successfully involved in the energy supply chain, including recommendations for next steps on that journey.

Greener Factory Strategies help manufacturing companies to proceed down the net zero pathway with efficient energy practices and practical emissions reduction strategies. A cleaner economy vision builds on the competitive assets of the region and looks to create an Appalachian Decarbonization Hub with key elements that will include: solar, wind, hydro, geothermal energy; natural gas energy with a focus on reduced environmental impact; hydrogen technologies; carbon capture, storage and use technologies; smart grid technologies; green building technologies; plastics manufacturing and recycling technologies; low-carbon intensity products and feedstocks; electric vehicle and charging infrastructure manufacturing; and other key components of a decarbonization and net zero sector. No matter where an organization is on their journey towards efficiency and opportunity, continuing education is essential, and the Clean Energy Manufacturing program is available to support the transition. Please refer to the information and toolkit resources below to get started:

CEMfg offers mini-grants of up to $10,000 to support manufacturers who engage in a technical assistance project that will assist them to: 1) engage with the clean energy supply chain and/or 2) implement remission reduction strategies. These are reimbursement grants awarded after the project is completed to help offset some of the investment cost by the company.

Clean Energy Manufacturing Mini-grant Guidelines

There are additional grant and tax incentive opportunities that a company may qualify depending on various factors (location, industry, business size, ownership type, etc.) Here are some programs to look at:


Top Energy Losses at Your Manufacturing Facility

September 7th 11:00-11:30 AM | Webinar

Presented by Clair Hessmer, Energy Engineer, CLEAResult
part of the FuelForThought webinar learning series

Energy loss at your manufacturing facility not only increases your overall carbon footprint, but it also costs your operation potentially thousands of dollars each year. Prior to doing an onsite energy assessment, there are a few ways you can look closer at your own facility and implement emission and cost reduction measures today!

In our webinar, you will learn from energy experts on common ways companies can lower their energy consumption without having a negative impact on their operations. Some of these quick savings and energy loss areas will surprise you, be sure to join us for informative webinar.

We are joined by the experts from CLEAResult in this informative session. CLEAResult is North America’s largest provider of energy efficiency, energy transition and decarbonization solutions.

There is no cost to attend this webinar.

Navigating Energy Supply Chain Opportunities

September 21st 11:00-11:30 AM | Webinar

Presented by Kathryn Klaber, The Klaber Group and Tom Reed, Catalyst Connection
part of the FuelForThought webinar learning series

The evolving energy landscape is providing new and unique supply chain opportunities for manufacturers across Appalachia. Learn more about the diverse power generation & management sectors, and growing opportunities in storage, energy transportation, and product development.

This webinar will provide an overview of 14 energy segments with a focus on the emerging sectors in energy. You will walk away with a baseline knowledge of where the key market opportunities are for several sectors. Be sure to submit your questions ahead of time and join us for this informative discussion. This session will also highlight resources available through technical assistant programs for mini-grants, hands on workshops, site tours, and additional online resources. There is no cost, but registration is required.

There is no cost to attend this webinar.

Insider Tips About Tax Credits For Manufacturers

October 5th 11:00-11:30 AM | Webinar

Gil Gonzales has spent his career in economic development. He is a former appointee to the Governor of California, the mayor of Los Angeles, and VP at the Arizona Commerce Authority under Governor Ducey. He is the co-founder of, the “TurboTax of Government Incentives” that launched last year and has already helped dozens of small manufacturers claim tens of millions of dollars in economic incentives and tax credits. He is also the author of the book Government Incentives: What Every Small and Medium Sized Business Owner Needs to Know About Finding and Applying for Programs in Your Area. Join him as he leads a workshop about everything you need to know to take advantage of these programs to make sure you aren’t leaving money on the table!

There is no cost to attend this webinar but registration is required.

Private Tour: Drilling Rig Site Visit

October 11th 7:00AM-3:00 PM | Webinar

Join the Clean Energy Manufacturing team as we visit Northeast Natural Energy (NNE) and learn more about their geothermal and unconventional well projects in West Virginia. Lunch & refreshments will be provided.

We will provide bus transportation to and from the site locations. We will meet at a location (Southpointe – location being finalized) and depart for Morgantown no later than 7:30AM. We will depart no later than 2:30PM from Morgantown. Details to be confirmed and shared with registrants when available. Limited parking is available at NNE offices in Morgantown where participants can meet. All attendees will be required to travel to and from drilling locations on the bus.

Space is limited with preference for manufacturers within the Clean Energy Manufacturing footprint.

All costs for this tour are covered by the Clean Energy Manufacturing initiative.

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The Clean Energy Manufacturing initiative supports small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) in eligible counties to expand business, production, and jobs in clean energy supply chains and reduce costs through greener factory efficiencies.

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