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This Clean Energy Manufacturing in Appalachia (CEMA) 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. CEMA helps with these initiatives through emissions reductions assessments and implementation strategies that increase efficiency and reduce production costs.

The Appalachian region of 156 counties of Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia 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. CEMA was established to help small and medium manufacturers be a part of this Clean Energy Economy. This program is managed by Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) organizations from five Appalachian states. The activities and intended outcomes of CEMA align with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) MEP and its mission to enhance the productivity and technological performance of U.S. manufacturing.

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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:

Power Generation & Management

  • Electric Grids
  • Geothermal
  • Hydropower
  • Hydrogen Production
  • Natural Gas
  • Nuclear
  • Solar
  • Wind


  • Batteries
  • Chemicals
  • Circular Plastics
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Grid Components
  • Low-Carbon Products
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Manufacturers should connect with their local MEP Point of Contact to learn more about CEMA opportunities:

    Catalyst Connection (southwestern part of PA MEP)
    Tom Reed
    (412) 918-4269
  • Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI)
    Dave Grimaldi
    (814) 262-8366
  • IMC (central part of PA MEP)
    Dennis Gilbert
    (570) 329-3200 X8089
  • MANTEC (south central part of PA MEP)
    Bruce Newell
    (717) 833-6196
  • MRC (central east part of PA MEP)
    Shawn Furman
    (610) 737-2529
  • NEPIRC (northeastern part of PA MEP)
    Eric Esoda
    (570) 704-0012
  • NWIRC (northwestern part of PA MEP)
    Robert Zaruta
    (814) 217-6061
  • OHIO
    MAGNET(part of Ohio MEP)
    Janelle M. Lee
    (513) 257-5338
    WVU (and WV MEP)
    David Carrick
    (412) 327-9119
    Maryland MEP
    Michael Kelleher
    (443) 343-0085
    AMT (part of New York MEP)
    Carol Miller
    (607) 774-0022 x316

Funding for this initiative was provided through the following grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC):

  • Manufacturing the New Energy Economy in Appalachia – ARISE Grant
  • Tri-State Net Zero – POWER Grant
  • ShalePOWER 2.0: Supporting Appalachian Businesses to Diversify into the Shale-Manufacturing Sectors

This initiative is targeted to the following 156 counties across five states in Appalachia:

    • Maryland – Allegheny, Garrett, and Washington
    • New York – Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins
    • Pennsylvania – Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming
    • Ohio – Adams, Ashtabula, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Carroll, Clermont, Columbiana, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mahoning, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Vinton, Washingtons
  • West Virginia
      – Barbour, Berkeley, Boone, Braxton, Brooke, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Summers, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt, Wood, Wyoming


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:


The Future of Appalachia – Putting the Basin First - CNX Resources

March 7, 2024 | 11:00-11:30 AM | Virtual

CNX Resources has been operating within Appalachia for 159 years and is dedicated to providing local jobs and business opportunities. They have launched their Appalachia First initiative to focus on producing local resources and using them first within the basin.

Their vision is to “transform Appalachia into the natural gas technology, use, and manufacturing hub of the future.”

Learn more about this exciting initiative and be sure to join us to understand how you can get involved.

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