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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:

The CEMA program has contracted with Subcity to offer the Incentive Finder service at no cost (a $1,000 value). Eligible manufacturing companies will receive a personalized report from Subcity that identifies the grants and tax incentives that have the biggest ROI and greatest likelihood of success. Subcity can also assist the company to apply for the incentives for an additional fee.

Subcity Incentive Finder

CEMA 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:


Is Solar Right for My Business?

June 20, 2024 | 11:00 to 11:30 AM | Virtual

Many businesses and organizations are looking to lower their energy costs and often installing solar is a consideration. However understanding the process, where to go, what the costs are, or not knowing what to ask can hinder businesses from exploring further. What are my first steps? Are there incentives? How much will it cost? How do I find installers? Rooftop or ground mount system?

We are pleased to be joined by the experts from the PA Solar Center who can help answer these questions and more. They will provide some case studies, lessons learned, and discuss their G.E.T. Solar program. This program is offered by the PA Solar Center (a statewide nonprofit) to educate businesses, nonprofits, and community property owners on the benefits of going solar. They can provide free technical assistance and financial guidance to organizations who want to learn more about going solar — and how it can save them money.

During the webinar you can expect to learn more about the following:

  • Federal tax credits and grants that provide a minimum of 30% reduction on the system cost
  • Free technical assistance from the PA Solar Center
  • What to look for when selecting a solar developer
  • USDA REAP program grants and loans that offer up to 50% for rural businesses and ag producers

Even if you are not located in Pennsylvania, join the webinar to learn all these tips and more information how the Clean Energy Manufacturing in Appalachia project can help you!

Learn More About the Technology Showcase at Shale Insight Conference

July 11, 2024 | 11:00 to 11:30 AM | Virtual

Learn about an opportunity to work directly with customers in the shale industry while receiving valuable feedback on your product, innovation, or technology. The annual Shale Insights conference of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, September 24-26 in Erie Pennsylvania includes a Technology Showcase. The deadline to apply is August 9, 2024.

This session will be led by Kathryn Klaber of the Klaber Group. Ms. Klaber has nearly 20 years experience in the Shale Industry including leading the Marcellus Shale Coalition and spearheading the creation of the Technology Showcase. The Technology Showcase provides a premiere opportunity for developers of emerging technologies to introduce new innovations to the natural gas industry and its service providers. Selected from a competitive field of entries by the MSC Research Collaborative, the Technology Showcase will highlight the latest technologies coming to the industry.

The Research Collaborative is seeking applications from technology providers interested in presenting their field test-ready innovations to oil and gas industry stakeholders. Technologies beneficial to natural gas exploration, production, midstream, service and utilization areas should be ready for pilot testing, slip stream or full-scale demonstration in the Marcellus and Utica shales. In a format similar to that of a venture capital fair, selected suppliers will be asked to deliver a brief 8-minute presentation followed by a 2-minute Q&A session. Up to 6 applicants will be selected to present at the Technology Showcase. Several technologies that were presented in the last three years have led to established industrial partnerships.

Data-Driven Approaches to Energy Management in Small Manufacturing Enterprises

July 18, 2024 | 11:00 to 11:30 AM | Virtual

Join us for this exciting webinar as the experts from Edgecom Energy discuss how data and technology can help companies reduce their energy consumption and increase their profitability. Edgecom Energy helps large energy consumers take control of their energy costs and reduce emissions by harnessing the power of IoT and AI solutions. Their innovative technology helps companies optimize energy usage, save money, and contribute to a greener, more sustainable future. We will be joined by Behdad Bahrami, CEO and Founder, and Sean Mirrahimi, Chief Revenue Officer.

Battery and Energy Storage Supply Chain

August 1, 2024 | 11:00 to 11:30 AM | Virtual

The New Energy New York (NENY) initiative’s Supply Chain Development Team, led by NY-BEST with the Alliance for Manufacturing and Technology (AMT) and Binghamton University, is dedicated to the development and expansion of manufacturing and service providers to enable and grow New York State’s supply chain and capabilities in battery production and energy storage system production and deployment. This team will be sharing some of the market, products, and subcomponent insights to help you better understand the opportunity for you and your business. The growth rate of the energy storage industry is unprecedented, projected to grow by 400% and create hundreds of thousands of jobs by 2030.
Please join this webinar to learn more about this exciting market and supply chain opportunities for your organization. Ray Strauss, Principal Consultant for the Alliance for Manufacturing and Technology and John Cerveny, Director of Resource Development for NY-BEST will lead this informative discussion

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