Morgantown, WV (AP) -- West Virginia's industries of the future program is getting $733,000 to help companies cut their energy consumption 25 percent within a decade.
The U.S. Department of Eenergy funding is intended to help form partnerships in West Virginia, western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio.
Industries of the Future is a program at West Virginia University's National Research Center for Coal and Energy.
Program Coordinator Kathleen Cullen says the initial participants include three Ohio firms -- American Municipal Power, Fireline TCON Inc. and Titan Tire Corp. -- plus Weston-based HK Engine Components LLC.
Cullen says efficiency audits and technical resources will be advertised at six regional workshops and in other venues to try to attract more partners.
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