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 RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Cooperation with a new Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University energy management program will significantly strengthen Virginia Power's energy efficiency programs for its industrial customers, company officials said today.
 Virginia Power representatives presented Virginia Tech's Industrial Energy Center (IEC) with a $40,000 donation today in Blacksburg. Part of Virginia Tech's College of Engineering, the IEC will offer energy management assistance to state companies. Among the services the IEC plans to offer include technical assistance and information, energy analyses and audits for industries, and energy management training.
 The IEC has also agreed to assist Virginia Power's own energy efficiency program. The IEC will help Virginia Power conduct energy audits of industrial facilities and will offer advanced energy efficiency training for company personnel and those of its customers. The IEC will assist Virginia Power's development of a new manual of models and guidelines for conducting energy audits.
 "Virginia Power is committed to helping our customers improve their energy management and strengthen their ability to compete in a rapidly changing marketplace. The more efficient use of energy is a crucial element in this successful competition. We are confident that the Industrial Energy Center can play an important role in assisting our efforts," said James T. Rhodes, Virginia Power president and chief executive officer. "We believe our support of the IEC is a valuable investment in a more energy efficient future for Virginia industry."
 "Our ConserVision approach pledges us to help customers manage their energy needs intelligently, and our association with the IEC will give us powerful new tools to help assure our industrial customers have the latest information on the wise use of energy," said Thomas J. O'Neil, Virginia Power vice president-Energy Efficiency.
 "We hope to create a central point in Virginia where industries can receive help and information regarding their energy conservation needs," said Professor W.H. Mashburn, co-director of the IEC. "We want to provide services that not only assist existing companies, but also help new companies considering setting up operations in the state. Our association with Virginia Power has helped our project gel and is a good beginning."
 Mashburn and Professor W.C. Thomas of Virginia Tech's Mechanical Engineering Department are co-directors of the IEC. Contributions from electric and gas utilities, government agencies and other industries will help support the center.
 The center will train graduate and undergraduate students in energy management techniques. This training will include audits to help businesses find opportunities to conserve energy through improvements in systems such as lighting, heating and air conditioning, and motors as drives, as well as advanced electro-technologies. The center also plans a laboratory to review and develop conservation technologies.
 Under the agreement with Virginia Power, students in the IEC program will assist company personnel in conducting detailed audits of industrial customers' facilities. The IEC will also offer training classes on energy efficiency topics for Virginia Power employees and customers and provide company personnel with information on energy management technology. Virginia Power's new audit manual will be developed with IEC assistance; computer software will allow the manual to be tailored to meet the needs of each customer undergoing an audit.
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 /CONTACT: William H. Byrd of Virginia Power, 804-771-6115, W.H. Mashburn of Virginia Tech, 703-231-6684/

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