U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Advanced Manufacturing Office
OIT Times: New Hampshire Signs MOU, Several Roadmaps Underway
September 22, 2001
We tend to have very high energy costs in New Hampshire, and it a major business issue here,said Jim Taylor of the Governor Office of Energy and Community Services. o when OIT explained the opportunities available through States IOF, we were very interested./p>
Indeed, New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen got involved early and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with OIT. State university researchers and more than a dozen CEOs from local manufacturing companies also signed up.
New Hampshire State IOF effort is run by WasteCap, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire. Together with the Governor Office, they have begun to build intrastate alliances for the state aluminum, steel, metal casting, chemical, forest products industries.
ost of New Hampshire manufacturing firms are very small,said Barbara Bernstein of WasteCap. tate IOF is especially well-suited to our needs because it brings a lot of smaller entities together to create a critical mass./p>
Most of the industry consortia have participated in roadmap sessions, and are drafting state-specific documents. The program active listserv and its interactive website help maximize participation. According to Bernstein, a symposium in October will bring together industry representatives and researchers from the Univ. of New Hampshire to discuss roadmapping and how they can best work together.
ew Hampshire is very environmentally conscious. Many of our companies see that States IOF can play a critical role in helping them employ environmental management practices and achieve and maintain ISO 14000 certification,said Taylor.
The State IOF program also contributed to a partnership
between New Hampshire and nearby Massachusetts. The Industrial Assessment Center
at Univ. of Massachusetts is planning a number of assessments at New Hampshire
sawmills which need to improve operating methods.