West Virginia University is committed to decreasing the amount of energy used on campus through strong conservation efforts and an energy performance contract with Siemens Building Solutions which has resulted in significant drops in energy usage and substantial savings to WVU. In addition, WVU reduces energy usage through the usage of “Green Steam” for heating and cooling. The steam is taken from a steam extraction point from the Morgantown Energy Associates (MEA) power plant, a co-generation facility located near campus. WVU also lowers energy usage through the purchase of a wide variety of Energy Star products and has installed energy-saving technologies in many buildings.
In addition, WVU is a leading research institution into energy and is currently conducting new research known as the Advanced Energy Initiative which is dedicated to the development of new alternative and renewable energy sources.