MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s ability to provide efficient energy for industry could create thousands of skilled jobs and help secure the state’s economic future.

That’s according to a new report released by the American Jobs Project with James Van Nostrand, professor of law at WVU.

“Industrial energy efficiency can help West Virginia manufacturers reduce their energy costs and remain competitive in today's marketplace,” said Van Nostrand, who is the director of the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development at the WVU College of Law.

Van Nostrand served as an advisor to the report, titled “The West Virginia Works Project: A Guide to Creating Jobs in Industrial Energy Efficiency.”

By providing energy solutions to manufacturers, the report finds West Virginia could create more than 6,100 direct and indirect jobs annually through 2030.

To learn more about and download a copy of the West Virginia report, visit