- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Appalachian Power has expanded its energy efficiency programs for West Virginia businesses.

Officials say changes to the programs are making it more flexible than previous energy efficiency programs for commercial and industrial customers.

The Charleston Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/X6oSZt) that programs allow manufacturers, hospitals, schools and other nonresidential energy users to receive funding or incentives for existing and new projects that help them become more energy efficient. Applicable projects include custom heating and air conditioning, lighting, motors, controls and data systems installation.

Officials say there’s $550,000 budgeted for the programs this year.

Companies must submit project plans for approval to qualify for funding assistance. This year’s projects must be submitted by Dec. 31.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com

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