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UK's Energy Center Provides Outreach across the Region

Media Contact: Marybeth McAlister, (859) 257-0224

West Liberty Office, UK CAER Energy Extension

LEXINGTON, Ky. The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) is providing energy outreach to citizens in eastern Kentucky. The CAER recently opened an 'energy extension' office in West Liberty (Morgan County). The office is housed within Morehead State University's Regional Enterprise Center.

According to CAER Director Rodney Andrews, "The purpose of the outreach office is to assist local governments, schools, and industry in the development of energy projects and educate them on the capabilities of the Center, the University, legislative policy, and Governor Beshear's strategy for energy independence."

Heading the effort is Greg Copley. Greg has nearly 30 years of experience dealing with environmental issues including air pollution, hazardous material spills, asbestos abatement and compliance assistance to small businesses. Most recently he served as director of the nationally-recognized Kentucky Business Environmental Assistance Program. In that capacity he and his staff assisted Kentucky's small businesses in meeting environmental regulations.

Greg Copley

"We want people, especially of coal producing counties, to know what the lab and Commonwealth have to offer. The CAER has the capacity to do something simple like run analysis on coal samples, or to engage in long term research projects with small businesses," says Copley.

With energy news at the forefront of everyday life in America, the Center's staff provides a unique opportunity for citizens with concerns and ideas to reach an expert who can answer their questions. The Center for Applied Energy Research is a stand-alone research center operated by UK. It employs roughly 100 staff members including part-time undergraduate and graduate students. It is located on Iron Works Pike in Lexington.

The CAER's West Liberty office held its first Open House on December 9, 2008 to introduce the lab's program managers, their research, and industrial support to those who might utilize these services.

For more information about the West Liberty Regional Office, contact Greg Copley at or 877-743-4005, ext. 204.

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