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City of Pittsburgh MOU News Center

NETL and its partners are continuously making progress towards building and restructuring the 9 energy districts of the City of Pittsburgh MOU, conducting extensive research for clean energy solutions, and providing support for other projects that utilize the clean, efficient use of fossil energy and advance Pittsburgh into being a “City of the Future”. As these updates are released to the public, the News Center will showcase the documents here for your convenience.

Click the following link to see where the electric vehicle charging stations are located throughout the City of Pittsburgh and surrounding communities: List of charging stations.

News Releases:

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy (FE) officials joined NETL representatives to tour the prototype 200kW Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) system in Pittsburgh’s central business district that is advancing technology to provide clean, high-efficiency power from fossil fuels on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.
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Bo Riisgaard Pedersen, Special Advisor at Danish Energy Agency, presents at the Pittsburgh-Denmark Energy City Conference in March 2018
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Daniel Donovan, the Founder and President of NuPower LLC, presents at the Pittsburgh-Denmark Energy City Conference in March 2018


Upcoming Events

  • NETL Meets with GlobalPittsburgh:
    NETL personnel will meet with four energy experts from Japan and present on NETL’s efforts in assisting the City of Pittsburgh in its Clean Energy City of the Future initiatives. The energy experts are participating in a project entitled “Energy Security” that focuses on

    • exploring U.S. energy policy making at the federal, state, and local level
    • observing how U.S. policymakers balance different energy sources (nuclear, coal, gas, renewables) to meet demand and ensure stable supply
    • learning how new technology is transforming the concept of energy security in the United States
    • hearing from energy industry players about how markets are changing and how they respond to changes in policy.

    Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2019
    Locale: Pittsburgh, PA


  • Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle (PAAV) Summit
    As highly automated vehicles grow in public awareness, automated vehicle technology offers the promise of a mobility revolution. The Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Summit will focus on learning about the critical issues facing community and regional infrastructure planning and workforce development as we explore the future of automated vehicles. The 2019 Summit will include session items such as:

    • Local Government Public Works: Preparing for AV
    • Human-Factors: Consumer Expectations & Education
    • AV Interactions with Pedestrians & Bicyclists
    • Connected Automated Vehicles Transition Period: Sharing the Road

    To view the entire list of session topics, visit the PAAV Summit website.
    Date: Wednesday-Friday, September 4-6, 2019
    Locale: Pocono Manor, PA (Kalahari Convention Center, 250 Kalahari Blvd, Pocono Manor, PA 18349)


  • 9th Annual Pennsylvania Energy Efficiency Conference:
    The Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance and its partners will hold the 9th Annual Pennsylvania Energy Efficiency Conference on September 26-27, 2019 in Harrisburg, PA. The conference will bring together the energy efficiency industry’s most prominent players will convene for two days of valuable networking and dynamic discussions about developing policy, emerging technology trends, and the future of energy efficiency. State, regional and national experts will speak on a variety of energy efficiency technologies and topics. Registration is $150.00 (plus a $10.76 fee) for government employees. For more information, please visit

    Date: Thursday-Friday, September 26-27, 2019
    Locale: Harrisburg, PA (Hilton Harrisburg Hotel, 1 North 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101)


  • 10th Anniversary National EcoDistricts Summit
    EcoDistricts are neighborhoods or districts where neighbors, community institutions and businesses join with city leaders and utility providers to meet ambitious sustainability goals and co-develop innovative district-scale projects. Pittsburgh is often cited as one of the world's most dramatic "turn around" stories - a region rich in history and economic might that has reemerged from the collapse of the American steel manufacturing industry to rise again as a center of place-based sustainability and urban vibrancy. The summit will have six major themes and topics:

    • Engagement & Governance
    • Health & Wellbeing
    • Rating Systems & Tools
    • Technology & Innovation
    • District Planning & Design
    • Ecological Design

    For more information on EcoDistricts, visit the EcoDistricts website.
    Date: Monday-Tuesday, November 4-5, 2019
    Locale: Pittsburgh, PA (August Wilson Center African American Cultural Center, 980 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222)


  • Transform Harness Innovate Navigate Collaborate (THINC30) Tank #3 on “Future Cities” in Pittsburgh:
    THINC30 is a summit on transforming, harnessing, innovating, navigating and collaborating for a purpose-driven, sustainable future by 2030. In Pittsburgh, Covestro LLC’s U.S. headquarters, the company’s signature social innovation initiative to drive community-wide sustainability is THINC30.Launched in 2017, THINC30 are annual summits that bring the 17 global United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to local Pittsburgh business, government, academic, and non-profit leaders – and engaged citizens – so they may use them to advance the region’s growth and prosperity in a responsible sustainable way. The third THINC30 Tank of 2019 will be on “Future Cities”, and will address factors that should be considered when building the sustainable city of tomorrow. This has a significant alignment with the NETL MOU with the City of Pittsburgh. For more information, please visit

    Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
    Locale: Pittsburgh, PA (TBD, likely Energy Innovation Center, 1435 Bedford Avenue)


  • 2020 PA Brownfields Conference
    The 2020 PA Brownfields Conference will feature presentations with current, relevant, and informative content on a wide range of topics involved in bringing a brownfield back to successful reuse. This year, conference organizers hope to go beyond traditional topics to present a program that is thought-provoking and forward thinking with “what’s next” for the brownfield industry. The Engineers’ Society of Western PA and Department of Environmental Protection are accepting presentation proposals until September 27, 2019.
    Date: Monday-Wednesday, March 9-11, 2020
    Locale: State College, PA