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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


  • Community Resilience Planning and Clean Energy Initiatives: A Review of City-Led Efforts for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: *NEW*

    Cities are global hubs of economic activity and energy consumption, accounting for 66% of energy use and 70% of CO2 emissions.  All of them rely on the uninterrupted flow of energy to function properly. However, climate change is presenting them with an unprecedented array of risks, challenges, and disruptions. In response, cities are actively planning to improve energy efficiency and promote renewable energy to make their neighborhoods more resilient in the face of climate change as well as other shocks and stresses.

    This American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) report details their study that reviewed and rated 66 plans selected from the 100 Resilient Cities international program. ACEEE identified the energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives that cities commonly include in their plans. They also identify and discuss opportunities that cities have missed to improve their energy efficiency and increase their reliance on renewable energy.

    The Key Takeaways from this report are:

  • Climate change is the primary driver of clean energy initiatives in community resilience planning.
  • While most city resilience plans include at least one energy efficiency initiative, only about a quarter of them include a larger, comprehensive set of initiatives.
  • Cities with comprehensive energy efficiency initiatives also tend to have comprehensive renewable energy initiatives.
  • Cities without robust sets of energy efficiency and renewable energy can emulate and adapt the clean energy initiatives included in the resilience plans of leading cities.
  • Date: January 2019
    Author: Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings (Robert Maxim and Mark Muro)

  • IDEAS for PENNSYLVANIA INNOVATION: Examining efforts by competitor states and national leaders: 
    This Brookings Institution report documents ongoing initiatives, both nationally and in other states, that are contending with challenges similar to those that Pennsylvania’s innovation economy is facing. Specifically, the initiatives in this report:

    • Create an evidence-based state innovation strategy
    • Strengthen business R&D in the state
    • Bolster state investment in early stage financing
    • Mitigate significant spatial divergence

    The initiatives range from those that address a narrow problem or leverage relatively few public resources to those that require substantial time, financial resources, and or/political will to enact. While Pennsylvania’s innovation economy has lagged in recent years, a path is ahead that leads to renewed commitment to inclusive innovation-oriented economic development. Pennsylvania can build upon the initiatives in this report to invest in a state-wide innovation strategy that leverages industry R&D and state resources.

    Date: August 2019
    Author: Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings (Robert Maxim and Mark Muro)

Upcoming Events

  • Microgrids as a Recovery Tool During Social and Economic Disruption

    Presented by Microgrid Knowledge, thought leaders and innovators in the microgrid industry will gather virtually Monday, June 1 through Wednesday, June 3, 2020, to educate the world about the role microgrids and distributed energy play during societal disruptions like the current pandemic. More than 50 speakers will offer real world examples and insight for a range of industries and services — among them healthcare, higher education, business, real estate, government, communities, utilities, and transportation. The speakers will discuss the role microgrids play in providing reliable power, reducing energy costs, and incorporating more clean energy into the grid. Following presentations and discussions, audience members will have the opportunity to seek answers to their questions in live interactive sessions with industry experts. Microgrid Knowledge has postponed its annual live conference to November 18–20, 2020, in Philadelphia, PA.

    Dates and Times: Monday, June 1, 2020 at 12:45 pm – 5 pm EST
    Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 9:45 am – 4 pm EST
    Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 9:45 am – 4 PM EST
    Locale: Virtual