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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


  • IDEAS for PENNSYLVANIA INNOVATION: Examining efforts by competitor states and national leaders: *NEW*
    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

  • 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