Andrew Burger, Microgrid Knowledge
Pittsburgh, which hopes to eventually develop a grid of microgrids, continues to evolve as a center of energy innovation with about 20 distributed energy, nanogrid and microgrid projects now emerging in the Pennsylvania city.
“We identified promising sites in different parts of the city — neighborhoods, college campuses, commercial and industrial parks, greenfield or brownfield sites, etc. Some are big and ambitious, others are smaller in scale and more modest in ambition. But they all would potentially benefit from taking a microgrid or district energy approach, and we’re moving forward with all of them,” said Gregg Reed, director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Energy and Energy GRID Institute.
The demonstration projects are part of a broader, strategic plan laid out by Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto to enhance energy resiliency and reliability while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Some of the projects are up and running, but the majority are in the planning and feasibility assessment phases.
Meanwhile, the city is seeing its innovation spread beyond state borders and attract international partners.