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3 thought-provoking things from 'The future of energy: Can we get to zero carbon?' forum in Pittsburgh

By District Energy posted 01-30-2019 00:00


Scott Blanchard, WITF


Three experts whose work focuses on issues related to climate change discussed whether it's possible for the U.S. to eventually get its electricity from carbon-emission-free sources -- and what that might look like.

Paulina Jaramillo, Ivonne Peña and Greg Reed spoke with moderators Reid Frazier and Amy Sisk, two StateImpact Pennsylvania reporters who moderated the panel at "The future of energy: Can we get to zero carbon?" at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. An estimated 140 people attended the event, produced by StateImpact and partners WESA and The Allegheny Front in coordination with the EIC.

Look for a full report on the discussion in a February episode of StateImpact's 'energy, explained' podcast. Meanwhile, here are three thought-provoking responses from the panelists during the discussion:

Greg Reed is a professor of electric power engineering at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering, and director of Pitt's Center for Energy and the Energy GRID Institute. His research has focused on topics including advanced electric power grid and energy generation, energy storage and micro-grids.

He was asked why it's important to address a global issue on a local scale and talked about Pittsburgh's involvement in the District Energy Initiative, a "concept of a grid of microgrids in and around the city of Pittsburgh, where we can look at building in sustainability, resiliency, reliability, and security into our grid infrastructure, especially at the local distribution level. 

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