For more than a century, many of Pittsburgh’s office buildings in the Golden Triangle have been kept warm using steam heat generated at a North Shore factory that is conveyed Downtown.
But the Pittsburgh Allegheny County Thermal (PACT) system is old, failing and beyond repair, Mayor Bill Peduto said last year.
A fix is in the works through an agreement the city inked last week with Clearway Community Energy, another North Side-based provider that’s a subsidiary of Clearway Energy Group, a San Francisco-based provider.
The letter of intent signed by the city will allow for plans to transition from the PACT system to a new one managed by Clearway, the city said.
It’s the another step forward after years of planning to find a cost-effective solution for the heating needs of the City-County Building.
PACT operations manager Tim O’Brien called the agreement a “long-term development opportunity” that’s been works for several years.
“This has been a long process of development,” O’Brien said.
PACT has been in the business of providing steam heat to government and private buildings in the Golden Triangle for nearly 40 years.
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