A unique partnership between NETL and the City of Pittsburgh supports the development of energy districts designed to meet the energy needs of individual neighborhoods using highly efficient and cost-effective technologies.
In 2015, NETL and Pittsburgh leaders signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to transform the city’s energy system and aging infrastructure by implementing a “grid of microgrids” concept that spanned nine energy districts.
“Since then, the partnership has grown and enabled city officials and developers to take advantage of local resources and infrastructure, as well as NETL-supported technologies, to develop systems that are the future of energy,” said James Ferguson, NETL’s State & Local Partnerships manager.
Many of the advancements made under the MOU are highlighted in an updated City of Pittsburgh Energy Districts Map. It includes information about today’s 10 districts across Pittsburgh that are operating, planned or under development to supply local residents, businesses and institutions with clean, reliable and affordable power.
The map includes information about how several districts are using fossil fuel resources with enhanced efficiency to operate a network of small-scale distributed energy systems. It also details recent efforts such as a hydroelectric plant on the Allegheny River to generate electricity for the University of Pittsburgh and the development of Hazelwood Green, a former steel mill site that has been transformed into a center of innovation that operates almost exclusively on renewable-based distributed energy.
NETL continues to work with the City of Pittsburgh and partners, including the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Clearway Energy and Duquesne Light, on projects that support the network.