NETL and its partners are continuously making progress towards building and restructuring the nine 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.
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF): Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Underscores Need To Slash Methane, Deploy Natural Climate Solutions; Will Likely Exceed 1.5 Degrees Celsius Of Warming [8.9.21]
Carnegie Mellon University and the Richard King Mellon Foundation Announce a Historic Partnership to Accelerate CMU’s Science and Technology Leadership, and the Transformation of Hazelwood Green [5.24.21]
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Awards Over $3.4 Million of Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIG) to Support Cleaner Fuel Transportation Projects to Improve Air Quality and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions [5.17.21]
Three States and District of Columbia Sign On to the Regional Transportation Climate Initiative: Pennsylvania Does Not Sign, But Commits to Individual Actions to Reduce Climate Changing Emissions From Transportation [12.21.20]
Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) Provides $1.7 Million in COVID-19 Restart Grants to 11 Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Statewide (including projects with the City of Pittsburgh and Phipps Conservatory and Botanic Gardens [12.8.20]
Appalachian Regional Commission Awards Over $15 Million in Partnerships for Opportunity in Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Grants For Trails, Job Training, and Broadband in Pennsylvania Communities Impacted by the Slowdown of Coal [10.14.20]
Millvale EcoDistrict Achieves the Nationally Recognized EcoDistricts Certification, Joining the Neighboring Etna EcoDistrict as the Second Community in the World to Achieve This Certification [5.28.20]
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) Projects the Commonwealth Could Cut Carbon Emissions Dramatically as Part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Cap-and-Trade Effort [4.23.20]
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) Climate Change Committee to Hear Presentation on Public Health Impacts of Climate Change and an Update on the Act 129 Energy Efficiency Program at April 30, 2020 Virtual Meeting [4.17.20]
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP): Coal-Fired Power Plants Are Closing Without the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), We Have to Confront This Issue to Help Workers and Communities [3.5.20]
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Begins Accepting Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant Applications on December 9, 2019; Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) is Also Offering Clean Vehicle Grants/Rebates [11.25.19]
Three Pittsburgh Institutions – University of Pittsburgh, Highmark Health, and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) – Share How They’re Working to Limit Their Contributions to Climate Change [9.25.19]
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) Awards Over $2.8 Million in Clean Energy Vehicle Grants, Including Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations for the City of Pittsburgh [4.29.19]
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Partners working with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in the Better Buildings Initiative set ambitious goals and contribute the kinds of real-world energy, water, and waste solutions that are accelerating our future toward a clean energy economy. Through their leadership and commitment to transparency, partners demonstrate effective strategies to help address our climate emergency, create jobs, and promote healthy, safe, and thriving communities.
This past year, building owners and plant managers faced significant new barriers to energy efficiency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. These challenges included dramatic fluctuations in occupancy levels, the need for increased ventilation, the repurposing of budgets, and layoffs and staffing disruptions. Despite these difficulties, many partners continued to prioritize energy efficiency and found ways to meet the challenge of operating during a pandemic, while taking advantage of reduced occupancy in buildings and plants to make upgrades.
Achieved Impressive Energy and Cost Savings
The 950+ private and public sector Better Buildings partners have collectively saved more than 2.2 quadrillion British thermal units (QBtu) of energy since the start of the program. This amounts to a savings of more than $13 billion and 130 million tons of CO2 . Partners also have reduced their water use by more than 10.2 billion gallons.
Shared Solutions and Collaborated to Overcome Barriers
Partners shared portfolio-wide, clean energy strategies and real-world solutions with the marketplace. Best-practice efficiency measures that have been implemented in buildings and plants are highlighted in peer-to-peer events and featured in the tools, in-plant trainings, and other resources distributed by DOE.
Advanced Innovative New Technologies
Partners tested, validated, and helped disseminate new energy-, water-, or waste-saving technologies in their buildings and plants. They participated in technology campaigns led by experts from DOE's National Labs and signed up for technical field validation studies.
Embraced New Opportunities
Many partners have also set waste and water reduction goals to complement their energy reduction commitments. Additionally, more than 50 partners joined a pilot effort to demonstrate pathways to achieve low carbon emissions from building and manufacturing operations by leveraging on-site and off-site renewables and other low carbon energy generation options.
Date: May 17, 2021
Author: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Better Buildings Initiative
The purpose of creating this strategic plan is to:
The strategic plan and its recommendations will be implemented and updated over time as needed by The City’s Electric Vehicle Task Force.
The scope of this plan expanded from its initial focus on Pittsburgh Parking Authority (PPA) facilities to also include other public-facing City facilities such as parks and recreation centers, primarily to enable an increased focus on improving Citywide access to public EV charging, including in areas without Parking Authority facilities. Additionally, the plan addresses opportunities to partner with stakeholders to drive private investment in EV charging, and discusses potential options for pursuing curbside charging in the future.
Date: April 19, 2021
Author:City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning in collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge and the Pittsburgh Parking Authority
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) works to protect the state’s air, land, and water from pollution; restore these natural resources; and provide for Pennsylvanians’ health and safety through a cleaner environment. Advancing this mission, the DEP Energy Programs Office is the primary entity under the Governor’s jurisdiction responsible for programs that promote knowledge and use of energy efficiency and energy conservation technologies as well as indigenous, clean, alternative fuels, including energy production and use technologies.
One of the core functions of the Energy Programs Office is to work with partners to gather data and develop resources to help policy makers, planners, and other leaders in Pennsylvania make informed and best-outcome energy decisions. To provide a foundation on which to understand future energy employment changes and base energy employment decisions, the Energy Programs Office commissioned BW Research to conduct a baseline analysis of Pennsylvania’s clean energy workforce from 2017 through 2019. This is the 2020 Pennsylvania Clean Energy Employment Report.
This report details employment in the clean energy sector, as defined by the Energy Programs Office. Clean energy jobs are categorized into the following five major technology sectors: Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy Generation, Alternative Transportation, Clean Grid and Storage, Clean Fuels.
Date: August 17, 2020
Author: Commissioned from BW Research by the DEP Energy Programs Office
Cities are global hubs of economic activity and energy consumption, accounting for 66% of energy use and 70% of CO2 emissions. All of them rely on the uninterrupted flow of energy to function properly. However, climate change is presenting them with an unprecedented array of risks, challenges, and disruptions. In response, cities are actively planning to improve energy efficiency and promote renewable energy to make their neighborhoods more resilient in the face of climate change as well as other shocks and stresses.
This American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) report details their study that reviewed and rated 66 plans selected from the 100 Resilient Cities international program. ACEEE identified the energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives that cities commonly include in their plans. They also identify and discuss opportunities that cities have missed to improve their energy efficiency and increase their reliance on renewable energy.
The Key Takeaways from this report are:
Date: January 2019
Author: Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings (Robert Maxim and Mark Muro)
IDEAS for PENNSYLVANIA INNOVATION: Examining efforts by competitor states and national leaders:
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.
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)