Duquesne Light Building Experimental Microgrid

December 1, 2015 By Carl Weinschenk

duquense_lightDuquesne Light, a Pittsburgh power company with 620,000 customers in Allegheny and Beaver counties, will build and operate an experimental microgrid at its Woods Run facility along the Ohio River. The story at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said that planning began after the city signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy in July to explore district energy.

The idea is that the microgrid can both provide renewable energy and guard against cyberattacks and weather-related outages, the story said. University of Pittsburgh engineering students will be involved in the planning, which will be ongoing next year. The plant is expected to be operational in 2017. Generation, the story said, could reach 5 MW.

A great number of energy efficient features were built into the new 33-story PNC Tower in Pittsburgh. The features include natural ventilation and slatted blinds that close automatically on sunny days to cut air conditioning.

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