Energy efficiency http://wesa.fm en Last Steel Beam Placed Atop PNC's New Headquarters http://wesa.fm/post/last-steel-beam-placed-atop-pncs-new-headquarters <p>Hard hats and neon vests filled the Fifth and Wood intersection in downtown Pittsburgh Tuesday morning as construction workers placed the last beam on the Tower at PNC Plaza.<br /><br />The project is far from complete. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done on the inside before 2,200 PNC corporate workers can fill the 33-story building, which will serve as the new headquarters. The project will be finished by mid-2015, according to Bill Demchak, PNC chairman, president and CEO.<br /> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:39:26 +0000 Jess Lasky 31483 at http://wesa.fm Last Steel Beam Placed Atop PNC's New Headquarters Make Watt Choices for the Winter Months http://wesa.fm/post/make-watt-choices-winter-months <p>As the days get shorter, and the sun sets earlier, we find ourselves using more electricity to light our houses. When lights are on 3 to 4 hours straight each day, electric bills can skyrocket.</p><p>A program called <a href="https://www.duquesnelight.com/wattchoices/">Watt Choices</a> sponsored by Duquesne Light is designed to help customers reduce their energy consumption.</p><p>“We encourage our customers to take advantage of these energy efficiency programs and conservation strategies, thus reducing their electric bills,” says Dave Defide, manager of customer programs for Duquesne Light.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:25:26 +0000 Katie Martin 18623 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Ranks Low Among Other Cities on Energy Efficiency Scorecard http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-ranks-low-among-other-cities-energy-efficiency-scorecard <p>The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has issued the first-ever scorecard that ranks cities exclusively on their energy efficiency efforts. Pittsburgh came in at number 25 on a list of 34 cities with a score of 34.25 out of a possible 100.</p><p>Boston was number one with a score of 76.75.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:32:30 +0000 Deanna Garcia 16696 at http://wesa.fm Newest 'Cool Roof' to be Painted This Weekend on North Side http://wesa.fm/post/newest-cool-roof-be-painted-weekend-north-side <p>The city of Pittsburgh’s Cool Roof program is a newer initiative aimed at reducing energy costs in buildings. So far, five city buildings have gotten cool roofs, and on Saturday, weather permitting, Engine 37 on the North Side will also get the cool roof treatment.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 17:55:26 +0000 Deanna Garcia 13677 at http://wesa.fm New 'Cool Roofs' Initiative Seeks to Increase Energy Efficiency with Reflective Paint http://wesa.fm/post/new-cool-roofs-initiative-seeks-increase-energy-efficiency-reflective-paint <p>The Cool Roofs program has officially launched in Pittsburgh. Through the servePGH initiative, the roofs of 10 city-owned buildings will be coated with reflective paint.</p><p>“In the coming months, volunteers will help paint approximately 50,000 square feet of city-owned roofs with a special, eco-friendly white coating,” said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.</p><p>The reflective surface will help reduce carbon emissions and decrease energy costs for the buildings, and eventually that energy savings could extend to wider areas.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 18:57:57 +0000 Deanna Garcia 11308 at http://wesa.fm New 'Cool Roofs' Initiative Seeks to Increase Energy Efficiency with Reflective Paint $30 Million CMU Grant to Allow for Expanded Energy Research http://wesa.fm/post/30-million-cmu-grant-allow-expanded-energy-research <p>Carnegie Mellon University has received its largest private foundation grant in the school’s history.</p><p>A $30 million grant provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation will go toward a new institute to coordinate the university’s energy activities.</p><p>CMU President Jared Cohon said all seven colleges of the university are working on the topic of energy in some form. He said the grant will allow more collaboration between those colleges and their work.</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 19:56:23 +0000 Tim Camerato 7311 at http://wesa.fm Pilot Program Seeks to Help Allegheny Co. Families Deal with Energy Costs http://wesa.fm/post/pilot-program-seeks-help-allegheny-co-families-deal-energy-costs <p>A pilot program in Allegheny County seeks to keep families in their homes by lowering their energy bills.<br><br>The Energy Efficiency Foreclosure Prevention Initiative (EEFPI) is a partnership between the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), ACTION-Housing, Inc. and four area utility companies.<br> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 21:15:30 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 6820 at http://wesa.fm Pilot Program Seeks to Help Allegheny Co. Families Deal with Energy Costs