Energy efficiency

3:30 am
Thu January 1, 2015

New Law to Make State-Owned Buildings More Energy Efficient

Pennsylvania state agency buildings will now act as the testing ground for new, environmentally beneficial and energy-efficient technologies.

House Bill 1672, known as the State Agency Green Technology Implementation Act, allows the Department of General Services to identify new energy-efficient technologies, products, or processes and implement them in state-owned buildings.

Rep. Tom Caltagirone (D-Berks) was a co-sponsor of the bill and an advocate for energy-efficient efforts in the commonwealth.

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2:39 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Last Steel Beam Placed Atop PNC's New Headquarters

A construction worker signs the last steel beam to be placed atop the Tower at PNC Plaza on Tuesday.
Chris Squier 90.5 WESA

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.

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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:25 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Make Watt Choices for the Winter Months

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.

A program called Watt Choices sponsored by Duquesne Light is designed to help customers reduce their energy consumption.

“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. 

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Environment & Energy
4:32 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Pittsburgh Ranks Low Among Other Cities on Energy Efficiency Scorecard

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.

Boston was number one with a score of 76.75.

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Environment & Energy
1:55 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Newest 'Cool Roof' to be Painted This Weekend on North Side

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.

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Environment & Energy
2:57 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

New 'Cool Roofs' Initiative Seeks to Increase Energy Efficiency with Reflective Paint

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announces the launch of the city's Cool Roofs program.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

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.

“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.

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.

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CMU Energy Research
3:56 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

$30 Million CMU Grant to Allow for Expanded Energy Research

Carnegie Mellon University has received its largest private foundation grant in the school’s history.

A $30 million grant provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation will go toward a new institute to coordinate the university’s energy activities.

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.

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Energy Efficiency
5:15 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Pilot Program Seeks to Help Allegheny Co. Families Deal with Energy Costs

U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle applauds new energy initiative that seeks to prevent home foreclosure in Allegheny County.
Credit Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

A pilot program in Allegheny County seeks to keep families in their homes by lowering their energy bills.

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.

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