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Pittsburgh + Energy

We are continuing to maximize the region’s natural gas and natural resources, while supporting new businesses and innovations in the renewable, energy storage, and efficiency sector. Home to the future of energy innovation, technologies are built here to power tomorrow’s global energy needs.

“This region has been a hotbed of energy innovation for centuries where companies such as Westinghouse were founded over a hundred years ago.”

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– CAINE FINNERTY, PH.D.
PRESIDENT AND CEO, WATT FUEL CELL

THE ECOSYSTEM

Powering a Global Economy

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1,000+

Firms

3,100+

Energy Graduates Annually

35,000

Talent Employed

$14.6 Billion

GRP

TALENT

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88

Universities & post-secondary CTE institutions

35,000

employed in the Pittsburgh region’s energy industry

1,400

service unit operators; average wage $35,000*

1,100

electrical, electronic and electromechanical assemblers; average wage $35,000

3,100+

energy industry-related degrees awarded annually

1,300

construction laborers; average wage $40,000

1,300

operating engineers; average wage $49,000*

*Employee numbers and average wages in Energy-related positions (2018)

Energy Momentum in Pittsburgh

413

Expansions

1,120

Patents (past 10 years)

32,653

Jobs

$124 Million

Dept. of Energy University-Based R&D (Past 5 Years)

$7.25 Billion

Capital Investment

53 Deals

$180M in VC Funding (Past 5 Years)

Key Investments

Mar 2016 People’s Natural Gas

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300 New Jobs

Creating a new construction division. The company has committed to invest roughly $120 million each year, on average, until 2020 to dig up and replace aging pipeline.

Mar 2016 People’s Natural Gas

Jan 2017 Dura-Bond Industries

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100 New Jobs

Dura-Bond Industries purchased equipment from U.S. Steel’s idled McKeesport plant and is leasing the 317,000-square foot plant from the Regional Industrial Development Corp. and hopes to begin producing tubular products primarily for the energy industry within six to nine months.

Jan 2017 Dura-Bond Industries

Apr 2017 Renaissance Energy Center

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25 New Jobs
$600,000,000 Capital Investment

1,000-megawatt, state-of-the-art, natural gas-fueled power generation facility.

Apr 2017 Renaissance Energy Center

May 2017 Rye Development – Projects 2-8

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14 to 28 New Jobs
$480,000,000 Capital Investment

Developing a series of hydroelectric power plants on the three rivers.

May 2017 Rye Development – Projects 2-8

Aug 2017 Columbia Gas

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125 New Jobs

Expansion and renovation of Smithfield Customer Care Center.

Aug 2017 Columbia Gas

Dec 2017 MarkWest Energy

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25 New Jobs
$275,000,000 Capital Investment

Natural gas processing plant.

Dec 2017 MarkWest Energy

Mar 2018 Elliott Group

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150 New Jobs

Building a cryogenic pump test stand to test cryogenic pumps and expanders for the liquefied natural gas industry.

Mar 2018 Elliott Group

Jul 2018 HydroEdge Solutions

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100 New Jobs

Expanding presence in natural gas water management business.

Jul 2018 HydroEdge Solutions

Oct 2018 WATT Fuel Cell

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20 New Jobs

Staff expansion. Has increased staff by 500% since 2014.

Oct 2018 WATT Fuel Cell

Dec 2018 Bechtel Plant Machinery

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600 New Jobs
$28,000,000 Capital Investment

90,000-square-foot headquarters expansion.

Dec 2018 Bechtel Plant Machinery

Mar 2019 Oriden

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40 New Jobs

Pittsburgh-based clean-tech startup Oriden, a power generation organization, announced its launch this week with full backing from global company Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems. It will hire up to 40 local employees.

Mar 2019 Oriden

Aug 2019 Omnis Bailey LLC

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Omnis Bailey LLC, which would take waste coal from Consol Energy’s Pennsylvania mining complex and turn it into clean carbon fuel for power plants, has secured financing for the first 25-ton per hour module.

Aug 2019 Omnis Bailey LLC

Nov 2019 GE Renewables

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100 New Jobs

GE Renewable Energy plans to expand its Speers workforce by 50% over the next year. A division of Paris-based General Electric, GE Renewable plans to add 100 or more employees at the Mon Valley plant, an electrical equipment manufacturer, by the end of 2020. About 200 are currently employed at the site. The expansion is the result of a consolidation of switchgear operations by the company.

Nov 2019 GE Renewables

Industry Support

National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

located in suburban Pittsburgh and focused on applied research for the clean production and use of domestic energy resources. One of only 5 such U.S. Facilities supporting the DOE with transformative science and technology solutions

BETTIS Atomic Power Laboratory

a government-owned R&D facility in suburban Pittsburgh working exclusively on the design and development of nuclear power for the U.S. Navy.

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University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering Energy Innovation Center

This 18,600-square-foot laboratory and incubator at downtown Pittsburgh’s Energy Innovation Center represents Pitt’s initiatives to provide more flexible, large-scale space for energy research and partnerships with industry. Lab focuses include electric power technologies, high temperature corrosion testing, next generation energy conversion and storage technologies.

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The Wilton E. Scott Institute For Energy Innovation At Carnegie Mellon

a university-wide research initiative focused on improving energy efficiency and developing new, clean, affordable and sustainable energy sources.

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WATT FUEL CELL

Staff increase of over 500% since 2014

Doubling production of solid oxide fuel cell stacks and systems

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Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station

$500M+ investment

940-MW, natural gas-fueled power plant in Westmoreland County

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RYE Development

$480M investment

A series of hydroelectric power plants along Pittsburgh’s three rivers. The University of Pittsburgh has agreed to purchase 100% of the renewable power produced by the hydroelectric plants.

Contact Us

Patty Horvatich
Vice President, Business Investment