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.
Pittsburgh: Natural Resources & Renewable Energy Innovations
We are continuing to maximize the region’s natural gas and natural resources while supporting new businesses and innovations in the storage, efficiency, and renewable energy sector. Home to the future of energy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is where technologies are being developed today to power tomorrow’s global energy needs.
The city of Pittsburgh and Western PA have been an energy capital since the late 19th century when Westinghouse Electric Corporation was founded. The region continues to offer valuable resources for natural gas but is now also focused on the innovation of renewable energy, like the usage of solar panel, wind turbine, and geothermal technology.
With energy consumption on the rise, sustainability and renewable energy sources are more important than ever. Energy companies have found the perfect location in the Pittsburgh area due to industry support from government-owned facilities, nearby universities, and nonprofits.
“This region has been a hotbed of energy innovation for centuries where companies such as Westinghouse were founded over a hundred years ago.”
Powering a Global Economy
Energy Graduates Annually
Universities & post-secondary CTE institutions
employed in the Pittsburgh region’s energy industry
service unit operators; average wage $35,000*
electrical, electronic and electromechanical assemblers; average wage $35,000
energy industry-related degrees awarded annually
construction laborers; average wage $40,000
operating engineers; average wage $49,000*
*Employee numbers and average wages in Energy-related positions (2018)
Energy Momentum in Pittsburgh
Patents (past 10 years)
Dept. of Energy University-Based R&D (Past 5 Years)
Startup Genome, a global leader in ecosystem research, spotlights the Pittsburgh startup ecosystem as part of its network of 280+ cities. Pittsburgh is named the #23 emerging ecosystem globally, with its robotics, advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and cleantech industries highlighted.
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.
1,000-megawatt, state-of-the-art, natural gas-fueled power generation facility.
Developing a series of hydroelectric power plants on the three rivers.
Expansion and renovation of the Smithfield Customer Care Center, creating over 100 good-paying jobs. Over the last 10 years, Columbia Gas has hired hundreds of skilled workers and invested more than $1 billion in Pennsylvania, with the majority of that investment in the Pittsburgh Region, to upgrade energy infrastructure. This work continues today.
Natural gas processing plant.
Building a cryogenic pump test stand to test cryogenic pumps and expanders for the liquefied natural gas industry.
Expanding presence in natural gas water management business.
Staff expansion. Has increased staff by 500% since 2014.
90,000-square-foot headquarters expansion.
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.
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.
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.
National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
located in suburban Pittsburgh and focused on applied research for the clean production and use of domestic energy resources, helping to reduce carbon emissions. One of only five 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.
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 renewable electricity technologies, high-temperature corrosion testing, next-generation energy conversion, and storage technologies.
The Wilton E. Scott Institute For Energy Innovation At Carnegie Mellon
a university-wide research initiative focused on improving energy efficiency and developing new affordable, sustainable, and green energy sources.
NATURAL & CLEAN ENERGY SUCCESS
WATT FUEL CELL
Staff increase of over 500% since 2014
Doubling production of solid oxide fuel cell energy systems and stacks
Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station
940-MW, natural gas-fueled power plant in Westmoreland County
A series of hydroelectric power plants along Pittsburgh’s three rivers. The University of Pittsburgh has agreed to a power purchase of 100% of the renewable energy produced by the hydroelectric plants.