Under the memorandum, the Laboratory is helping Pittsburgh with:
- Creating social responsible networks of distributed energy generation and storage systems to increase resiliency, reduce carbon footprint, and improve efficiency
- Providing a platform to accelerate adoption of advanced distributed energy resources such as microturbines, direct current power deliver, CHP, reciprocating engines, energy storage devices, photovoltaics, and wind turbines
- Promoting advanced, smart and socially responsible transportation infrastructure powered by locally generated energy
- Meeting the goals and objectives of the City of Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan 3.0
Pittsburgh is uniquely positioned to blaze a development trail for the concept because it has a number of existing distributed energy resources that already provide power to a range of specific organizations and institutions in separate locations around the city. The challenge ahead is to organize those existing distributed energy systems and help them interconnect through new “energy districts” within the city.