Pitt Plans To Power 25 Percent Of University With Renewable Energy

The University of Pittsburgh wants to by 100 percent of the power generated by a hydroelectric plant planned for the Allegheny River.

Robert Mangino
November 29, 2018 - 6:20 pm
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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – The University of Pittsburgh is going to the Allegheny River for its electricity.

Pitt has partnered with Rye Development and agreed to buy 100 percent of the electricity produced from a planned hydroelectric plant on the Allegheny River at the Highland Park Dam. 

Senior Vice Chancellor for Business and Operations, Greg Scott tells the KDKA Radio Afternoon News, “It fits with the university’s sustainability goal to purchase 50 percent of our electrical power from renewable resources by the year 2030.”

Pitt Sustainability Director Aurora Sharrard says, “I think we just have to get creative with our solutions, it’s the city of three rivers and our partnership with Rye Development really offers a unique opportunity.”

Pitt will by all of the power the plant produces, which is about a quarter of the electricity used on the Oakland campus. 

Rye Development plans to open it by 2022.

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