A staple of Pittsburgh for decades, three district energy systems serve customers throughout the city with heating, cooling, and electricity
Clearway Community Energy Pittsburgh Uptown
Clearway Community Energy Pittsburgh Uptown is a state-of-the-art district energy facility and distribution system located east of downtown Pittsburgh in the emerging Lower Hill district built to serve UPMC Mercy Hospital as its initial anchor customer. Clearway Energy, Inc. financed and built the facility, which it now owns and operates. Construction on the asset began in Q3 2016, and the plant went online in early 2018.
A District Energy solution initially appealed to UPMC due to the system’s inherent sustainability and cost- effectiveness. As an elite health care facility with a Level I Trauma and Burn Center, a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and hundreds of beds for inpatient care, the hospital cannot afford to go without power or climate control. By providing the hospital with the reliable and resilient steam, chilled water, and backup power it requires, we allow the hospital to focus on providing its community with life-saving care.
In the near future, Clearway intends to interconnect Gibbon Energy and Clearway Community Energy Pittsburgh Uptown systems. In doing so, both facilities will be able to offer increased efficiency and backup generation, ensuring that Duquesne University and UPMC Mercy Hospital’s needs will continue to be satisfied if either plant needs to undergo maintenance or upgrades.