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Pittsburgh plugs into energy savings

Smart plugs installed in city facilities can be added to any electrical devices that need to be scheduled off when the building is unoccupied

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The city of Pittsburgh wants to save money and the planet, said Mayor Peduto
The city of Pittsburgh wants to save money and the planet, said Mayor Peduto

The US city of Pittsburgh has announced an integrated energy savings-as-a-service (iESaaS) initiative which aims to deliver energy savings to city facilities.

 

The pilot programme, in collaboration with Pittsburgh-based Boss Controls, has no upfront costs to the city which will receive energy rebates from Duquesne Light Co, which is another partner in the programme.

 

Immediate energy savings

 

The service, which is claimed to be a US first, will provide immediate energy savings at the plug load for the city. According to Boss Controls, smart plugs will be installed in city facilities that use Sprint’s Magic Box signal booster and LTE modems with wi-fi to connect the plugs.

 

The Boss smart plugs can be added to any electrical devices that need to be scheduled off when the buildings are unoccupied, ultimately netting meaningful cost-savings and granting the city a reduced carbon footprint.

“This programme further cements Pittsburgh’s leadership in energy innovation, and our abilities to both save money and the planet”

Emissions from buildings make up roughly 80 per cent of the city’s carbon footprint, and optimising energy consumption within city facilities will help to better allocate scarce resources.

 

“This programme further cements Pittsburgh’s leadership in energy innovation, and our abilities to both save money and the planet,” said William Peduto, mayor of Pittsburgh.

 

The city began the piloting and deployment with Boss Controls and other engaged partners as part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology global city team challenge and through the Carnegie Mellon University/city of Pittsburgh Metro 21 programme.

 

Sustainability and resilience

 

Partners in the pilot include the city’s sustainability and resilience division, facilities bureau and the Department of Innovation and Performance, as well as Direct Energy Business, Sprint and Duquesne Light Co.

 

“The product deployment is part of the city’s climate action 3.0 objectives of reducing emissions by 50 per cent, and the city’s participation in the 2030 district challenge. The goals of the challenge – including reducing energy and water consumption by 50 per cent – initiated its testing and deployment,” said Grant Ervin, the city’s chief resilience officer.

 

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