Pittsburgh’s energy strategy now has been extended to private developers.
In a document released Saturday, the city says it wants private entities to submit climate and energy-efficiency plans along with building plans. It’s part of a Climate Energy Strategy the city hopes to implement over the next four years. Ideally, developers would detail how they planned to meet goals that, in addition to energy efficiency, would include having on-site renewable electricity generation.
The city isn’t mandating that developers submit these plans, according to Flore Marion, an energy planner who helped develop the strategy.
“Some [developers] have already started doing it; we’re suggesting that others do as well,” Ms. Marion said.
The city planning department’s division of Sustainability and Resilience finalized the energy strategy as a way to implement long- and short-term goals outlined in its Climate Action Plan, which was released in 2018 and seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 and generally make the city more sustainable.
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