A new easement agreement between Duquesne University and Clearway Community Energy will help bring sustainable energy to nearly a dozen buildings in downtown Pittsburgh.

Clearway Community Energy approached Duquesne about securing an easement on the University's campus to allow for the installation and maintenance of steam pipes. This initiative will enable Clearway to provide steam from their Uptown plant to a new district system serving several downtown buildings.

"From its founding in 1878, Duquesne University has been dedicated to building a better Pittsburgh," said Matt Frist, senior vice president for finance and business, at Duquesne. "This new partnership with Clearway, a recognized leader in the energy field, provides us the opportunity not only to help Pittsburgh, but also to continue to be good neighbors and foster sustainable and innovative practices."

The proposed easement will run through Duquesne's campus along Seitz, Gibbon, Locust and Shingiss Streets and through the University's Locust Street Garage. Construction for the easement will take place during the summers of 2022 and 2023.

A 2019 partnership between Duquesne and Clearway Community Energy included the sale of the University's Tri Generation facility and a 40-year energy services agreement through which Clearway provides the campus' steam and chilled water as well as the majority of its electricity.


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April 21, 2022