Pittsburgh is emerging as a leading national energy center, and we’re not just talking about the Marcellus Shale. America’s oil and gas business was born in our region, and our expertise with coal dates back more than 250 years. Our energy economy now includes more than 700 firms spanning extraction, supply chain and innovation for traditional and alternative energy resources, as well as energy conservation and management. Our energy-related sector directly and indirectly supports some 105,000 jobs and generates nearly $14 billion in annual economic activity.

Through the Energy Alliance of Greater Pittsburgh, a new model for collaboration across business, government and academia is being forged. It will maximize our region’s competitive advantages across energy-related sectors, and create jobs.  We’ll accomplish all of this with an eye to respecting the environment and advancing sustainability – both of which are the foundation of the Pittsburgh region’s transformation.

EnergyMatch, a one-of-a-kind FREE event on June 28, allows participants to create profiles and match up with other individuals who have complementary needs. It will bring together the region’s growing energy sector companies, entrepreneurs, researchers and funders to connect, develop new products, form R&D teams, collaborate on grant opportunities and seek investment capital.

The event takes place at Phipps Conservatory from 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. There is no charge, but participants must register to attend here before close of business on Thursday, June 23. A joint initiative of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and Innovation Works, the Energy Alliance is a strategic partnership of traditional and alternative energy companies, global leaders in materials science and intelligent building technologies, academic, corporate and government researchers, and supply-chain providers in 32 counties across four states. Our energy-related sectors include coal, gas, nuclear, solar, wind, water, transmission & distribution components and intelligent building technologies.

And speaking of intelligent building, our region is home to many innovators in this field. Their products are at work reducing energy and water consumption, improving efficiency and generating electricity in Phipps’ new Center for Sustainable Landscapes. On July 18, the Energy Alliance sponsors a free presentation and tour with facilities/sustainability director Jason Wirick to learn more about the innovative materials and methods in use.  Contact Kelly Dunbar by July 13 to register for the event, which runs from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Admission is free, but the number of attendees is limited.