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As part of its commitment to energizing and shaping the future of southwestern Pennsylvania, Duquesne Light will invest more than $2.6 billion in infrastructure and technology upgrades between 2010 and 2020. This commitment to the future also has prompted DLC to partner with other local organizations and institutions that share similar interests. To that end, Duquesne Light recently sponsored and participated in Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) 2018 Energy Week.

CMU Energy Week, a three-day symposium hosted by the University on April 4-6, gathered thought leaders and representatives from the electric industry, government, academia and nonprofit sectors to engage and collaborate on energy research, trends and innovative technologies. The theme of this year’s event was “Investing in our Energy Future.”

In addition to sponsoring the event, President and CEO Rich Riazzi, Joe DeMatteo, Director, Business Development, and Ben Morris, Director, Operations Work Management & Performance, participated in three separate panels around the future of the energy industry.

Focus areas of these panel discussions included:

  • Public Private Partnerships: Activating City, Utility and University Engagement to Maximize Smart Data
  • Smart Cities: Transportation Infrastructure, Electrification and the Autonomous, Sharing Economy
  • Leveraging Distributed Energy Resources, Microgrids and Storage for City Resilience

In addition to numerous panels, CMU Energy Week also featured keynote addresses by industry thought leaders, a distinguished Mayors Forum on how “smarter cities” are preparing for the future, a corporate and industry networking breakfast and an energy industry career fair, which included representation by DLC’s Talent Acquisition team. More information on Carnegie Mellon University’s Energy Week can be found at the following link.

Last month, Riazzi joined leaders across the region in a moderated panel discussion on “smart cities,” which was held in conjunction with the launch of CMU’s Metro21 Smart Cities Institute. The institute marks a new chapter in the University’s efforts to spark bigger and better projects that will continue to improve quality of life in metropolitan areas.

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