Location: Pittsburgh, PA
The city of Pittsburgh is home to 305,704 residents and a metro area of over 2.4 million. Know as the “Steel City”, the industrial sector uses the majority of the energy in the city. In late 1996, Pennsylvania pass House Bill 1509, also known as the Electricity Generation Customer Choice and Competition Act, which started the process of deregulating the PA energy market. Prior to the bill being passed, consumers in Pennsylvania were paying nearly $10 billion per year in energy prices. The goal of this bill was to drop that number by $2 billion per year by introducing competitors to the energy market. For more information on the Pittsburgh energy market, see the graphs below.
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Solar Score for Pittsburgh, PA
Compare Electricity has developed a solar score for Pittsburgh, PA residents and businesses of 15/100. The score is based on on a combination of factors including how much sun the area receives, roof space and obstacles that may obstruct the sun, electricity generation needed to be cost-effective, and more. Here is a description of each section of the solar score graph:
- Red = “Not Viable” meaning a solar installation would not be cost-effective.
- Yellow = “Viable” meaning a solar installation would pay for itself over time.
- Green = “Very Viable” meaning a solar installation would pay for itself quickly and has large savings potential.
Sources for Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh, PA produces energy from a variety of sources. Here are the state’s current energy sources and energy production trends.
- Pennsylvania is the 2nd largest nuclear energy producing state behind Illinois
- PA is the 3rd largest supplier of electricity in the country behind Texas and Florida
- While coal is still a main source of energy, natural gas has risen significantly in the past decade
- Wind and solar energy are the primary sources of renewable energy in the state.
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