NRG Yield signs UPMC Mercy as anchor tenant for Pittsburgh district energy center

Written By: Stratton Report
March 7, 2017


On March 7, NRG Yield, Inc. announced it had broken ground on a new District Energy Center in Pittsburgh’s Uptown District.

According to the NRG yieldco, UPMC Mercy will be the new energy center’s first and anchor customer; the system will deliver steam, chilled water and backup power to the hospital and additional future customers with higher efficiency and lower capital and operating costs compared to multiple, stand-alone systems.

NRG stressed that the plant was situated in the Uptown District because of the opportunity to serve UPMC as well as well as future tenants on the 28-acre site that the Pittsburgh Penguins are developing nearby. NRG Yield will be marketing the system and its benefits to businesses and organizations that want to be more energy efficient and cost-effective.

During the groundbreaking, Chris Sotos, CEO of NRG Yield, remarked:

We’re thrilled to break ground on this facility and welcome UPMC as our first new and anchor customer. They and future customers will enjoy the improved efficiency, lower environmental footprint, flexibility, and reliability that district energy brings.

UPMC Mercy President Michael Grace observed: “This project addresses a current need at UPMC Mercy as well as aligns with UPMC’s overall mission as a health care provider to improve the health status of the communities we serve. We are proud to be a key partner for NRG Yield, and UPMC is investing back into Uptown and downtown Pittsburgh to ensure the UPMC Mercy campus is viable for many years to come.”

Rob Thornton, President of the International District Energy Association, commented: “IDEA commends the City of Pittsburgh, UPMC Mercy and NRG Yield for investing in a new district energy system that will provide reliable, resilient and efficient energy services. Utilizing district energy allows UPMC Mercy to focus resources on its primary mission of world-class health care.”