How Do You Make Changes in the Energy Industry?

Last year, 33 natural gas utilities banded together to launch the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program. These 33 founding partners serve 66% of the natural gas customers in the nation. By coming together and setting a common goal, their mission was to make dramatic changes across the industry. So far, they’ve seen some dramatic results.

Pittsburgh-based natural gas distribution company, Peoples, is one of those founding partners of the Methane Challenge, and this program has become an essential piece of their commitment to preserve the environment. Like many other natural gas utilities across the country, they are continuing to make aggressive infrastructure improvements to their system to make it safer and cleaner. But they’re also taking things a step further and introducing new technology that will help to significantly reduce methane emissions.

Starting last year, Peoples invited the Environmental Defense Fund to come to Pittsburgh to help them determine where and how much their system might be emitting methane. The EDF had performed this effort successfully in several other major cities. The project also recruited help from Google and Carnegie Mellon University to leverage their cutting-edge technologies and resources. Google’s Street View cars were outfitted with technology that began mapping methane emissions around the City of Pittsburgh for the initial project. The goal was to help Peoples better prioritize pipeline repair and replacement efforts. As the project progressed, Peoples has continued to work with CMU to keep tracking and analyzing this data.

In this day and age, it’s not just enough to make a company more efficient. You have to think of the bigger picture. How does your company contribute to sustainability? How does your company protect the environment? And above all, how can your company connect with other organizations and partners to collaborate—to use technology to make an even bigger impact?

Learn more about Peoples’ environmental commitment by visiting their website