Building a green future for the Shenango Coke Works site
In January 2016, Shenango Coke Works on Neville Island closed its doors after 54 years of producing coal and polluting the surrounding environment. This presents an opportunity to remediate the site and repurpose it in way that is beneficial to the surrounding community.
We’re working alongside the community group Allegheny County Clean Air Now to pressure DTE Energy to tear down the vacant plant, remediate the site, and replace the facility with a solar array. DTE Energy has successfully transformed similar sites in Michigan into solar projects. A solar array would provide clean and sustainable energy for Pittsburgh residents and create jobs in the area, replacing those lost by the closure.
We’re also partnering with residents to ask DTE Energy to forfeit all of their Emission Reduction Credits (ERCs) so that efforts for cleaner air for our community are not compromised. DTE Energy can apply for ERCs based on the quantity of pollution they will no longer be emitting and use them towards a new polluting operation on the site or sell them to a competing polluting source in the region.