The Pittsburgh International Airport (PIA) has completed a first-of-its-kind microgrid that’s powered by Marcellus Shale natural gas and solar panels.

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The microgrid will power PIA’s entire campus, making it the first airport in the world to receive its electricity entirely from a microgrid. 

“Pittsburgh International Airport is now one of the most site-hardened public facilities in the world while at the same time becoming more sustainable,” said PIA CEO Christina Cassotis. The airport remains connected to the larger regional electrical grid as an option for emergency or backup power if needed. 

PIA officials noted that airports across the country have been exploring ways to increase power resilience and reliability after several high-profile power outages resulted in...