Smart Columbus Reporting


September 8th, 2022

Smart Columbus, along with an extensive network of public and private partners, has aligned around a vision to reduce the region’s greenhouse gas emissions through decarbonization of the electric supply and transportation sectors. 

The goal of the $10 million grant awarded to Columbus from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation is to create a practical path to replacing carbon-based fuel consumption and inspiring action across the region to protect and sustain the environment through decarbonization and electrification.  

Columbus was also awarded the $40 million Smart City Challenge grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which has the potential to greatly amplify the results from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation grant and vice-versa.

The 2019 Electrification Plan details how the city of Columbus manages the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation grant to achieve five primary priorities:

Priority 1 Objective: Decarbonization 
In partnership with power providers, by 2030 install 905 MW of utility scale renewable energy generation capable of serving the Columbus region, procure a minimum of 1.2 million MWh of renewable energy for the City of Columbus between 2017 and 2022 and save 480 GWh consumed through energy efficiency and smart grid programs during the time period of the grant. 

Priority 2 Objective: Fleet EV Adoption 
Work with public, private and academic sectors to place in operation 755 electric vehicles into their fleets by the end of the grant period. 

Priority 3 Objective: Transit, Autonomous and Multi-Modal Systems in the City 
Ensure a comprehensive, multi-modal approach to decarbonizing the Columbus region’s mobility options. 

Priority 4 Objective: Consumer EV Adoption 
Increase electric vehicle market adoption as evidenced by the percentage of light duty electric vehicle registrations in Columbus and the surrounding seven county region attaining 1.8 percent of all new and used light duty vehicle registrations by the end of the three-year grant period, representing a 486% increase from 2015 baseline of 0.37 percent. 

Priority 5 Objective: Charging Infrastructure 
Support the acceleration of electric vehicle adoption through installation of charging infrastructure, with the goal of 925 new charging ports by the end of the grant period. Data will continue to be tracked for each priority to learn, demonstrate successes and share best practices with the world.

The plan also features details on the Smart Columbus governance structure, program management office, working groups and partners. 

Read the 2019 Smart Columbus Plan below.


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