June 23, 2021

Redoubling of green energy efforts by Smart Columbus and its Partners

There has been a great push for electric vehicles on Columbus roads, and a better energy source has been a concern. Over the last four years, Smart Columbus, the city, and other stakeholders have been developing a policy for the transportation sector’s transition to making it more sustainable. There have been several campaigns encouraging people to adopt electric vehicles.

Many ask where they would get the power if they buy the electric vehicles as they are urged. Thus, it resulted in the formation of Smart Columbus Partnership, a power broker. Scott Blake, the American Electric Power (AEP) spokesman, said that the agency had been devoted to ensuring renewable production grows over the years. The AEP has a renewable generation capacity of 5300 megawatts, and by 2030 it expects to have additional 8000 megawatts of wind and solar power.

Blake said that they are working with Smart Columbus Energy, helping them learn the renewable energy markets’ ins and outs and improving their ability to help future clients. Smart Columbus Energy is a non-profit broker that allows the customer to negotiate in the renewable energy market. It uses the money it earns to plan for missions that benefit central Ohio. Smart Columbus also aims to reduce climate-warming emissions from tailpipes.

Patton said that since many large companies from the region installed EV charging stations, they need to secure clean energy, partnering with utility providers. A standard energy contract takes 1-3 years, but renewable energy contracts take an extended period of 10-15 years. Utility providers deliver power at a given price without changing the agreement terms. The essential thing is that these long-term customers’ commitment enables them to finance and install these projects.

According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economic, Ohio ranked number 37 across the country in the state scorecard. Out of the 12 points, the Buckeye State scored 0.5 points for its energy transportation policies. Columbus is the leader in the state and more so in central Ohio. The city has launched a program that aims to be carbon neutral by 2050, which is part of the climate action plan. More than $10 million has been invested by AEP in installing a 375 electric vehicle charging station. The president-elect Joe Biden said that the United States could re-join the Paris Agreement to counter climate change.