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Energy an Important Factor as Central Ohio Prepares for Its Future

By District Energy posted 07-31-2019 14:10


Jon-Paul d'Aversa, T&D World


The Franklin County Energy Study uses 2015 as a baseline for energy production, consumption, expenditures and emissions, and incorporates utility data provided at the ZIP-code level.

Central Ohio has been a hotbed of forward-thinking activities, seeing a critical mass of cutting-edge projects occurring all at the same time across the region. Smart Columbus, charged with intelligently connecting and electrifying transportation in the city, was established soon after the U.S. Department of Transportation named Columbus the winner of its Smart Cities Challenge in 2016.

The U.S. Route 33 Smart Mobility Corridor was conceived to begin testing autonomous freight vehicles and technology in real-world applications. As these were actualizing, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) spearheaded the Midwest Connect hyperloop route, considering the feasibility of connecting Chicago, Columbus, and Pittsburgh with the emerging technology. It was one of the 10 global winners in the Virgin Hyperloop One Global Challenge.

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