Columbus Regional Energy Action Plan Released by NARC and MORPC: Plan provides Assessment of Economic, Social, and Policy Energy Realities of Region

Washington, DC (July 14, 2014) – Today, the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) released the first-of-its-kind Regional Energy Action Plan. Made possible through the support and guidance provided by The Energy Foundation, the Regional Energy Action Plan provides an assessment of the economic, social, and policy realities related to the development and use of energy throughout the 12-county Columbus, Ohio region. The plan also identifies recommendations that may lead to a more prosperous regional economy and enriched environment.

In 2013, NARC, MORPC, the Edison Welding Institute (EWI), and the Colorado Energy Group (CEG) set out to assess the state of energy in the Columbus Region and develop a set of recommendations for the region’s future. Earlier this year, the draft report underwent peer review by a diverse set of regional energy experts in local and state energy policy, economic and workforce development, utility regulation, energy resilience, rural energy, alternative transportation fuels, and renewable energy. The result of this collaborative effort is a robust report with findings that provide a strategic focus for regional investments and resources in the use and production of energy that is more reliable, cleaner, and creates jobs.

“NARC is pleased to have partnered with MORPC, EWI, and CEG on this ground-breaking effort to research, map, and assess the energy portfolio in the Columbus Region,” said NARC President Gary Moore, Judge/Executive, Boone County, KY. “At a time when the state of our nation’s energy development and sourcing cannot be ignored, this report provides timely information and recommendations that can be replicated across the country, allowing regional planning organizations to take strides toward creating energy secure and prosperous regions.”

NARC will now engage in outreach to regions nationwide about this work and assist other regions in completing Regional Energy Action Plans. For MORPC, the next phase is to gain consensus with its local government members and key stakeholders on prioritizing recommendations and implementing actions within a regional energy roadmap. An interactive map was created for energy providers, planners, and residents to visualize various aspects of the energy community. The map includes a series of layers that can be toggled on and off, and by hovering over map objects, information about features in the layers revealed.

“In these times with changing and uncertain federal and state policies on energy, regions need tools and resources like the Regional Energy Action Plan,” said MORPC Board Chair Eric Phillips, Economic Development Director of the City of Marysville and Union County, OH. “Energy is key to the economic growth and success of the Columbus Region and this innovative plan will allow our local communities to be able to chart their own path, and MORPC looks forward to assisting them along the way.”

Click HERE to access the Regional Energy Action Plan for the Columbus Region.
Click HERE to access the Regional Energy Action Plan map.
Click HERE to access the executive summary.

Contact, MORPC: Laura Koprowski, 614.233.4126 / lkoprowski@morpc.org
Contact, NARC: Anna Rosenbaum, 202.986.1032 x223 / anna@narc.org

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About the National Association of Regional Councils
The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) serves as a national voice for regionalism by advocating for regional cooperation as the most effective way to address a variety of community planning and development opportunities and issues. NARC’s member organizations are composed of multiple local governments that work together to serve American communities – large and small, urban and rural. For additional information, please visit www.NARC.org.

About The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
MORPC is a voluntary association of local governments in Central Ohio serving the region through planning, direct service, public policy information and innovative programming and intergovernmental coordinating services in the areas of transportation, land use, energy conservation, the environment and housing. For additional information, please visit www.MORPC.org.

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