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Columbus Proposing Utility "Benchmarking" for Buildings Greater than 50,000 Square Feet: Feedback Requested

The City is holding an open comment period on a draft utility benchmarking ordinance during the month of January. The Columbus Partnership has come out in support of this effort a piece of a larger regional puzzle that they say helps Columbus compete to attract new business from outside the region. Columbus' efforts in this area are based on existing benchmarking programs that have been adopted in about 30 cities around the country.

This ordinance could impact multi-family and commercial/industrial building owners who have buildings of at least 50,000 square feet, either in a single building or aggregated among buildings on a single site.

While Columbia Gas and AEP are both indicating that they will have a 'turn-key' automatic data collection process for their customers, there will still be some compliance work needed by building owners. In addition to the City of Columbus is preparing to have automated data systems for its water and electric utilities which will also be included in the benchmarking.

A PDF of the draft ordinance is posted on the Benchmarking Website along with a link to a Comment Form with areas for feedback on each section of the ordinance.

BIA members are encouraged to both provide direct feedback to the City, and also contact Jon Melchi by January 24th with your input for BIA comments.

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