American Electric Power Ohio Receives PUCO Approval to Expand Smart Grid Across Service Territory
- Dec 2, 2021 3:58 pm GMT
AEP Ohio, an
AEP Ohio will invest more than
"We have been building our smart grid network for almost a decade and we are excited to expand these technologies to all of our customers," said
Under this plan, AEP Ohio will install approximately 475,000 additional smart meters across the state. More than 900,000 smart meters have already been installed under phases 1 and 2 of the smart grid program. Smart meters provide many benefits to customers, including detailed energy usage information and the ability to detect and report outage information to AEP Ohio.
The plan also includes the installation of other proven smart grid technologies that have shown their value in previous phases. These include Volt Var Optimization, which automatically monitors and controls the voltage levels on a distribution circuit, reducing customers' energy consumption on that circuit. The result is automatic energy savings.
Customers will also be eligible for energy-savings programs, including a rebate for the installation of a qualifying smart thermostat. Additional customer programs, like time of use rates will also become more impactful under the program. AEP Ohio will contribute
AEP Ohio in October filed a settlement in the case in which all interested parties offered their unanimous support or agreed not to oppose the plan. Parties to the settlement included PUCO staff, the Ohio Consumers' Counsel, industrial user groups, the
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