AEP Ohio receives PUCO approval for smart meter installation and distribution system automation

Written By: Stratton Report
February 1, 2017


On February 1, AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power announced it had received approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to implement its gridSMART Phase 2 Plan, which includes the installation of 894,000 smart meters in 31 communities throughout Ohio over the next four years.

According to the utility, AEP Ohio will also expand the use of automated equipment on its distribution system to reduce restoration times, and utilize technology, known as Volt Var Optimization, which reduces energy usage without any action required by the customer.

Julie Sloat, AEP Ohio president and chief operating officer noted:

These advanced grid technologies will give our customers information to better manage their energy use and save money, while enabling AEP Ohio to improve the quality and reliability of service for our customers. This plan expands our successful gridSMART demonstration project and allows us to reduce the number, size and duration of outages for customers, cut energy consumption and decrease operational costs. 

The gridSMART Phase 2 plan follows a pilot program that began in 2009 in northeast central Ohio.