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We're lighting the night with smart area lighting for your community. This lighting will improve security around businesses, residential backyards, and common areas of apartment complexes and condominium associations.
For more information, read the FAQs below or contact our Business Solutions Team at 1-800-672-2231.
Since early 2019, AEP Ohio has completed a series of pilot projects to test the capabilities of LED street lights that are enabled with smart nodes. In December 2021, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) approved a 5-year replacement plan for approximately 235,000 street and area lights across the AEP Ohio territory.
Current lights are being replaced with energy-efficient, LED lights with smart nodes to provide energy and cost savings to customers.
Yes, new area lights will be new LED fixtures with a smart node.
Benefits of LED lighting include:
Combining the LED lights with smart nodes and a management system provides significant saving potentials such as metered energy billing (instead of estimated energy billing).
Also, smart lighting – which detects and sends real-time notifications about possible issues – prompts quicker maintenance.
The PUCO approved and enacted a new tariff on December 1, 2021. All area lights will be billed under one Ohio Power Company rate schedule.
It depends. Area light accounts will be billed for kWh consumption on a per fixture, per month basis. Billing will vary in amount according to the hours the light is in operation per month, and vary during the winter and summer hours of daylight. Customers on the new area light tariff will no longer be billed a facility charge every month for non-standard length services, or for additional facilities that were installed for their requested area light installation.
AEP Ohio is working on a schedule and expects installations to begin in early 2023. We will communicate with customers when we know more.
Existing AEP Ohio-owned light fixtures associated with current accounts will be removed and replaced with LED smart-controlled light fixtures. The new LED fixture’s size, light pattern, and light output level will be selected to meet or exceed the previous fixtures’ performance, and will do so while using less energy.
Please contact our team at DublinProject@aep.com.
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