Smart Grid Technologies: Enhancing Your Service

At AEP Ohio, we turn the lights on in homes and businesses across the state every day, working to provide the best possible service to our customers. And we’re always looking at new ways for customers to better manage their energy use and save money on their electricity bills.

Innovation is the current that runs through our communities. That’s why AEP Ohio has designed a plan built on the results of our successful gridSMART Demonstration Project. The plan, approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), focuses on three smart grid technologies:

  • Smart meters (Advanced metering infrastructure)
  • Distribution Automation Circuit Reconfiguration
  • Volt Var Optimization

What does this mean for you?

We’re harnessing tools and technologies that will make our power grid smarter and more efficient for customers throughout Ohio.

The plan, which takes six years to fully implement, has a host of benefits for our customers:

More than 30 communities in AEP Ohio’s service territory will receive smart meters:

  • Athens
  • Bucyrus
  • Cambridge
  • Canton
  • Chillicothe
  • Circleville
  • Columbus and its suburbs
  • Coshocton
  • East Liverpool
  • Findlay
  • Fostoria
  • Fremont
  • Gallipolis
  • Hillsboro
  • Ironton
  • Kenton
  • Lancaster
  • Lima
  • Marietta
  • Nelsonville
  • Newark
  • New Philadelphia
  • Portsmouth
  • Southpoint/Chesapeake
  • Steubenville
  • Tiffin
  • Upper Sandusky
  • Van Wert
  • Waverly
  • Wooster
  • Zanesville

The road to a smart grid in Ohio

In 2009, AEP Ohio customers in northeast central Ohio began a four-year partnership with us as we launched and tested new smart grid technologies and consumer programs. Completed in 2013, this project consisted of:

  • Smart Meters
  • Distribution Automation
  • Volt Var Optimization
  • Consumer Programs
  • Plug In Electric Vehicles
  • Smart Appliances

Results achieved through this project provided improved service reliability and allowed customers to gain better control of energy use, save money and reduce consumption.

Ultimately, what we learned over the course of the project gave us a better understanding of the technologies that are important to our customers and laid the foundation for the smart technologies that will now become part of everyday life.

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