For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
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Ohio recognized as leader in electric grid modernization

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Dec. 6, 2018) – Today Ohio was recognized with an "Outstanding Progress Award" by the GridWise Alliance for its accomplishments in rapidly expanding grid modernization efforts. GridWise cited the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO)’s PowerForward Roadmap as the major factor for Ohio’s improved ranking in this year’s Gridwise Modernization Index (GMI). 

“The PowerForward Roadmap is bold, and we see it as our duty to chart a path forward for Ohio,” stated PUCO Chairman Asim Z. Haque. “We are thrilled to see Ohio being recognized as one of the most innovative states in terms of grid modernization policy.”

On Aug. 29, 2018, the PUCO issued PowerForward: A Roadmap to Ohio’s Electricity FutureThe PowerForward Roadmap envisions the future electric distribution grid as a secure, open-access platform that will give customers more control over how they consume electricity, and allow customers to adopt innovative applications of their choosing as they are introduced on the market. 

The PowerForward Roadmap is the culmination of nearly 18 months of public dialog focused on how the PUCO can enhance the electricity experience for Ohioans through innovation.

The GridWise Alliance’s GMI uses data inputs and publicly available information to evaluate and rank the status of grid modernization efforts across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The GMI has become widely recognized across the industry as a resource that benchmarks states on a wide range of grid modernization policies, practices and investments; providing insights into the progress and various approaches. The GMI takes a comprehensive view, tracking dozens of specific changes in each state and highlighting several of the most significant changes in the industry.

Additional information regarding GridWise Alliance’s GMI can be found on their website at

Additional information regarding PowerForward, including over 100 hours of high definition video, is available on the PUCO website at


The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.

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