COLUMBUS, OHIO (Feb. 1, 2017) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved AEP Ohio’s gridSMART Phase 2 project.
“The PUCO is excited to see this project move forward,” stated PUCO Chairman Asim Z. Haque. “AEP Ohio’s smart grid deployment will lead to significant customer benefits including increased reliability, efficiency and market enhancements.”
During AEP Ohio’s gridSMART Phase 2, the utility will:
On April 7, 2016, a settlement was reached between AEP Ohio, PUCO staff, the Interstate Gas Supply Inc., Ohio Hospital Association, Retail Energy Supply Association, the Environmental Law & Policy Center, Direct Energy, FirstEnergy Solutions Corp and Environmental Defense Fund. On Dec. 21, 2016 the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel formally dropped its opposition to the plan.
The PUCO will perform an annual audit to ensure operational savings related to gridSMART upgrades are credited to the overall program costs.
In a separate proceeding, the Commission authorized AEP Ohio to implement a one-time charge of $43 and a monthly charge of $24 for customers who opt-out of having an AMI meter installed.
A copy of today’s Commission decisions will be available at www.PUCO.ohio.gov. Click on the link to the Docketing Information System (DIS) and enter the case numbers.
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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