For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
(614) 466 7750

PUCO directs electric utilities to file grid modernization reports

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Feb. 27, 2019) – Today the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) directed Ohio’s electric distribution utilities to file status reports assessing their grid modernization capabilities by April 1, 2019.

The Commission also ordered that each electric distribution utility file a current-state assessment of its distribution grids’ capabilities to integrate and accommodate grid modernization initiatives identified by the PUCO’s PowerForward Roadmap. The current-state assessments will help to inform the PUCO’s PowerForward Collaborative and working groups.

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. 

A copy of today’s Commission entries are available on the PUCO website at www.PUCO.ohio.gov. Click on the link to Docketing Information Systems (DIS) and search for case 18-1595-EL-GRD or 18-1596-EL-GRD.

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