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

PUCO establishes PowerForward Collaborative

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Oct. 24, 2018) – Today the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) issued an order to establish the PowerForward Collaborative, and its subgroups, the Distribution System Planning Working Group (PWG) and the Data and Modern Grid Workgroup (DWG).

“Today’s PowerForward Commission action is the next step in building our state’s electricity future,” said PUCO Chairman Asim Z. Haque. “The PowerForward Collaborative is an opportunity for stakeholders to be directly involved in helping create Ohio’s grid modernization policies for the future.”

The PowerForward Collaborative is an overarching workgroup of utility stakeholders, and will be led by the PUCO staff. The Collaborative is tasked with observing marketplace development to ensure PowerForward’s principles and objectives are being fulfilled.

Specifically, the PowerForward Roadmap contemplates that the PowerForward Collaborative will discuss issues associated with electric vehicle infrastructure, as well as a process for the deployment of non-wires alternatives.

The PWG and DWG will include discussions surrounding the integration of distributed resources and non-wires alternatives into the system, data access and data privacy. 

The Commission ordered that the first meeting of the PowerForward Collaborative will be Dec. 6, 2018, at the PUCO offices in Columbus. Interested persons are encouraged to enroll in PowerForward email update lists to receive future correspondences regarding the PowerForward Collaborative.

On Aug. 29, 2018, the PUCO issued PowerForward: A Roadmap to Ohio’s Electricity Future. The 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 entry is available on the PUCO website at www.PUCO.ohio.gov in cases 18-1595-EL-GRD, 18-1596-EL-GRD, 18-1597-EL-GRD

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