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AES Ohio Unveils $682.7 Million Smart Grid Phase 2 Plan for Improved Reliability and Efficiency


Dayton, Ohio (February 17, 2024) – Today, AES Ohio, a subsidiary of The AES Corporation, announced its Smart Grid Phase 2 Plan, proposing a $682.7 million investment in grid modernization over the next ten years. This builds upon the successes of Phase 1, further enhancing system stability, performance, and communication capabilities for customers.

“We’re committed to providing reliable and resilient energy for our communities,” said Ken Zagzebski, President and CEO of AES Utilities. “Smart Grid Phase 2 is a crucial step towards an integrated grid, offering significant improvements that benefit our customers.”

The plan focuses on three key areas:

  • Automation of Distribution Operations: Streamlining grid operations for faster response and outage prevention.
  • Advanced Grid Intelligence: Integrating advanced analytics for real-time insights and data-driven decision-making.
  • Telecommunications and Cybersecurity: Strengthening communication networks and enhancing cybersecurity measures.

Beyond enhanced reliability, these initiatives will prepare AES Ohio to integrate Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) into its grid, fostering a more resilient and sustainable energy future.

Key Benefits:

  • Reduced outages and faster restoration times.
  • Improved grid performance and efficiency.
  • Enhanced ability to integrate DERs.
  • Continued low rates for Ohio customers.

Impact on Customers:

While the plan entails a $2.99 monthly increase for a residential customer using 1,000 kWh (1.78%), AES Ohio will remain among the state’s most affordable investor-owned utilities.

Next Steps:

The plan will be reviewed by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) for a final decision expected in Q2 2025.

Stay Informed:

Learn more about AES Ohio’s Smart Grid Plan and its benefits at [aes-ohio.com/smart-grid]

Additional Information:

For further details, access the plan documents under PUCO docket numbers 24-113-EL-GRD and 24-113-EL-AAM.