Enabling a smarter network


American Electric Power company AEP Ohio has embraced the smart energy revolution as it nears the successful completion of the second phase of its smart meter rollout. The AEP Ohio Phase 2 Smart Grid project began in the summer of 2017, following the successful rollout of 132,000 smart meters in select areas of central Ohio in Phase 1.

This article was originally published in The Global Power & Energy Elites 2021.

The second leg of the project, implemented after receiving approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), included the installation of about 900,000 smart meters. Distribution Automation Circuit Reconfiguration (DACR) on 250 circuits, and Volt/Var Optimisation (VVO) on 160 circuits.

Among the many benefits these technologies provide, improvements are being realised in customer satisfaction, safety measures, environmental impacts and services for companies and small businesses.

AEP Ohio was able to further interact and engage with customers throughout the AMI meter installation process. The estimated timeline for the rollout of the 900,000 meters was four years. The installation of the meters started in August 2017 and as of October 2020, the AMI installations are considered operationally complete.

The installation of AMI meters provides customers with timely access to their electricity usage, eliminates estimated bills, and assists with faster restoration efforts. Customers are also able to access their energy usage online, as well as energy reports that work in tandem with their AMI meter.

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