US utility files $576 million digital transformation strategy


Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) has filed a proposal with the Public Utility Commission of Ohio to implement its digital transformation strategy.

If approved, DP&L will invests $576 million to modernise its energy distribution system over the next decade.

The utility will raise the $576 million required by increasing energy bills for typical retail customers using 1000kWh by $1.99 per month.

The projects will improve grid robustness and efficiency through increased integration with distributed resources including electric vehicles charging infrastructure, community solar, energy storage and microgrids.

DP&L will start by installing an advanced metering infrastructure to improve customer experience, grid visibility, energy efficiency and billing and to possess self-healing grid capabilities.

Some 100,000 smart meters will be installed annually.

Consumers will be equiped with mobile applications which will allow pre-payment and time-of-use energy billing options

The filing is aligned to the PowerForward Roadmap issued by the PUCO in early 2018.

Lisa Krueger, president of US strategic business unit at AES Corporation, owners of DP&L, said:  “DP&L’s Distribution Modernization Plan is responsive to the principles and objectives outlined in the PowerForward Roadmap.

“The plan’s submission is our opportunity to explain the details of our proposal, which will deliver significant value to our customers. DP&L is proud of its long history in this community and our Modernization Plan will transform the electric grid into a system that uses information and communications technologies to allow our customers to experience personalized, innovative, and seamless energy services.”

The Dayton Power and Light Company, a regulated electric utility, provides service to over 520,000 customers in West Central Ohio.