A subsidiary of the AES Corporation Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L) has reportedly announced its filing for its Distribution Modernization Plan with the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO).
As per trusted sources, DP&L has made a proposal to make an investment worth $576 million in capital projects over the following decade delivering direct benefits to customers via a strong and efficient electric grid. The initiative will also enable DP&L to be ready to deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure as well as Distributed Energy Resources into its grid, comprising demonstrations of community solar, microgrids, and energy storage.
Lisa Krueger, President of the United States Strategic Business Unit stated that the filing is in line with the PowerForward Roadmap issued by PUCO earlier in 2018. DP&L’s Distribution Modernization Plan is reactive to the principles and objectives highlighted in the PowerForward Roadmap.
Krueger further mentioned that the submission of the plan is the company’s opportunity to expand on the details of the proposal, which is set to offer significant value to customers. DP&L is proud of its long-standing history within the community and its Modernization Plan will alter the electric grid into a system that utilizes information and communication technologies to let customers enjoy customized, innovative and seamless energy services, Krueger added.
According to sources familiar with the matter, DP&L will commence its digital transformations upon PUCO’s approval and will enhance overall customer experience using better system reliability, communication, and performance. Post PUCO approval, the required infrastructure will be put in place to support smart metering and install almost 100,000 meters on a yearly basis. The investments will also cover the development of a Self-healing grid enabling DP&L to automatically resolve problems and re-route energy around the problem mostly without visible interruptions of service.
DP&L’s proposed plan will develop a grid platform that will allow innovative services capable of accepting future innovations. However, DP&L’s distinctive retail customers, using 1000 kilowatt on SSO service will witness an initial bill increase of $1.99 every month, cite sources.