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About The Demonstration Project
A New Way To Think About Electricity

The AEP Ohio gridSMART Demonstration Project, located in northeast central Ohio, is about providing customers with information and new ways to better manage their electricity costs.

AEP Ohio replaced traditional electric meters with new, digital Smart Meters in 2010. This upgrade of about 110,000 traditional residential and business electric meters in northeast central Ohio is the first step of the gridSMART project. We will determine how the latest digital technology improves our ability to serve our customers more efficiently, reliably and securely. AEP Ohio also is interested in seeing how customers respond to special rate and program offerings that Smart Meter technology makes possible.

Other technologies, such as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and “smart” appliances will be tested to understand their impacts on the electric grid. These technologies and others are designed to demonstrate the full benefits of installing a complete smart grid for customers and AEP Ohio.

Why is AEP Ohio Undertaking this Project?

The gridSMART Project is designed to upgrade the electric grid in the northeast central Ohio area by testing digital communications and automated functioning. AEP Ohio will be able to show how smart grid technologies provide customers with greater energy control, improve electricity delivery and cut energy consumption to delay the need to build more power plants. Plus, our customers’ experience and feedback will help us roll out programs and technologies successfully to other AEP Ohio customers.

Read our brochure on Smart Meters to learn about how they can benefit you.

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