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DP&L files $576M grid modernization plan in Ohio

Dayton Power and Light Co. filed a plan with Ohio regulators to invest $576 million in grid modernization projects over the next decade.

The plan, which aligns to the state Public Utilities Commission's PowerForward Roadmap, involves the installation of advanced metering infrastructure, as well as the integration of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and distributed energy resources into the grid, including demonstrations of community solar, energy storage and microgrids.

In April, the commission launched the PowerForward grid modernization initiative to gather information and insight into the technology, market development, rate-making and rate design needed to enhance the customer's electricity experience.

As part of the plan, the AES Corp. will install approximately 100,000 smart meters for all customers. The plan would enable DP&L to isolate problems automatically and re-route power around the problem "often without noticeable interruption" of service while allowing customers to "experience personalized, innovative, and seamless energy services."

If approved, typical retail customers using 1000 kWh on SSO service will see an initial bill increase of $1.99 per month.