Ohio's PowerForward roadmap aims to shape the grid of the future

By District Energy posted 09-19-2018 09:28


Kathiann M. Kowalski, Energy News Network


A new roadmap for the future of Ohio’s electric grid can benefit all types of interest groups, but the next few years will be critical for the plan to achieve its goals.

“I think there’s something in here for everyone,” said Asim Haque, chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. The PUCO released its PowerForward report on August 29 after hearing approximately 100 hours of testimony from 127 speakers over multiple days.

At issue is how the state’s utilities will provide a resilient distribution system in the years ahead as much of the current system ages and new technologies for control and data collection  advance.

Meanwhile, Ohio’s customers, advocates and companies have embraced market competition. And the country’s energy mix is changing, with the share of renewable generation rising as generation from fossil fuels declines.

In a way, Haque said, the state will be thoughtfully rebuilding each of its regulated distribution utilities’ grids “from the ground up.”

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