Grid Reliability & Modernization

Today, we are building upon our legacy infrastructure and modernizing it to create a system that is accessible to all, an optimizer of all resources and technologies, and an enabler of innovation.

AEP began laying the groundwork for a modern grid with our smart grid initiative about a decade ago. Today, we are building upon our legacy infrastructure and modernizing it to create a system that is accessible to all, an optimizer of all resources and technologies, and an enabler of innovation. Energy infrastructure modernization is necessary if we are to realize the many potential benefits of the smart grid. For example, a smart grid supports and integrates renewable and distributed energy resources, empowers customers with real-time information about their energy usage, and helps energy companies manage the system more efficiently while improving reliability.

The modern grid provides the necessary infrastructure to implement technological advancements in generation, transmission and distribution. These advancements are required to become the leading utility of the future and improve the overall customer experience. This includes making the system smarter and more efficient to better serve our customers’ needs. As we deploy these foundational technologies, we are strengthening the grid’s reliability and resilience. For example, AEP continues technology advances, including smart substations, smart meters, self-healing distribution, more efficient transmission, and smart generation that optimizes energy production.