Energy storage technology picked for AEP smart grid project

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Chicago, December 4, 2009 — American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) picked S and C Electric Company, a smart grid technology firm, for the utility’s gridSMART Project in Ohio following AEP’s award of $75 million in Department of Energy stimulus funding.

The AEP Ohio gridSMART Demonstration Project will be deployed to 110,000 AEP Ohio customers in northeast central Ohio and will integrate a broad range of advanced technologies in the distribution grid, utility back office and consumer premises to comprehensively demonstrate smart grid impacts for consumers and the utility.

Read more about DOE sponsored smart grid projects here

S&C’s Community Energy Storage System that will be deployed to certain AEP circuits will provide the utility and its customers many benefits including:

  • Improved distribution line efficiencies to reduce power losses — a major goal for the smart grid.
  • Reliable, local back-up power for customers in case of outages.
  • Integration of community renewable energy resources. 
  • Support for plug-in electric vehicle deployment, which reduces peak power demands on the grid due to charging and offers a green alternative by reusing increasingly popular electric car batteries.

S&C’s Community Energy Storage System furthers S&C’s ability to integrate stored energy that will be required to create a true smart grid.

Energy storage accounts for $185 million of the $600 million recently awarded by the DOE for smart grid demonstration projects. These awards will help fund utility-scale energy storage projects that will enhance the reliability and efficiency of the grid, while reducing the need for new electricity plants.

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