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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.
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.