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Electric Grid Upgrades Could Give Ohioans More Choices

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The agency that regulates public utilities has a new plan for modernization of aging electricity grids.

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Asim Haque said its new PowerForward plan is a comprehensive roadmap that will be used as electricity companies upgrade infrastructure.

He said the plan ensures grid security and the ability to adapt to future power usage, and it gives customers options.

The PowerForward plans to aiming to improve the customer experience by fostering innovation from distribution utilities, their affiliates, competitive power retailers and third party technology providers.

“The takeaway is customers should be able to maintain more control over their electricity service,” Haque said.

The Ohio Environmental Council says the PowerForward plan is an essential step for the future because it takes a close look on how to control costs and ensure fairness while protecting consumer choice.