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PUCO Unveils PowerForward Plan for Electric Grid Modernization

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JO INGLES
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU
Asim Haque, chairmain of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, says the plan will allow for grid security and adaptability and will give customers options.

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 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.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.