In order to meet the state energy efficiency targets DP&L intends to establish what it calls “customer conservation and energy management” (CCEM) programs, which initially will be implemented over a seven-year period and will include a technologically advanced modern distribution system allowing customers to manage their energy consumption and enabling DP&L to deliver that energy reliably and efficiently utilizing real time, automated controls. DP&L’s vision for CCEM is a fully networked system that includes AMI rollout to all customers, distribution and substation automation, and energy efficiency and demand response programs.
Energy efficiency programs will include lighting, HVAC diagnostic and tune up, appliance recycling, direct load control, time-of-use and peak time rebate pricing, and education and awareness, as well as various rebates.
DP&L estimates that its CCEM plan will require investment of $297.1 million in capital and $185.8 million in O&M over seven years. The majority of the capital expenditures, $255 million, are in support of AMI, while $41.6 million is required for smart grid development and $0.5 million to support the energy efficiency programs. O&M expenditures consist of $118.4 million for energy efficiency program implementation, $63.1 million toward AMI, and $4.3 million toward smart grid development.
Other aspects of the electric security plan are the incorporation of DP&L's existing rate stabilization plan (RSP) which establishes rates through the end of 2010. Accordingly, rate increases are limited to those previously approved by the PUCO in 2005 for the recovery of environmental investments, and those resulting from compliance with state energy legislation to meet energy and demand reduction goals, alternative and renewable energy targets, economic development initiatives, and standard and default service requirements.
“Our goal is to provide customers with competitive and stable electric prices during this new era of exceptionally volatile energy costs,” said Paul Barbas, DP&L president and chief executive officer. “We have developed a plan that provides customers with tools to control their electricity usage, supports the regional economy, and allows the company to recover reasonable costs, spread out over time.”
To support the local economy, DP&L is proposing incentive rates for companies that retain and create new jobs in the region. Incentives will also be available for companies who build or expand production facilities for energy efficiency products or renewable energy equipment.
A final decision on DP&L's electric security plan is expected from the PUCO in early 2009.
DP&L deliver electricity to more than 500,000 customers in a 6,000-square-mile area of west central Ohio.