US, Indiana: Indianapolis Power & Light Co. (IPL) recently submitted a plan to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) that will allow it to modernize its electric grid over a seven-year period to continue meeting the energy needs of customers.
Most of the modernization plan, called IPL revAMP, addresses the upgrade and replacement of aging equipment, hardware, and other assets. The remaining IPL revAMP investment allows the IPL to provide its customers with new technology, equipment, and systems, a few of which include: self-healing electric grid, which allows the IPL to isolate problems automatically and re-route power around the problem, reducing the duration of service interruptions to many customers; smart advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) meters and other corresponding technology that automatically let the IPL know when the power is out and facilitates customer review of their electric usage online; replacing transformers, breakers, batteries, and other aging equipment at substations to meet local area energy demands.
If approved by the IURC, full implementation of IPL revAMP will begin in 2020 and conclude in 2027, with a total investment of $1.2 B.
Source: T&D World