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:
A 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.
A foundation that allows further integration of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and distributed energy resources (DERs) into the IPL’s system.
Once the IPL revAMP modernization is complete, IPL customers will experience:
Fewer outages and shorter duration of outages.
A more resilient system to face growing energy needs.