Using leading-edge technology, the AES Smart Center will employ data to increase the efficiency of its electric operations across the US. This digital hub also represents the integration of AES' new Global Performance Monitoring and Analytics Center (PMAC) and AES' Remote Operations and Control Center (ROCC) for US-based generation assets. This consolidation is critical as the company – and the energy industry as a whole – intensifies its reliance on data and smart grid technologies.
"The transition to a cleaner, more efficient energy future depends in large part on the adoption of digital technology," said Bernerd Da Santos, AES Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "The new AES Smart Center will tap into the power of data and digital platforms, allowing us to monitor, remotely operate and improve the management of our power generation operations, including solar, wind, hydro, thermal and energy storage facilities across the United States and globally from one central location. This digital approach will lead the way to a greener, more sustainable future for the businesses and communities we serve."
"We believe that the electric grid can become clean and unbreakable and are excited to continue accelerating the future of energy together with an inventive city like Dayton through our first US-based smart operations center," said Lisa Krueger, AES US Strategic Business Unit President. "Our selection of Dayton as the location of our first US-based smart operations center demonstrates our commitment to the region today and our belief in a strong pool of local innovators who will help us shape tomorrow while contributing to the state's economic growth."
The announcement solidifies AES' renewed investment in Ohio and its commitment to supporting job creation within the state. AES, the parent company to Dayton Power & Light (DP&L), continues to contribute to Ohio's economic growth. The Smart Operations Center will foster Ohio's workforce development, as the state works to meet increasing digital technology demands.
"AES' decision to stand up their Smart Operations Center in Dayton is a testament to the region's skilled workforce and Ohio's robust innovation ecosystem," said J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president and CEO. "The Dayton Development Coalition, JobsOhio and the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce look forward to partnering with AES as it invests in Ohio's people and infrastructure, which is critical to growing Ohio's economy."
The AES Smart Operations Center is located at the AES/DP&L MacGregor Park site will attract and employ advanced technology engineers and data scientists from the City of Dayton and the wider Montgomery County and Ohio regions.