AES Announces Smart Operations Center in Ohio

September 17, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio – September 17, 2020 – Dayton Power & Light Company (DP&L), a subsidiary of The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), today marks the announcement of its Smart Operations Center in Ohio, the first of its kind in the United States, opening a new era of innovative energy solutions. The facility represents AES’ longstanding commitment to the digital transformation of the energy industry, accelerating a safer and cleaner energy future in the United States and globally. The center also demonstrates AES’ investment in the State of Ohio and its people.

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.



About The Dayton Power and Light Company

The Dayton Power and Light Company is the principal subsidiary of DPL Inc. (DPL), a regional energy provider and an AES company. DPL’s primary subsidiaries include The Dayton Power and Light Company. The Dayton Power and Light Company, a regulated electric utility, provides service to over 527,000 customers in West Central Ohio. For more information about the company, please visit Connect with DP&L at, and at

About AES

The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is a Fortune 500 global power company. We provide affordable, sustainable energy to 14 countries through our diverse portfolio of distribution businesses as well as thermal and renewable generation facilities. Our workforce is committed to operational excellence and meeting the world’s changing power needs. Our 2019 revenues were $10 billion and we own and manage $34 billion in total assets.  To learn more, please visit  Follow AES on Twitter @TheAESCorp.

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