Nov. 4, 2016 - In October 2013, an investigation by the Columbus Dispatch discovered that the practice of reselling public utility services has inflated some residential utility bills by as much as 40 percent, compared to customers who are billed directly by a public utility. Following the newspaper series, several bills related to the reselling of utility services have been introduced in the Ohio General Assembly.
Dec. 14, 2015 - The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) calls for protecting consumers from the settlement agreed to by AEP, the Staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) and others today. Those signing the settlement propose that the PUCO approve an eight-year power purchase agreement (PPA) and other unrelated ratemaking terms that favor AEP and special interests, mostly at consumer expense. OCC projects the PPA alone will cost consumers approximately $2.0 billion, with more charges from other terms in the settlement.
Dec. 1, 2015 - The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) and the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) today jointly announced their strong opposition to the settlement filed by FirstEnergy (FE) in its rate plan case at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). The settlement makes changes to FE’s original proposal for a power purchase agreement (PPA), such as reducing the proposed term to eight years from 15. Still, OCC and NOPEC’s expert preliminarily projects that the new PPA proposal will cost consumers approximately $3.9 billion. And the settlement’s impact on Ohioans’ electric bills does not end with the PPA charges: the settlement contains a virtual holiday wish list of favorable ratemaking for FirstEnergy.
August 4, 2014 - FirstEnergy asked the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to approve an “electric security plan” (ESP) that will determine some of its charges to consumers for the years 2016-2019. FirstEnergy serves 1.9 million residential utility customers in Ohio. The charges include FirstEnergy’s future Standard Service Offer (SSO), which is what FirstEnergy charges customers of Ohio Edison, Toledo Edison and The Cleveland Electric Illuminating companies. Local public hearings begin Jan. 12, 2015. For more information follow this link:
May 29, 2014 - Duke Energy Ohio proposed a rate plan to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to determine future Standard Service Offer (SSO) generation prices for customers who choose not to be served by an energy marketer. Local public hearings begin September 8. For more information follow this link:
September 3, 2014 – The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel is warning Ohio’s residential utility consumers to be cautious of phone calls from people who demand payment to avoid disconnection of utility services.
June 12, 2013 – Forecasters have indicated that a continuous line of storms may stretch eastward throughout Ohio late tonight and early tomorrow. These storms likely will include high winds that may cause extensive power outages.
Apr. 02, 2013 – The Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC), Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) staff, Duke Energy Ohio (Duke) and other parties signed two settlements today that will significantly reduce the impact to customers of the utility's proposed increases to its electric and natural gas distribution rates.
March 27, 2013 – Electric customers of Duke Energy Ohio should not have to protect the utility from losses it claims it may sustain during its transition to a competitive market, according to testimony the Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC) filed yesterday.
Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) filed an application at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) which could impact consumers' electricity rates through December 2017. In 2013, the PUCO will decide what new rates to approve, after hearing from case participants and from Ohio customers.
Learn more about the utility proposal and opportunities to participate in the ratemaking process
Jan. 15, 2013 – The Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel Governing Board issued a resolution regarding consumers' energy choices.
Electricity is everywhere…in your homes and offices, out on the ball field and inside the gymnasium. It lights the streets at night and sounds the alarm clock in the morning. Our society uses electricity every second of every hour, every day of the year.
A lot has changed in the electric industry since Ohio native Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1879. Large electric companies invested money to build generation plants and transmission grids to provide power to Ohioans. In 2001, state law opened the electric market to competition. In most parts of the state, residential consumers have been able to choose an electric supplier.
The Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC) represents the interests of residential consumers on electricity issues and participates in proceedings before state and federal regulators and in the courts. The agency also educates residential consumers about changes in the electric industry and offers information and resources on electric related issues.
If you are interested in renewable energy and other related issues, visit the OCC's Smart Energy section of this website.
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