Comparing Your Natural Gas Choices
Consumers are contacted by energy marketers on the phone, at the door and in the mail. Have you been contacted about switching to an energy marketer? It’s common because Ohio consumers have an energy choice to make: who will supply my natural gas service?
With energy choice, consumers may choose to have their natural gas supplied by their utility company. Consumers also have the option to sign a contract with a natural gas marketer or join an aggregated community. Consumers are not required to switch to a marketer or join an aggregated community.
Switching to a marketer does not guarantee savings. Market rates for natural gas have been historically low in Ohio, and Ohioans are unlikely to save money by switching to a gas marketer at this time. If a marketer offers a lower rate, it may only be available for one to two months.
Natural gas choice is offered by Columbia Gas of Ohio, Dominion East Ohio, Duke Energy Ohio and Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio. Energy choice is not available to consumers of municipal power systems, members of co-ops or consumers enrolled in energy assistance programs like the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP Plus).
To see if switching to an energy marketer or aggregator is right for you, start by checking the “Standard Choice Offer” on your natural gas bill. This is the amount your utility company charges to deliver your utility. To save consumers money, a marketer or aggregator must offer the same service at a lower Standard Choice Offer rate. Pay attention to every bill because the Standard Choice Offer can change every month and it is different than the Price to Compare on your electric bill. Refer to several bills to calculate an average before comparing with a marketer’s offer.
More information on natural gas rates and other resources for making your natural gas choice are below. For information on electric choice, visit the OCC’s website for comparing your electric choices
OCC Newsletter Articles
Additional Resources from the PUCO
Newspaper and Media Articles
Here’s how to get the SCO for natural gas, shop for electricity Akron Beacon Journal – May 11, 2016
Even in competitive market, many Ohioans still overpaying for gas Akron Beacon Journal – April 22, 2016
Ohio customers losing big on unregulated natural gas plans The Columbus Dispatch – April 5, 2016
New energy supplier enters area The Toledo Blade – March 16, 2016
Columbia Gas of Ohio Bills This Winter Were Lowest in a Decade Energy Manager Today – March 9, 2016
March natural gas prices lowest in years The Cleveland Plain Dealer – March 4, 2016
Columbia Gas rate is lowest in 20 years The Columbus Dispatch – March 2, 2016
2015-16 winter heating season lowest in past decade The Times-Journal – March 2, 2016
Ohioans comparing electricity and gas prices at new Energy Choice Ohio website Columbus Business First – August 4, 2014
Energy Choice Ohio website promises better comparisons of electricity and natural gas suppliers Columbus Business First – February 20, 2014
Ohioans burned by gas ‘choice’ The Columbus Dispatch – November 11, 2012
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