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HB6 Cost to Consumers

$243,147,931

($533,589 per day)

HB6 Subsidies Ohioans have paid to AEP, AES & Duke

For coal-power plants since 1/1/20 (Estimated)

HB6 Subsidized Pollution

46,259,024 tons CO2

33,751 tons NOx

26,219 tons SO2

OVEC coal plant pollution from AEP, AES & Duke

Since 1/1/20 (Estimated per US EPA 2023 data)

Let’s end consumer subsidies of coal power plants

OCC has long-opposed coal subsidies funded through consumers’ electricity rates 

Consumer Alert:
Submetered apartments could lose protections

10 a.m. June 24 public hearing

Affected complexes: Arlington Point, Gateway Lofts Columbus, Northtowne, The Edge at Arlington, and The Normandy Lofts at Norton Crossing-Whitehall

Ohio Consumers' Counsel Maureen Willis - I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to server Ohio's residential consumers as the fifth Consumers' Counsel. I will work hard to carry on the rich tradition of consumer advocacy that has been the hallmark of the agency. Photo of Governor Mike DeWine swears in Maureen Willis. She is pictured with her husband Ross and the Deputy Consumers' Counsel Angela O'Brien.

 

Ohio Consumers' Counsel Maureen Willis - I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to server Ohio's residential consumers as the fifth Consumers' Counsel. I will work hard to carry on the rich tradition of consumer advocacy that has been the hallmark of the agency. Photo of Governor Mike DeWine swears in Maureen Willis. She is pictured with her husband Ross and the Deputy Consumers' Counsel Angela O'Brien.

Consumer Protection

Subsidy Scorecard

Consumer payments for utility corporate welfare.

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Block the Knock

Nicer weather may increase energy marketers knocking and claiming to save you money.

Your Guide to Energy Disconnection & Reconnection
Your Guide to Energy Disconnection & Reconnection

There is help if you struggle to pay electric and natural gas bills.

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Submetering (reselling of utility services) and proposed legislation

A submeter allows an apartment owner or other company to purchase utility service (electric and water) and then resell that service to tenants.

Energy Choice: Know Your Rights!

Ohio law clearly defines rules and codes of conduct marketers must follow. 

Can You Benefit from a Utility Third-Party Notification?

A utility’s Third-Party Notification program serves as a safety net for consumers whose utility service could be disconnected.

How to Make Wise Energy Choices

Concerned about energy prices?

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Ohioans Denied Electric Refunds

Ohioans have been denied $1.5 billion in electric refunds since 2009.

Power Outage Tips and Consumer Rights
Power Outage Tips and Consumer Rights

Be prepared and know your rights if a power outage occurred today.

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Utility Guide to Renting

Before signing the lease for your new apartment, understand what your utilities will be like before writing your name on the dotted line.

How to Spot a Bad Apple
How to Spot a Bad Apple

A bad deal with a natural gas or electric marketer could cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year. There are some “bad apples” to avoid!


Consumer Advocacy

Consumer Alert:
Dominion Energy asks the PUCO for a 30 percent rate increase and more

Make Your Voice Heard at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO)

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OCC Calls for FE Investigation

OCC asks PUCO to investigate FirstEnergy on behalf of consumers.

Ohio Consumer Voices Need to Be Heard
Ohio Consumer Voices Need to Be Heard

OCC joined several Ohio Legal Aid advocates asking the PUCO for a virtual hearing in FirstEnergy’s latest rate increase proposal that consumers deserve.

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Utility Reform

OCC Board passes resolution to reform the process for selecting PUCO Commissioners.

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OCC Files Complaint at FERC to Protect Consumers

OCC asks FERC to step in and review supplemental transmission projects that are costing Ohioans hundreds of millions of dollars.

OCC and Advocates Call for Reform

OCC, Pro Seniors and LASSO write letter for reform.

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Consumer Advocates’ Request for Utility Disconnection Suspension Adopted by PUCO

Ruling will give at-risk Ohioans protection from utility disconnection during assistance application process.

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OCC Board Chair Writes Letter to PUCO Nominating Council

Asks to Reform its Process for Nominating PUCO Commissioner Applicants to the Governor.

Consumer Alerts
Your voices can make a difference.

It is very important for the PUCO to hear from you, the consumers directly affected by rate increases.

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Call for HB 6 Veto

OCC and OMA ask Governor for veto of House Bill 6.