OHIO ENERGY CHOICE
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ENERGY DEREGULATION IN OHIO
A law enacted in 1999 restructured Ohio’s electric industry by changing the way customers shop for electricity.
The law, which took effect January 2001, provided for a five-year market development period. During this time, the utilities’ rates were frozen to allow a competitive retail market to develop.
In 2008, the Ohio General Assembly passed Senate Bill 221 to keep electric rates stable going forward, create jobs, implement energy efficiency and expand Ohio’s renewable and advanced energy industry.
The new law incorporated a new system under which rates would be approved by the PUCO beginning in 2009. Senate Bill 221 also outlined alternative paths for electric utilities to implement different forms of market-based pricing.
Finally, Ohio residents can shop for Energy the same way they shop for anything they consume — by comparing prices.
Energy customers who choose to purchase power through another supplier receive a single bill that includes charges from the supplier as well as their utility company for delivering that Energy. Your current Utility Company is responsible for maintaining the supply lines and is still the company customers will call in case of a power outage.
A recent survey by the Energy and Environment Marketing Agency found that most people aren’t aware that they have a choice of energy providers despite the fact that 15 states including Ohio have deregulated energy markets.
THE COST OF YOUR ENERGY BILL REFLECTS 3 MAJOR ELEMENTS
The Generation of Electricity and Gas begins in a power plant or by procuring natural gas from underground extraction operations.
The fuel to generate the power varies. They may use coal, natural gas, hydro, nuclear or other green alternative sources.
The Power Companies then market the electricity and gas at a competitive rate on the open market to Suppliers.
The Transmission of the energy moves through high-voltage power lines or gas pipe lines which transports the energy to switching stations or depots.
This infrastructure or grid is designed to transmit extremely high voltage electricity or volume quantities of gas many miles from state to state.
The energy is available at this time to Suppliers who competitively price the electricity and gas for Consumer delivery.
Delivery to the end user starts at the switching stations or depots.
The Delivery of the energy is switched to lower voltage power lines or lower volume gas lines to reach each Consumer delivery location.
Your local Utility Company owns the infrastructure that delivers the energy to you. They are required and responsible for the delivery and service of supply, regardless of what Supplier you choose.
Each Energy Supplier offers their own Consumer Energy Rates and Packages.
ENERGY CHOICE SERVICES will provide you with the best Energy Rates & Packages to compare so you can start saving on your energy bills.
How to report an emergency or power outage
Should you need to report a power outage or natural gas emergency, please contact your local utility at the phone numbers listed below.
Electricity: American Electric Power (AEP) 800-672-2231 Duke Energy Ohio 800-543-5599 Dayton Power and Light 877-468-8243 FirstEnergy 888-544-4877 Ohio Edison 800-633-4766 The Illuminating Company 800-589-3101 Toledo Edison 800-447-3333 Natural Gas: Columbia Gas of Ohio 800-344-4077 Dominion East Ohio 877-542-2630 Duke Energy Ohio 800-634-4300 Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio 800-227-1376
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