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Where does Ohio’s electricity come from?

In Ohio, the majority of our electricity is generated using nonrenewable resources like coal, natural gas, nuclear and petroleum. While these resources are found naturally in the earth and produce large amounts of electricity, nonrenewable resources take a long time to form, and there is a limited supply available

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Electric Customers' Bill of Rights
Electric Customers' Bill of Rights

Learn some of the rights and responsibilities you have as an electric customer in Ohio, and the rules electric companies are required to follow.

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Natural Gas Customers’ Bill of Rights

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the state regulatory agency that has authority over investor-owned public utilities, including local natural gas companies. The PUCO regulates the rates customers pay for natural gas distribution, monitors the market-based rates charged for natural gas supplies and

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Electric Power Outages: A PUCO Guide to Being Prepared
Electric Power Outages: A PUCO Guide to Being Prepared

The PUCO has some suggestions and answers to frequently asked questions if weather events should occur and cause a service interruption.

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Natural Gas Safety

Natural gas is used by more than 50 percent of American households as their main heating source. Natural gas is clean, efficient, and relatively safe. However, because there are potential dangers associated with natural gas usage, the PUCO recommends that consumers remember these safety tips. 

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Wind Power: How to Generate in Ohio

Options for wind energy in Ohio Are you thinking of installing a small wind energy project for your own not-for-profit use? If so, you may qualify as a “customer-owned small wind generator.” Are you planning to develop a commercial project for profit that will allow others to enjoy the benefits of renewable wind

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Winter Reconnect Order: Maintain Electric and Natural Gas Service

The Winter Reconnect Order is issued by the PUCO on an annual basis to allow natural gas and electric customers to maintain or restore their home heating service.

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Energy and Water Conservation Tips

All households rely on utilities such as electric, natural gas, and water service to meet basic, everyday needs. Each day, you use these utilities to perform many daily tasks. As the price of energy continues to rise, so does the cost for these necessities, and many households are looking for ways to reduce the cost

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How to Choose a Telephone Company

As new telephone technologies continue to emerge, there are more and more choices for consumers to pick from when it comes to telephone service. Gone are the days of just one telephone company providing service in an area. Now, competitive wireline telephone companies, wireless, Internet and cable providers are

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Energy Assistance Programs: Help with Paying Your Utility Bills

Assistance is available for both gas and electric bills. The assistance may be in the form of a reduction of your heating bill and/or a set amount based on your income to be paid each month. Eligibility for these programs is usually based on household income. Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)   Percentage of

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Water Service in Ohio FAQ
Water Service in Ohio FAQ

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) regulates investor-owned water companies throughout the state. Here are some of the more frequently asked questions regarding water service here in Ohio.

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Duke Energy Ohio's Natural Gas Distribution Rate Case

On July 9, 2012, Duke Energy Ohio filed an application with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to increase rates for natural gas distribution service. Four local public hearings have been scheduled to allow the public an opportunity to provide testimony on the company’s application.

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Links to other Government Agencies and Programs

Consumer Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel   Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies Ohio Office of Community Services Ohio Utilities Protection Service (OUPS): "Call before you dig" Energy American Municipal Power-Ohio   Energy Information Administration Federal Energy

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Columbia Gas of Ohio’s Distribution Rate

In December 2008, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) adopted an agreement, arrived at between the parties in the case that allows Columbia Gas of Ohio to increase the rates it charges for natural gas distribution service. The PUCO also approved the company’s proposal to implement a new “levelized”

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Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio's Distribution Rate

In January 2009, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) adopted an agreement, arrived at between the parties in the case, which allows Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio to increase the rates it charges for natural gas distribution service. The PUCO also ordered the company to implement a new “levelized”

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Dominion East Ohio’s Distribution Rate
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Smart Grid in Ohio

Our nation’s electric power infrastructure that has served us so well for so long – also known as “the grid” – is rapidly running up against its limitations. Our lights may be on, but systemically, the risks associated with relying

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100 Years and Counting: The History of the PUCO

100 years and counting: The history of the PUCO utility and transportation regulation began in Ohio in 1867 when the General Assembly established the Office of the Commissioner of Railroads and Telegraphs. With the advice and consent of the Senate, the governor appointed the commissioner for a two-year term.

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Call before you dig

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FirstEnergy's Electric Security Plan

History of Electric Deregulation in Ohio A law enacted in 1999 restructured the Ohio’s electric industry by changing the way customers shop for electricity. The law, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2001, provided a five-year market development period. During this period, electric rates were frozen to allow a

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