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Distributed Generation Contact Information
Interconnection Checklist

Want to simplify the review of your interconnection application? Please take a few minutes to consider the following: Is your generating equipment (either by itself or as part of a group of generators) larger than 20 megawatts?  Please contact

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

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.

Understanding Your Natural Gas Bill

If you would like to see explanations of the different parts of your natural gas bill, the following links will take you to your local distribution company’s Web page explaining your bill. Duke Energy Ohio Columbia Gas of Ohio Dominion East Ohio Gas Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio The following

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

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

Natural Gas Pipeline Safety in Ohio

The PUCO is committed to ensuring the safe, reliable and environmentally sound operation of Ohio's natural gas pipeline system. PUCO investigators inspect each natural gas pipeline system in the state at least once every two years and review records and procedures implemented by utilities. When violations are detected, the PUCO orders corrective action and may assess fines and other penalties to ensure that Ohio’s natural gas pipeline systems continue to deliver natural gas safely and reliably.

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.

Moving in Ohio: Know your rights when hiring a moving company

Congratulations on your move! When hiring a moving company, you have rights guaranteed by law and enforced by the PUCO. When planning a move, and hiring a moving company, you should know your rights regarding: estimates, bill of lading, insurance coverage and claims .

Federal Poverty Guidelines

A number of  assistance programs  are available to help income-eligible Ohioans pay their utility bills.  Eligibility typically is based on total household income as a percentage of the 2013 federal poverty guidelines.  Below are several of the limits commonly used. 

Choosing an Electric Supplier

With electric choice in Ohio, you may be able to choose the electric supplier that provides the generation of your electricity. If you choose a new electric supplier, your local electric utility will continue to deliver the electricity to your home, and you should continue to call your local electric utility if

Green Pricing Programs
Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio's Standard Choice Offer

Beginning in October 2008, Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio has changed the way it buys natural gas for customers who have not selected an alternative natural gas supplier. The changes do not affect customers that have enrolled with a supplier under the Energy Choice program. What has changed? Under a new pilot

Dominion East Ohio Standard Choice Offer and Standard Service Offer
Gas Cost Recovery (GCR): How it Affects Your Natural Gas Bill

What is the Gas Cost Recovery? The Gas Cost Recovery (GCR) is the actual cost of natural gas that a local distribution company (LDC) pays to purchase natural gas for your use. That cost is then passed through to you on a dollar-for-dollar basis with no mark-up or profit to the LDC. Only the actual costs of the

Guide to Establishing Utility Services

Moving into a new home or apartment can be an exciting but hectic time. One aspect of moving that can be overwhelming for some is establishing utility services including  electric ,  natural gas ,  telephone , and  water service. How long will it take to install service? What options are available? Who do

Changing Area Codes: What Consumers Should Know

Why do we need new area codes? Over the past decade, the importance of technology in everyday life has increased tremendously. Households no longer have a single phone for the whole family. Now, many households have multiple phone lines, cell phones, and Internet access. Businesses also require more phone lines and

Electricity and the Environment

The PUCO is the sole agency charged with regulating Ohio’s electric and  natural gas  utilities. Because energy issues often contain an environmental component, it is essential for the PUCO to maintain strong relationships with the  Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) and the  Ohio Department of Natural