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Legislative Testimony

2009 September 29 Commissioner Ronda Hartman Fergus's testimony before the Senate Energy and Public Utilties Committee regarding Senate Bill 162 Commissioner Ronda Hartman Fergus's testimony before the House Public Utilities Committee regarding House Bill 276   May 26 PUCO Overview Testimony of Chairman

Distributed Generation Contact Information
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

Interconnection: A Customer's Guide
Distributed Generation: Generating Your Own Electricity

An electric customer can shave the “peak” off the power they would otherwise buy on a hot summer day--or when electricity prices are too high, by using a customer-owned generator .  Self generation  is also an option for customers who prefer to use renewable energy from the sun, wind or  biomass -based fuels.

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

Net Metering FAQ

Generating Your Own Electricity: Net Metering Interested in producing your own electricity?  Let us provide you with general information to assist you in making an informed decision. If you are an electric utility customer and are interested in generating your own electricity from renewable sources Ohio law allows

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.

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

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.

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. 

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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”

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”