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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

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

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

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”

Dominion East Ohio’s Distribution Rate
Glossary of Utility-Related Terms

9-1-1: An abbreviated dialing code that directs emergency calls to police, fire, and emergency services. 2-1-1: An abbreviated dialing code that directs callers to health and human services information and referral providers. 3-1-1: An abbreviated dialing code that directs non-emergency telephone calls to police,

Budget Billing for Natural Gas and Electric Service

Fluctuating energy prices can have a dramatic influence on monthly energy bills. In addition to following conservation tips and considering competitive supplier options, consumers can take advantage of budget billing to offset increased energy costs for heating during the winter months and cooling during the summer

Choosing a Natural Gas Supplier

Under customer choice programs for Duke Energy, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Dominion East Ohio, and Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio, you may choose your natural gas supplier. Your local natural gas utility will continue to deliver the gas to your home or business. If you are considering switching natural gas suppliers,

Do Not Call Registry: Preventing Unwanted Telemarketing Calls

Are you tired of your dinner or evening relaxation being interrupted by calls from telemarketers? You now have the power to take charge of the number of telemarketing calls you get at home. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission have implemented a national “do not call”

Railroad Crossing Accident Maps

Shows Ohio railroad crossings with accidents between the years 2006 through 2011. 

Duke Energy Ohio's Electric 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 electric distribution service. Four local public hearings have been scheduled to allow the public an opportunity to provide testimony on the company’s application.

Enhanced Emergency 9-1-1 Service

Ohio’s 9-1-1 systems Many Ohioans are familiar with the emergency 9-1-1 system and the security it provides citizens in emergency situations. In 1985, the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation that provided for the establishment of enhanced emergency 9-1-1 telephone service across the state. This service

Is That A Long Distance Call?
Columbia Gas of Ohio Nonresidential Natural Gas Rates
Highway-Rail Grade Crossings: 7 Steps for Safety

Approach with care. Warn others that you are slowing down. Turn on 4-way flashers. Use pull-out lane if available. Prepare to stop. Turn off fans and radio and roll down windows. Locate your cell phone for use in emergency. Stop at least 15 feet, but not more than 50 feet, from nearest rail. Look and listen both

Dominion East Ohio Nonresidential Natural Gas Rates
Energy, Jobs, Progress: Ohio Senate Bill 221
Energy, Jobs, Progress: Ohio Senate Bill 221

The PUCO has collected all the information you need to know about SB 221 in one handy spot.  

Natural Gas Overview

Natural Gas Overview Natural gas is the energy source most Ohioans use to heat their homes. Several separate and­­ distinct industries produce, transport, and distribute gas throughout Ohio . These segments are production companies, transmission companies, distribution companies, and marketers. The