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Retail market investigation

As Ohio electric utilities are making the transition from functional to structural separation, the PUCO finds it appropriate to evaluate the vitality of the competitive retail electric service markets supported by legislative mandates now that the mandates have been in place sufficient time to assess the results.

Accordingly, the PUCO opened docket 12-3151-EL-COI to investigate the strength and health of the competitive market. The Commission has solicited comments on market design and corporate separation to determine what - if any - changes to the market are warranted.

The PUCO has established a series of stakeholder collaboration workshops for the purpose of continuing the investigation. These workshops will be used to identify and overcome market constraints, existing issues impacting the relationship between competitive retail electric service providers and electric distribution utilities, existing issues regarding market access, and other issues identified by stakeholders.

Orders
  • December 12, 2012, the PUCO initiates an investigation into the health, strength, and vitality of Ohio's retail electric service market.
  • May 29, 2013, the PUCO establishes a series of stakeholder collaboration workshops.
  • June 5, 2013, the PUCO finds that to further the development of Ohio's retail electric service market, the following additional questions should be issued for stakeholders to file comments and reply comments. The PUCO requests comments from interested stakeholders should be filed by July 8, 2013. Reply comments should be filed by July 22, 2013.

Workshops

The PUCO will be hosting a series of workshops seeking comments in its investigation of Ohio’s retail electric service market. The purpose of these workshops is to permit stakeholders to highlight or summarize positions on key issues that the PUCO plans to address as part of the intermediate work plan to promote competition.

The workshops are designed to be results driven and will focus on creating specific, workable steps that can be implemented to promote the development of Ohio's retail electric service market. They are not an adversarial proceeding and companies may be represented by a partner, bona fide officer or employee of the company, in lieu of an attorney. The public is invited to attend.

The workshops are not a substitute for the PUCO's formal comment process. Once the staff has an opportunity to consider the input received at the workshops, it will issue proposed rule amendments. These draft rules will then be subject to a formal written comment and reply comment period. All stakeholders, whether they choose to attend the workshop or not, may file formal comments with the Commission once the draft rules have been issued.

Workshop Agenda Recap Webcast
July 9, 2013 link link  
July 30, 2013 link link  
Sept. 5, 2013 link link  
Oct. 10, 2013 link link  
Nov. 5, 2013 link link  
Dec. 11, 2013 link link Part 1, 2, 3

Additional resources

Case docket