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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750

PUCO initiates electric retail market investigation

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Dec. 12, 2012) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today commenced an investigation into the state of Ohio’s retail electric market in an effort to determine where the market is working, in need of improvement, and how the retail market could be improved for the benefit of consumers.  

“Today’s Entry commencing our study of the state of Ohio’s retail market is the next logical step in the transition from a regulated environment to a restructured market,” said Chairman Todd A. Snitchler. “Our goal is to have a vibrant marketplace where suppliers can align their product offerings with customer demands, ensuring consumers can best control how their utility dollars are spent.”     

In its investigation, the PUCO seeks comments addressing questions about market design and corporate separation with a focus on ensuring that no undue barriers exist that prevent a fully competitive market from operating.  Comments are due on January 30, 2013, and reply comments are due on February 15, 2013.

The Commission’s Entry issued today in case number 12-3151-EL-COI will be available online at www.PUCO.ohio.gov. Click on the link to Docketing Information System and enter the case number.

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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business, and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe, and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.

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