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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
(614) 466 7750

PUCO order charts path to protect submetering customers

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Dec. 7, 2016) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today sets the framework to assert regulatory authority over submetering companies or similar entities that charge unreasonably high rates for the resale and redistribution of utility service.

Today’s order enhances the test used by the PUCO to determine whether a submetering company or similar entity is acting as a public utility. If a submetering company or similar entity is charging more than an approved percentage threshold above the bill of a similarly-situated default service customer, it will be presumed that the entity is acting as a public utility, thereby subject to PUCO jurisdiction. 

The Commission will apply the test, on a case-by-case basis, in complaint cases brought forth by customers of submetering companies or similar entities.

The PUCO is seeking comments regarding the percentage threshold whereby a submetering company or similar entity would be presumed to be acting as a public utility. Stakeholders should submit comments by Jan. 13, 2017, and reply comments by Feb. 3, 2017.

For more information, visit the PUCO’s submetering frequently asked questions.

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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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