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PUCO community outreach

Utility services can be a concern for many households and businesses. Whether it is having a question about a bill, needing information about assistance programs or wanting to know how to save money, many Ohioans are unsure of the available resources. As the state agency that regulates public utility services, including electric, natural gas, telephone, water, motor carrier and railroad transportation, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) can provide Ohioans with helpful information on a variety of utility issues.

Public speaking engagements

PUCO staff is available to make presentations to community and business organizations. Presentation topics include:

  • Overview of the PUCO: How the PUCO works for Ohioans
  • Energy choice options
  • PUCO services for small businesses and local governments
  • Utility assistance programs
  • Winter heating season and ways to save money
  • Utility consumer rights and responsibilities (for electric, natural gas, telephone or moving companies)
  • Consumer guide to establishing utility services

These are just a sample of the topics PUCO speakers can present. Please let us know if there is a specific utility issue you would like to know about. To schedule a speaker, contact the PUCO Office of Public Affairs at (614) 466-7750.

Participation in fairs and trade shows

Each year the PUCO participates in fairs and trade shows across the state. At each event, the PUCO booth is stocked with educational materials, and representatives are available to answer questions from consumers.

If you would like the PUCO to attend an event you are sponsoring, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at (614) 466-7750.


The PUCO also produces a periodic newsletter which includes timely information about utility issues. All newsletters are available online here. Additionally, visitors can sign up on the PUCO website to have the newsletter and other information regularly emailed to them.

Consumer call center

The PUCO operates a call center for Ohio consumers to contact when they have questions or complaints about any utility issue. PUCO investigators staff the call center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. If you have a utility question or complaint, please call (800) 686-PUCO (7826). You can also file a complaint online at