June 12, 2013 – Forecasters have indicated that a continuous line of storms may stretch eastward throughout Ohio late tonight and early tomorrow. These storms likely will include high winds that may cause extensive power outages.
Apr. 02, 2013 – The Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC), Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) staff, Duke Energy Ohio (Duke) and other parties signed two settlements today that will significantly reduce the impact to customers of the utility's proposed increases to its electric and natural gas distribution rates.
March 27, 2013 – Electric customers of Duke Energy Ohio should not have to protect the utility from losses it claims it may sustain during its transition to a competitive market, according to testimony the Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC) filed yesterday.
Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) filed an application at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) which could impact consumers' electricity rates through December 2017. In 2013, the PUCO will decide what new rates to approve, after hearing from case participants and from Ohio customers.
Learn more about the utility proposal and opportunities to participate in the ratemaking process
Jan. 15, 2013 – The Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel Governing Board issued a resolution regarding consumers' energy choices.
Electricity is everywhere…in your homes and offices, out on the ball field and inside the gymnasium. It lights the streets at night and sounds the alarm clock in the morning. Our society uses electricity every second of every hour, every day of the year.
A lot has changed in the electric industry since Ohio native Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1879. Large electric companies invested money to build generation plants and transmission grids to provide power to Ohioans. In 2001, state law opened the electric market to competition. In most parts of the state, residential consumers have been able to choose an electric supplier.
The Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC) represents the interests of residential consumers on electricity issues and participates in proceedings before state and federal regulators and in the courts. The agency also educates residential consumers about changes in the electric industry and offers information and resources on electric related issues.
If you are interested in renewable energy and other related issues, visit the OCC's Smart Energy section of this website.
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