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No matter who you choose to buy energy from, your local utility will continue to deliver your electricity and/or gas and respond to service interruptions and outages. You will still pay your utility for these services. Depending on your area, you can choose to receive a single bill from your utility listing your utility delivery charges and competitive supply charges, or separate bills from the utility and alternate energy provider.  The information on this page was last updated on May 24, 2011.  Please be sure to get accurate and up-to-date information before making any decision.


  

Residential Electricity:

There are now choices for residential consumers of electricity in the state of Ohio.  Please follow the links below to compare rates and switch plans.  Contact us directly at 310-619-3055 if you have any questions. 

 

Cleveland Edison
    
Bid My Electricity Rate - (coming soon)


Duke Energy
    
Direct Energy - 7.8¢


Ohio Edison
    
Bid My Electricity Rate - (coming soon)


Toledo Edison
    
Bid My Electricity Rate - (coming soon)
 

 

Commercial Electricity:

 

American Electric Power (AEP) Columbus

     CLICK HERE For a Custom Price Quote


Dayton Power & Light

     CLICK HERE For a Custom Price Quote


Duke Energy EL

     CLICK HERE For a Custom Price Quote


Cleveland Edison
    
Bid My Electricity Rate - (coming soon)


First Energy/Cleveland Electric

     CLICK HERE For a Custom Price Quote


First Energy/Ohio Edison

     CLICK HERE For a Custom Price Quote

     Bid My Electricity Rate - (coming soon)


First Energy/Toledo Edison

     CLICK HERE For a Custom Price Quote

     Bid My Electricity Rate - (coming soon)
 

In addition to the instant price quotes listed above, please feel free to fax your latest commercial electricity bill to us at 888-505-3661 in order to obtain a custom quote to see if we can help you reduce your electricity bill even further.  Call us at 310-619-3055 if you have any questions. 



Active Markets in Ohio

Ohio Edison – Purple area in the northeast and a few other small areas

Cleveland Illuminating – Yellow in the Cleveland area (5 to 6 competitive suppliers)

Toledo Edison – Orange in the Toledo area

Duke Energy – Purple in the Cincinnati area  (3 to 5 competitive Suppliers)
                     (Duke tends to be highly priced)
 

If you would like to inquire about our business opportunities in Ohio, please contact us directly at 310-619-3055 or visit our Opportunity page. 

 








































 


Electric:

Retail choice started in Ohio in 2001, and the full transition to competition has continually been extended. In 2008, legislators again tacked on several more years in the transition to full competition.

Most Ohio utilities continue to own electricity generation facilities, but the FirstEnergy companies have sold off their power plants. The utilities continue to own the transmission and distribution wires, while also providing "backstop" power to customers who do not choose alternate suppliers.


Customers can choose to receive their electric supply from their utility, or an alternate electric provider. With the move to competition, Ohio utilities have separated their service into two parts:

  • Regulated distribution of power, which is still only provided by the utility
  • Supply of the electric commodity, which is open to competition.


Under new legislation, utilities are required to develop "Electric Security Plans" to serve customers who do not choose an alternative energy supplier. The pricing under the electric security plan depends on the utility.

Under the security plans, customers will be responsible for a host of new charges, including surcharges for energy efficiency, economic development, new power plants, and updated and deferred fuel costs. Additionally, the security plans propose deferring current costs into the future. While this may keep rates low right now, customers will have to pay interest on carrying costs for such deferrals, ultimately raising rates. Choosing an alternative supplier may allow customers to avoid some of these charges, but that is subject to the outcome of pending cases at the Public Utilities Commission.


  

Residential Natural Gas:

 

Columbia Gas of Ohio (CGO)

     Gateway Energy Services

     MXenergy - 79.9¢/Therm


Dominion East Ohio (DEO)

     Gateway Energy Services - 73.43

     MXenergy - 69.9¢/Therm


Duke Energy

      CLICK HERE For a Custom Price Quote


Vectren Energy

     MXenergy - 69.9¢/Therm



Commercial Natural Gas:

 

Columbia Gas of Ohio

     Tiger Natural Gas

     CLICK HERE For a Custom Price Quote


Dominion East Ohio (DEO)

     Tiger Natural Gas

     CLICK HERE For a Custom Price Quote


Duke Energy Ohio (Cinergy)

     Tiger Natural Gas

     CLICK HERE For a Custom Price Quote


Synergy NG

     CLICK HERE For a Custom Price Quote



Ohio Natural Gas Utilities:

  • Arlington Natural Gas Company
  • Columbia Gas of Ohio
  • East Ohio Gas Company
  • Foraker Gas Co.
  • Hamilton Department of Public Utilities
  • KNG Energy
  • Lancaster Municipal Gas Co.
  • Northeast Ohio Natural Gas Company
  • Ohio Cumberland Gas Co.
  • Ohio Gas Company
  • Oxford Natural Gas Company
  • Piedmont Gas Co.
  • Pike Natural Gas Company
  • Sheldon Gas Co.
  • Southeastern Natural Gas Company of Ohio
  • Suburban Natural Gas Company
  • Swickard Gas Co.
  • Verona Natural Gas Company
  • Waterville Gas and Oil 







































































 

Natural Gas:

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has reformed the natural gas industry to give customers a chance to shop for lower natural gas rates. Customers at Dominion East Ohio, Columbia Gas, Duke Energy and Vectren Energy Delivery have the ability to choose an alternative supplier for their natural gas supply service. Their gas supply will still be delivered by the local utility, but customers will be buying their gas supply from a new company.

Customers can choose to receive their gas supply from their utility, or an alternate gas provider. A customer's natural gas bill has been separated into two parts:

  • Regulated distribution of gas, which is still only provided by the utility
  • Supply of the gas commodity, which is open to competition


Traditionally, local utilities arranged for gas supply for their customers and charged a supply rate known as a Gas Cost Recovery (GCR) rate. The rate could be compared to the rates charged by alternate suppliers.

However, most of the local utilities are transitioning away from arranging for gas supply for customers who don't choose an alternate provider, and are doing away with the GCR rate. Under this process, utilities instead will merely bill for gas supply that is arranged by another company.

Utilities are engaged in a multi-step transition with the first step being auctioning off customers' supply needs to competing suppliers, rather than the utility procuring the natural gas itself. Under the new process, the utility no longer charges a GCR rate, but instead charges something new called a "Standard Service Offer" rate, or SSO. The SSO is similar to the GCR in that it is a supply price which customers should use to compare offers from competitors. However, the SSO rate is set by competing suppliers in the market via an auction and is based on the NYMEX price for natural gas, unlike the GCR which was based on a utility supply portfolio.

Dominion East Ohio and Vectren Delivery currently have Standard Service Offer rates. Duke and Columbia still use GCRs but are moving towards using the SSO. The customer sees little difference in the change, as they still see a supply charge on their bill under both methods, and can still shop for an alternate supplier under both methods.

Both the SSO and GCR change monthly, which means customers are exposed to volatility. Choosing an alternate provider permits customers to lock-in a cheap rate before the more expensive winter season.



  

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