April 2001 - According to the Ohio Consumers' Counsel, retail electric competition in Ohio has been "slow to develop, choices have been slow to materialize, and savings have been slow to accumulate." Of the 40 electric suppliers certified by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), only two companies are actively marketing products to residential customers and neither is offering a green power product.
Most market activity has occurred in the service territories of FirstEnergy subsidiaries, where an estimated 152,000 residential customers have switched suppliers. Only a combined 500 residential customers have switched in the service territories of American Electric Power, Cinergy, and Dayton Power and Light. However, Ohio's customer aggregation policy, which allows customers to opt-out of municipal aggregation groups rather than requiring them to opt-in, may encourage more deals like the recent announcement from Green Mountain Energy Company and the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC).
News Release - Ohio Consumers' Counsel Issues Status Report on First Three Months of Retail Electric Competition in Ohio
Full Report - The View from 90 Days: Despite Few Choices for Electric Consumers, Education Efforts Must Proceed
OCC Contact: Ryan Lippe (614) 466-7269