Ohio Electricity Deregulation
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Deregulation Milestones in Ohio:
Information taken from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. For more information on the history of deregulation in Ohio, please visit the EIA Ohio Restructuring website. Link: https://www.eia.gov/electricity/
- The PUCO adopted guidelines for Conjunctive Electric Services. The 2-year pilot program would allow ratepayers to band together for collective billing under rates designed for the group. (The pilot was an experiment in innovative pricing, and did not allow for retail wheeling.)
- June 1998: The PUCO approved Monongahela’s tariff for conjunctive electric service, the first tariff approved that would allow groups of consumers to aggregate and negotiate the price for electricity.
- August 1998: A lawsuit aimed at blocking conjunctive service regulations was thrown out of court. Because of this, the PUCO would move ahead with plans for a conjunctive billing service.
- June 1999: The restructuring legislation would allow retail customers to choose their energy suppliers beginning January 1, 2001. It also would require a 5 percent residential rate reduction and a rate freeze for 5 years.
- July 1999: The restructuring legislation, Senate Bill 3, was signed into law by the governor on July 6, 1999, allowing retail customers to choose their energy suppliers beginning January 1, 2001. The new law required 5 percent residential rate reductions and a rate freeze for 5 years, contains consumer protections, environmental provisions, and labor protections, and empowers the PUCO to determine the amount and recovery period for stranded costs. Also, the property tax utilities paid in the past was replaced with an excise tax on consumer bills. Utilities were required to spend $30 million over the next six years on consumer education programs.
- September 1999: Almost half of a million consumers in the state switched suppliers, mostly in the Philadelphia area, due to PECO having some of the highest rates in the state prior to deregulation.
- January 2001: Retail direct access to competitive electricity suppliers began on January 1, 2001. The first month saw about 97,622 customers in First Energy territories switch suppliers. Standard Offer Rates ranged from 3.6 to 4.9 cents/kWh in the three FirstEnergy subsidiary territories of Toledo Edison, Ohio Edison, and Cleveland Illuminating.
- September 2001: The PUCO adopted rules for local government aggregation of electricity customers. Under Ohio’s restructuring legislation passed in July 1999, local governments could serve as an aggregator for electricity customers.
- January 2002: The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel released the first report card for Ohio’s electric choice program. Overall, the OCC said electric customers were “better off than they were before electric choice.” About 15 percent of eligible customers switched electric suppliers in 2001, mainly former customers of the three FirstEnergy companies. In northern Ohio, 158 communities aggregated their load and chose an alternative supplier.
- April 2002: The PUCO released The Ohio Retail Electric Choice Programs Report of Market Activity for the Year 2001 to the Ohio General Assembly. The report summarized “the market activity during the first year of Ohio’s retail electric choice program.” According to the report, the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company had 50 percent of its customers switch to alternative suppliers. 15 percent of Ohio Edison’s customers switched, and over 4 percent of Toledo Edison’s customers chose another electric supplier. While Cincinnati Gas and Electric, Columbus Southern Power, Dayton Power and Light had less than 1 percent of its customers switch. No Monongahela Power or Ohio Power customers switched during 2001.
- June 2002: The PUCO issued their first quarter “switching statistics,” summaries of electric customer choice switch rates in terms of sales and customers, for 2002. In terms of customers, 52.58 percent of residential Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company customers switched to a certified retail electric supplier (CRES) while 18.36 percent of commercial and 24.34 percent of industrial customers switched. Toledo Edison Company had 45.84 percent of residential customers, 3.43 percent of commercial customers, and 20.66 percent of industrial customers switch to a CRES. Ohio Edison Company had 16.43 percent of residential customers, 8.54 percent of commercial customers, and 30.90 percent of industrial customers switch to a CRES. Cincinnati Gas and Electric Company, Columbus Southern Power Company, and Dayton Power and Light Company had less than 1 percent switch to a CRES. No Monongahela Power Company or Ohio Power Company customers were participating in the Ohio Electric Choice program at the time.
- January 2003: The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) published its 2002 End-of-Year Update on Ohio’s Electric Market that reviewed the past two years of competition in Ohio. According to the report, “813,000 residential consumers statewide – or about 20 percent of those who were eligible to participate in electric choice-actually switched electric suppliers.” Most of those customers participated in community aggregation groups. At the time, Cleveland Electric Illuminating had the highest percentage of customers who switched to an alternative supplier.
- May 2008:Governor Ted Strickland signed into law Senate Bill 221 (SB 221 or “the Act”) on May 1, 2008. Under this new law, the regulatory structure for electric public utility companies is significantly revised and new policies for the development of advanced and renewable energy are put forward.
- January 2009: The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio voted to allow utility surcharges for FirstEnergy Corporation to expire. The utility surcharges were originally put in place to allow Ohio electric utilities to recoup some of the costs incurred during preparation for electricity deregulation that never occurred.Source: The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Link: https://puco.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/puco/