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Ohio's Apples to Apples

Mar 25

Columbia Gas customers are likely familiar with Columbia Gas's services and products. The company is owned and operated by NiSource. It serves around 1.4 million customers in Ohio and West Virginia.


In columbia gas energy deregulation means that residents are able to shop for an alternative source of natural gas or electricity and switch to it. This is intended to stop the monopoly of energy and to help consumers make informed choices about their energy use.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has an online tool called Apples to Apples which is useful for consumers who want to learn more about the deregulation of energy. This tool lets you compare various options and helps to determine what your electricity bill will be with a new provider or service.

Apples to Apples provides details on all aspects of Ohio's energy market including the different electric power companies, where your power originates from and what the process similar to switching. The site also has information on energy conservation and strategies to help you save money.


Ohio is the state with the most. Ohio is the largest producer of renewable energy in the nation and has been able grow its economy and reduce emissions by switching from natural gas and coal to alternative fuels. These energy sources are more environmentally friendly and less polluting than other energy sources.

The energy providers of the country have experienced COMPETITIVE RATE SHIPPING

In many cases, suppliers are able to offer lower rates than your utility. This is especially true for natural gas companies.

PUCO'S "APPLES to APPLES" WEBSITE offers pricing and comparison tools for all the major energy providers in the state. This website is frequently updated, allowing you to compare rates from various energy suppliers before deciding to change.


Before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved Columbia Gas' request for an increase of $11 billion in rate in 2019, charitable organizations that receive financial contributions from the utility or its parent company sat in favor of the utility. The nonprofits gave examples of how the contributions contributed to their cause and how the funds helped them raise more money.

They also highlighted that the utility is investing millions into safety and economic development programs for local communities. These programs are expected aid thousands of people, particularly those with low incomes, and enhance their lives in a variety of ways.

The utility is also spending heavily on infrastructure improvement and replacement projects, which will aid in reducing the state's greenhouse gas emissions. Those investments will also allow the utility to recuperate some of its costs from consumers over time, however regulators haven't agreed to those details yet.

In the upcoming months, regulators will look into allowing Columbia Gas to add a $20 a month charge which will be charged on fixed rates before customers make use of any gas. This is an increase of significant magnitude that could affect thousands of customers. If approved it could force homeowners to file for bankruptcy or landlords to break their rental agreements.


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