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Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) tackles utility reselling issue.
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Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) tackles utility reselling issue.

 
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12/17/15 Public Utilities moves ahead on utility reselling investigation
Columbus Dispatch reports "The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio opened the investigation on Wednesday, following through on plans announced last month in response to a consumer complaint. The panel says that parties must file testimony by Jan. 21, followed by rebuttal testimony by Feb. 5. 'The commission finds that an investigation should be initiated regarding the proper regulatory framework that should be applied to submetering and condominium associations in the state Ohio,' the PUCO said in a filing.
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11/19/15: The Columbus Dispatch reports that "The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has launched an investigation of companies that resell utilities in apartments and condominiums. The probe has arisen from a formal complaint made by a Columbus man, Mark Whitt, who said he was being overcharged for electricity by Nationwide Energy Partners. He argued that the company should be regulated as a utility. Several other parties have filed to join the complaint case, including the local utility, American Electric Power, and the Office of the Ohio consumers’ Counsel, a consumer advocate." 

June 3, 2015. Columbus Dispatch  AEP petitions to join utility reselling case at PUCO
Columbus Dispatch reporter Dan Gearino has a story about an effort by American Electric Power to join the consumer complaint against Nationwide Electric Power, an unregulated company that "resells" electricity to tenants and condo owners in the Columbus area. Gearino writes: "AEP officials previously have raised concerns about submeter companies but have mostly stayed out of a public debate that has included unsuccessful attempts to pass legislation. The utility now says it is asking to be part of the case because of a vital interest in the underlying policy issues and because Whitt is a consumer in AEP territory.'
Tenant advocates are anxious to hear from NEP customers who might be willing to join the complaint brought by Attorney Mark Whitt, representing himself as an NEP customer.
Read the story here

April 15, 2015 Columbus Dispatch Complaint asks PUCO to regulate ‘submeters’



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