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More than 4.2 million households and a quarter million businesses in Ohio have already switched electricity suppliers. Why? In some cases, Ohioans saved up to 23% by switching. In all cases, they took more control of their bills and purchased electricity on their terms rather than on a utility's such as Duke Energy Ohio. But here's the crazy thing: Nearly half of Ohio respondents in a recent ChooseEnergy.com survey said they have "no clue" what energy deregulation means.

Put simply, it means residents and business in Ohio can choose the company that provides their electricity supply, giving them the opportunity to save on their electricity. Enter your ZIP above to find out what's available.

Supplier Plan Energy Term Length Rate
Constellation Energy 36 month fixed 5.89¢
Constellation Energy 12 month fixed 6.19¢
Constellation Energy 12 month fixed 6.39¢
Direct Energy 12 month fixed 6.59¢
Constellation Energy 6 month fixed 5.99¢

We have 10 more plans available in 44060.

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Don't I have to buy electricity from a utility?

No, Ohio is one of about 15 states where residents can say goodbye to traditional utilities when it comes to paying for the energy they use. The utility will still deliver the electricity or natural gas, but the energy will come from a competitive supplier. These suppliers often offer lower prices for electricity supply than the utility serving your area.

Even when the rate is a bit higher now than the utility, it can be a smart financial decision to sign up for it. Because you can lock in your rate for a year or longer and protect yourself against volatile utility prices. 

Signing up also gives you a way to fight back against any unfair utility practices. For example, Ohio utilities including Duke Energy Ohio, Dayton Power & Light, FirstEnergy and American Electric Power fought an order from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio that would force them to refund savings from federal tax cuts to customers. In many states, utilities immediately returned savings to consumers. 

Who can buy deregulated energy plans in Ohio?

If you live in a deregulated area of Ohio, you have a choice of where to buy your energy supply. You are not required to purchase a new energy plan; if you decide not to, your local utility company will still provide your home or business’s power at its default rate.

However, you could find that you are paying more for your monthly electricity and natural gas supply than your neighbors who purchased a deregulated energy plan. This is because a utility’s default rate can be higher than the competitive energy plans offered by ChooseEnergy.com.

But not all Ohio residents are eligible to purchase a deregulated energy plan. To find out if your home or business can benefit from the deregulated energy market, enter your ZIP code above. If you do reside in a deregulated area of Ohio, you can take advantage of the countless offers and incentives offered through Choose Energy’s Ohio energy partners.

How energy deregulation in Ohio came about

The Ohio General Assembly passed Senate Bill 3 in 1999, beginning process of deregulating the Ohio energy market. Prior to this bill, the Ohio electricity market was made up of a few powerful utility companies that set energy rates. To help Ohio customers, the Ohio General Assembly put forth a plan to follow other states’ example and deregulate the energy market.

In 2001, Senate Bill 3 went into effect, lowering energy rates in Ohio for home and business owners. Through Choose Energy’s deregulated energy marketplace, many Ohio customers now have a choice between electricity providers that offer competitive rates and a vast range of plans.

Who provides the electricity?

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Within the Ohio deregulated energy system, there may be some confusion over where your electricity is coming from. Once you sign up for a new plan through the Choose Energy marketplace, your work is done! Your new electricity supplier will communicate with your area’s local utility company, ensuring that there is no interruption to your power delivery.

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If you have any problems, emergencies or power outages, contact your local utility company – not your energy supplier!

What types of plans and products are offered in Ohio?

  • Fixed-rate plan: A fixed-rate plan offers Ohio energy customers the most stability; within this plan type, customers pay a constant rate for an electricity or natural gas supply every month, no matter how the energy market’s default rate fluctuates. Fixed-rate plans come in various term lengths, ranging from six months to three years.
  • Variable-rate plan: A variable-rate plan often has the customer paying a different rate every month of the plan’s length, depending on fluctuating electricity rates. However, this varying rate can cost less than the utility’s default rate and does not come with any early cancellation fees if you choose to cancel the plan.
  • Prepaid plan: A prepaid plan can be a great choice for Ohio customers who don’t want to submit to a credit check or pay a plan deposit. For a prepaid plan, the customer will pay for a specific amount of electricity or natural gas upfront and then stay informed by the supplier throughout the month about his or her usage and account balance.
  • Green/Renewable energy plan: Most Ohio energy suppliers offer green or renewable energy plans for customers who want to minimize their environmental impact. These plans can be fixed-rate or variable-rate and can use up to 100% of its energy from renewable sources.
  • Home Services: Some Ohio energy suppliers do more than just provide your electricity or natural gas. Direct Energy, Constellation and other Choose Energy partners offer customers additional home services, such as HVAC installation, roof repairs and more.

Does Ohio have incentives for renewables and efficiency?

Yes. The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center’s database of state incentives shows the following programs in Ohio (click on the links for more information):

Residential energy conservation subsidy exclusion (Corporate)

Residential energy conservation subsidy exclusion (Personal)

Residential renewable energy tax credit

Business energy investment tax credit

Energy-efficient commercial buildings tax deduction

Energy-efficient new homes tax credit for home builders

Renewable electricity production tax credit

Residential energy efficiency tax credit

Local option- special energy improvement districts

Energy loan fund

Green energy Ohio - GEO solar thermal rebate program

Energy conservation for Ohioans (ECO-link) program

Tribal energy program grant

USDA – biorefinery assistance program

America Municipal Program (public electric utilities) – efficiency smart business program

Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio (gas) – business energy efficiency rebates

Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio (gas) – residential energy efficiency rebates

Alternative energy portfolio standard

America Municipal Program (public electric utilities) – efficiency smart residential program

Green power purchasing goal for federal government

Weatherization Assistance program (WAP)

Energy efficiency portfolio standard

U.S. Department of Energy – loan guarantee program

Interconnection standards for small generators

Qualified energy conservation bonds (QUCBs)

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

AEP Ohio – commercial new construction energy efficiency rebate program

USDA – high energy cost grant program

Duke Energy (electric) – commercial/industrial energy efficiency rebate program

Butler Rural Electric Cooperative – energy efficiency improvement loan program

Butler Rural Electric Cooperative – residential rebate program

Qualified energy property tax exemption for projects over 250 kW (payment in lieu)

USDA – repowering assistance biorefinery program

FHA PowerSaver loan program

USDA – Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) loan guarantees

USDA – Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance (EA/REDA) program

USDA – Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants

Net metering

Modified accelerated cost-recovery system (MACRS)

Columbia Gas of Ohio – innovative energy solutions program

Firelands Electric Cooperative – residential energy efficiency rebate program

Hamilton County – home improvement program

Fuel mix and emissions disclosure

Wind permitting standards

Fannie Mae Green Initiative loan program

Energy-efficient mortgages

Energy goals and standards for federal government

AEP Ohio (electric) – residential energy efficiency rebate program

AEP Ohio – commercial energy efficiency rebate program

Duke Energy (gas and electric) – residential efficiency rebate program

Federal appliance standards

Columbia Gas of Ohio – residential rebate programs

Dominion East Ohio (gas) – home performance program

City of Columbus – Green Columbus Fund

Dayton Power and Light – business and government energy efficiency rebate program

Dayton Power and Light – residential energy efficiency rebate program

Consolidated Electric Cooperative – heat pump and water heating rebates

The Energy Cooperative – residential energy efficiency rebate program

City of Cleveland – residential property tax abatement for green buildings

Air-quality improvement tax incentives

Qualified energy property tax exemption for projects 250 kW or less

Energy conversion and thermal efficiency sales tax exemption

City of Cincinnati – property tax abatement for green buildings

Clean renewable energy bonds (CREBs)

City of Cincinnati – residential rebate program

Interconnection standards

Solar renewable energy certificates program (SRECS)

Advanced energy fund

Energy efficiency program for manufacturers

First Energy Ohio – renewable energy credit procurements

Building energy code

Solar easements

Life cycle analysis and energy conservation standards for state buildings

Energy efficiency and sustainable design in new school construction

What about green energy options in Ohio?

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Ohio’s electric and natural gas suppliers are committed to providing a range of green energy options to its customers. Most of Choose Energy’s Ohio partners offer affordable plans that incorporate 25% to 100% of energy sourced from renewable resources, such as wind power and solar power.

Some energy suppliers in Ohio also give customers the option to purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) that can further offset a household or business’s carbon emissions.


(Last updated 5/23/2018)

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