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Comparing Your Natural Gas Choices

Consumers are contacted by energy marketers on the phone, at the door and in the mail.  Have you been contacted about switching to an energy marketer? It’s common because Ohio consumers have an energy choice to make: who will supply my natural gas?

With energy choice, consumers may choose to have their natural gas supplied by their utility company. Consumers also have the option to sign a contract with a natural gas marketer or join an aggregated community. Consumers are not required to switch to a marketer or join an aggregated community.

Switching to a marketer does not guarantee savings. Market rates for natural gas have been historically low in Ohio, and Ohioans are unlikely to save money by switching to a gas marketer at this time. If a marketer offers a lower rate, it may only be available for one to two months.

Natural gas choice is offered by Columbia Gas of Ohio, Dominion East Ohio, Duke Energy Ohio and Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio.  Energy choice is not available to consumers of municipal power systems, members of co-ops or consumers enrolled in energy assistance programs like the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP Plus).

To see if switching to an energy marketer or aggregator is right for you, start by checking the “Standard Choice Offer” on your natural gas bill. This is the amount your utility company charges to deliver your utility. To save consumers money, a marketer or aggregator must offer the same service at a lower Standard Choice Offer rate. Pay attention to every bill because the Standard Choice Offer can change every month and it is different than the Price to Compare on your electric bill. Refer to several bills to calculate an average before comparing with a marketer’s offer.

More information on natural gas rates and other resources for making your natural gas choice are below. For information on electric choice, visit the OCC’s website for comparing your electric choices.

Fact Sheets

Comparing Your Natural Gas Choices. Learn about the rates on your natural gas bill, including the Standard Choice Offer, and compare your rate with rates from Ohio natural gas marketers. Rate charts for Ohio natural gas companies and marketers are included on these fact sheets and are updated weekly.

Historical Regulated Standard Choice Offer Rates. Based on current rates and these historical rates, consumers are unlikely to save money by switching from the Standard Choice Offer.

Guide to Understanding Your Natural Gas Bill. Learn how to read and understand the charges on your natural gas bill.

Additional Resources from the PUCO