The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the agency that regulates all types of utility service in Ohio–from electric and natural gas utilities to telephone companies, water and wastewater treatment companies, and rail and trucking companies.
The OEC intervenes in cases before the PUCO that impact electric sector to advance energy efficiency, and grid modernization investments, to ensure fair and consistent rules for those exercising clean energy choice, and to shift Ohio’s electric portfolio towards a cleaner energy future. The OEC engages in cases that provide the opportunity to improve the utility business model to better foster energy efficiency and renewable distributed generation, and to ensure Ohio is moving toward a modernized electric grid. This includes: ensuring that utility energy efficiency plans meet state requirements and help Ohio customers save money and energy; shifting away from dirty fuel sources when utilities file rate-setting cases; to fight bad rate proposals that would stunt the growth of renewable resources and energy efficiency initiatives by Ohio citizens and businesses; and many more.
The Ohio Environmental Council’s policy experts and attorneys work tirelessly at the PUCO and other regulatory agencies to ensure that Ohio’s utilities give individuals and communities all the tools they need to be as energy efficient as possible, and that the state is moving toward clean energy and away from fossil fuels.
Like our efforts at the PUCO, OEC intervenes in cases at the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB), which regulates the siting of certain installations of electricity generation and the transmission of electricity and natural gas across the state of Ohio. Any type of facility falling within the OPSB’s jurisdiction must apply for and receive a certificate to proceed with construction and operation from the agency.
The OEC’s involvement in OPSB cases is focused on project proposals that directly affect the mix of electric generation facilities here in Ohio, from large scale wind farms, and solar arrays. Additionally, the OEC will engage in certain natural gas pipeline projects that OPSB has jurisdiction over. Proper siting of energy infrastructure is key to ensuring the transition to clean energy, and minimizing impacts to air, land, water and wildlife when this infrastructure is constructed.