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State Unveils Website to Help Utility Shoppers

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The idea of choosing an electricity provider can be confusing to some. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, the state has now launched a website that officials say could help consumers save money.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:22 pm

The changes made to Ohio’s utilities market are all about giving consumers a choice. But the details and offers can bog down customers who want to pick electric and natural gas suppliers.

That’s why the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has created a new interactive tool that allows consumers to shop using side-by-side comparisons.

PUCO Chairman Todd Snitchler says the new website is all about giving Ohioans the information they need to make their own choice.

“An educated consumer stands the greatest opportunity to control where they spend their dollars," Snitchler said. "That’s what all of us try to do. We choose our grocery story, we choose where we buy gas, we choose our mortgage provider. This is information that will allow consumers to make the decision, whether it’s natural gas or electric service, to do basically the same thing."

The PUCO says utilities are held responsible to honoring the offers found on the website adding that the companies must be diligent in updating their own information.

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