How Apples to Apples Fails Consumers  Pt 1

Ohio energy consumers have a better choice than apples to apples for choosing their energy providers

PUCO’s Comparisons Are Rotten

The Apples to Apples site should help customers shop. But it fails. Here's why and where you can go to get the best Ohio energy plans.
Being totally neutral about providers is at the core of the Apples to Apples site. But that’s why it fails Ohio energy consumers. Learn where you can get the information you need to shop for the best energy plans in the state.

Are you trying to find a great deal on the Apples To Apples Comparison in Ohio? We’ll hazard a guess that it’s leaving a sour taste in your mouth. On the other hand, you might not know you have other options. Let’s take a look at the advantages of using Ohio Energy Ratings, versus what PUCO has given you. This is how Apples to Apples fails consumers.

What Is Ohio Apples To Apples?

The Energy Choice Ohio site is provided by PUCO to provide what they feel is an appropriate comparison for Ohio electricity shoppers. After deregulation in the late 1990’s, PUCO built a platform for shoppers to hunt for the best plans. But since then, its usefulness has withered away. Without an intuitive form, and plans just piled higgledy-piggledy in front of you, it’s overwhelming and can’t show you best service available. As a result, what could have been a quick search and switch has now turned into two hours of slogging through plans, checking provider websites, checking reviews, and hunting down deals available in your area. If only there was a better option…

Better Than Apples To Apples

Comparatively, Ohio Energy Ratings only shows you plans you want to see and tosses out what you don’t. By ranking and rating providers, you can see the experience you are going to get. Apples To Apples just shows you that tasty low rate. But they don’t show you the orchard-full of bad customer reviews, bad ratings, or hidden fees you could find yourself paying. They also don’t tell you what happens when your contract ends. Energy Choice Ohio leaves all of that work to you. In fact, you’d think that PUCO violations would be easy to find on the PUCO website. Well, they aren’t. That’s right, another thing that PUCO leaves you to do for yourself.

How Does Ohio Energy Ratings Rate Providers?

We pull together all the customer reviews, PUCO violations, BBB ratings, complaint statistics, and more to reveal the actual core of a company. Additionally, we look at rates, fees, and incentives, making sure you have all the information you need to make the decision that’s right for you. And it’s all right there for you to see. No searching, no hours of research, no pulling your hair out in frustration. And no expensive surprises.

Pick Your Plan With Confidence

Shop smarter with ratings that you are interested in, and get control of your electricity bill like never before. Have you ever wondered how your bill actually works? Ohio Energy Ratings has information about that. On the other hand, maybe you’re looking for tips and tricks to reduce your electricity bill in the summer. Ohio Energy Ratings has that too. So check out plans in your area, put us to the test, and give it a try. You might find a new plan that fits your home perfectly.

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2 thoughts on “How Apples to Apples Fails Consumers  Pt 1

  1. I still dont understand being charged
    1.transmission service fee-moving high voltage electric from a gen facility to a distribution station.
    2.distribution service fee – for use of local wires transformers,substations and other equip. used to deliver to your home.
    3.generation service fee – charges associated with the production of electricty.
    4.customer charge- the fixed monthly basic distribution charge to partially cover cost for billing you.
    5.usage fee- means the amount you will be charged based on how much electric you.based on (kwh). so per kilowatt-hour’
    Does this not seem like alot jargon of double dipping fees were being charged what does the company pay from company pocket to maintain there business that we purchase from them. it sounds like we pay for everything that they have no fees associated with running there business. its alot on ohioans and something needs give were being robbed.

    1. Hi Misty,

      You bring up a good point!

      The thing is, it only sounds like “double-dipping” as you put it if you assume that it’s still the same old monopoly utility company making your electricity.

      But that’s not how it works anymore. There is no single company at the edge of town making power for a few thousand inhabitants like in the 1940s. Instead, there’s many companies competing with each other to sell electricity to customers all over Ohio and the PJM grid.

      There’s multiple independent generator companies selling power to providers in Ohio that sell it to their customers – generators in West Virginia, eastern PA, and Ohio or as far away as wind farms in South Dakota and Iowa. Also, different companies own and maintain the bulk transmission lines in Ohio and throughout the PJM grid– and it takes extra electricity to move power through transmission lines (remember Ohm’s Law).

      Prices are determined and settled according to “Locational Margin Pricing” (LMP) on the PJM grid according to demand. The generators auction their generation supply on the PJM wholesale market to retail suppliers on the Day Ahead Market (DAM) and the “spot” market. Retail providers can also set up contracts with generators to supply X-amount of Megawatts per day/month.

      Your local Ohio utility can not generate its own power. They are distribution-only companies and must buy their default supply (for non-shopping customers) by holding periodic auctions. By law, the utilities also can not make a dime off that default supply. The price they pay represents what they actually pay for the power they sell.

      Sure, the charges sound totally scammy if there was only one monopoly utility company involved. But there’s actually a fairly elaborate market system involved because there’s SOOOO much electricity that’s needed by Ohioan and no single company can meet that need.

      Hope that helps explain things somewhat-ish. And thanks for your comment — I think we need an article that tears into how the Ohio electricity market place works.

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