Compare the Best Electricity and Natural Gas Companies in Ohio

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Read on to learn more about deregulated Ohio electricity, natural gas, and the companies that work together to power your home.

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Who are the best Ohio electricity and natural gas providers?

These great electricity and natural gas companies won a Gold, Silver, or Bronze award in our semi-annual rankings of Ohio energy providers.

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What is a Ohio Electricity Company

There are actually three different kinds of electricity companies in Ohio that work together to get the electricity to your home. Generally, you'll be interacting with a "Competitive Retail Electric Service" (CRES for short), which provides retail electric plans to consumers and handles the billing and customer service aspects of your service. Behind the scenes, the generators and utilities will get the power routed to your home safely and reliably.

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Ohio Electricity Generators

Electricity Generators build and maintain the power plants that feed power into the Ohio electricity grid, which is then sold to Ohio electricity suppliers. Because Ohio is part of the PJM grid, electricity can come from as far away as New Jersey or Maryland. While Ohio makes most of its own electricity, it doesn't need to come from here.

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Your Local Utility

Your local electric utility maintains the meters, wires, poles, and underground cables that bring the electricity from the generators to your home. Similarly, natural gas utilities that must manage and maintain their pipes. Utilities are also responsible for reading your meter and providing that information to your Competitive Retail Electric Service (CRES).

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Competitive Retail Electric Service (CRES)

These are the electricity suppliers that purchase electricity on the wholesale market from the generators and sell that supply to you. They make sure you are properly billed for the amount of electricity you use. They provide customer service, billing, and payment functions to you, the consumer. They also create different brands, plans, and products to meet your unique lifestyle needs as a customer.

PJM and PUCO

The PJM Interconnection is the governmental entity responsible for managing the Ohio electricity grid. They forecast electricity needs across Ohio and coordinate with generators to make sure there is steady, sufficient power to keep everyone's lights on.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) regulates providers of all kinds of utility services in Ohio. PUCO enforces consumer protection laws and oversees also oversees the "Price to Compare" (PTC) rates offered by Ohio electricity and natural gas utilities.

What is a Ohio Natural Gas Company

These companies are primarily responsible for safely and reliably delivering electricity or natural gas to your home. Electric utilities must maintain their poles and wires while natural gas utilities look after their network of pipes and valves.

PUCO requires both Ohio electric and natural gas utilities to offer default supply service that you can select if you don't want to shop for retail supplier. Because the utility can't make a profit on it, this rate is the actual price the utility pays for the electricity or natural gas. This rate is usually known as the "Price to Compare" or PTC. It can also help you shop rates on different plans offered by Ohio energy suppliers.

what do ohio natural gas generators do

Ohio Electricity Generators

Electricity Generators build and maintain the power plants that feed power into the Ohio electricity grid, which is then sold to Ohio electricity suppliers. Because Ohio is part of the PJM grid, electricity can come from as far away as New Jersey or Maryland. While Ohio makes most of its own electricity, it doesn't need to come from here.

what is a Transmission & Distribution Service Providers

Your Local Utility

Your local electric utility maintains the meters, wires, poles, and underground cables that bring the electricity from the generators to your home. Similarly, natural gas utilities that must manage and maintain their pipes. Utilities are also responsible for reading your meter and providing that information to your Competitive Retail Electric Service (CRES).

Competitive Retail Electric Service (CRES)

These are the electricity suppliers that purchase electricity on the wholesale market from the generators and sell that supply to you. They make sure you are properly billed for the amount of electricity you use. They provide customer service, billing, and payment functions to you, the consumer. They also create different brands, plans, and products to meet your unique lifestyle needs as a customer.

PJM and PUCO

The PJM Interconnection is the governmental entity responsible for managing the Ohio electricity grid. They forecast electricity needs across Ohio and coordinate with generators to make sure there is steady, sufficient power to keep everyone's lights on.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) regulates providers of all kinds of utility services in Ohio. PUCO enforces consumer protection laws and oversees also oversees the "Price to Compare" (PTC) rates offered by Ohio electricity and natural gas utilities.

Ohio Electricity and Natural Gas Utilities

These companies are primarily responsible for safely and reliably delivering electricity or natural gas to your home. Electric utilities must maintain their poles and wires while natural gas utilities look after their network of pipes and valves.

Ohio Electric Company FAQs

Who are the best electricity providers?

The highest rated electricity companies are Constellation, Constellation, and American Power & Gas.

These are Ohio Energy Ratings' Gold Tier Providers. This distinction is only given to energy retailers who offer the best rates with superlative customer service with a wide range of electricity plans to chose from. Customers can rest assured when choosing these providers to be serviced by the most capabale and industrious retailers in the Ohio electric market!


Who are the lowest cost electricity providers?

The Ohio electric companies with the cheapest rates are Energy Harbor with 4 plans starting at 9.1¢/kWh, Santanna Energy Services with 1 plan starting at 9.4¢/kWh, Rushmore Energy with 1 plan starting at 9.5¢/kWh, and Frontier Utilities with 1 plan starting at 9.5¢/kWh.

Here is Ohio Energy Ratings'' full portfolio of over 90+ electric providers to choose from!

What are the cheapest electricity plans in Ohio?

The plans with the lowest rates this week are Safe Harbor 48 from Energy Harbor starting at 8.9¢/kWh, Safe Harbor 24 from Energy Harbor starting at 9¢/kWh, Safe Harbor 18 from Energy Harbor starting at 9.2¢/kWh, and Safe Harbor 36 from Energy Harbor starting at 9.4¢/kWh.

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Who are the best gas providers?

The highest rated gas companies are Constellation, Constellation, and American Power & Gas.

These are Ohio Energy Ratings' Gold Tier Providers. This distinction is only given to energy retailers who offer the best rates with superlative customer service with a wide range of gas plans to chose from. Customers can rest assured when choosing these providers to be serviced by the most capabale and industrious retailers in the Ohio gas market!


Who are the lowest cost gas providers?

The Ohio gas companies with the cheapest rates are Frontier Utilities with 2 plans starting at $0.759ccf, Symmetry Energy Solutions with 2 plans starting at $0.777ccf, Major Energy with 1 plan starting at $0.839ccf, and Santanna Energy Services with 1 plan starting at $0.839ccf.

Here is Ohio Energy Ratings'' full portfolio of over 90+ gas providers to choose from!

What are the cheapest gas plans in Ohio?

The plans with the lowest rates this week are OH Frontier Online Premier Gas-12 from Frontier Utilities starting at $0.749ccf, 24 Month Fixed Rate from Symmetry Energy Solutions starting at $0.755ccf, OH Frontier Online Premier Gas-6 from Frontier Utilities starting at $0.769ccf, and Monthly Plan from Provision Power & Gas starting at $0.775ccf.

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Other Providers

We have not vetted and do not sell plans for these companies. However, they may still serve customers in Ohio and are included for historical and educational purposes.

How to Compare Ohio Electricity and Natural Gas Suppliers

Each electricity provider in Ohio tries to offer something different and unique to their customers. They might have Rewards programs for loyal customers. They could offer special products for your home that improve your energy efficiency. Or they might just try to get you a low rate with no frills! (Hey, who doesn't like a good deal!). When you compare these plans and products, think about what kinds of things are important to you - then we can help you find the right company and product for your situation.

Common Ohio Electricity Plans and Prices

Most Ohio retail electricity companies offer the most popular kind of plan - a fixed rate 12 month plan. The 'fixed rate' means that the amount the electricity provider charges you for each kilowatt-hour you use will be quite stable from month to month. The '12 month plan' means that they guarantee you that rate for 12 months, and in exchange, you promise to buy electricity from them for the next 12 months.

There are other types of plans available as well, such as shorter 6-month fixed rate plans, month-to-month plans with variable rates, or even plans that can last for 2 years or more.

How Ohio Energy Ratings Rates Companies

We use our decades of combined experience in the Ohio electricity market to evaluate Ohio electric companies on a variety of factors. We review customer service, plan selection, deposit policies, customer service quality, customer reviews, and other indicators to determine how a given electric provider stacks up against the competition.

After we compile the data, we boil it down to a few key areas, and give each area a score between 1 and 5, with 5 being best. Then we collate the scores and award a Gold, Silver or Bronze ranking for those providers.