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Ohio Edison History

Ohio Edison can trace its roots back to some 200 northeastern and central Ohio town-lighting and street car companies in the 1880s. One company in particular started out in Springfield, OH, when a group of Chicago investors bought the local electric power plant in 1908 and set up the Springfield Lighting, Heating and Power Company. Later that year, the company merged with its two main competitors, People's Light, Heat, and Power and the Home Electric Company and reorganized as the Springfield Light, Heat and Power Company. The company's success soon attracted the powerful Commonwealth Power Corporation, which snapped it up in 1914. Some years later, Commonwealth Power formed the first Ohio Edison Company and folded it with Springfield Light, Heat, and Power to create the Ohio Edison Company of Springfield.

Commonwealth Power spent the 1920s merging and consolidating. By May, 1929, it merged with Southeastern Power & Light and Penn-Ohio Edison Company to form the Commonwealth & Southern Corporation. This became the nation's largest utility holding company, controlling a host of interurban railways and 17 of the nation's major public utilities. In Ohio, the company controlled five of state's large public utility companies, including the Ohio Edison Company of Springfield. With so many former competitors now under one roof, service territories overlapped. So, in June, 1930, these five utilities merged into the Ohio Edison Company.

Because only a handful of holding companies controlled almost all public utilities, the U.S. enacted the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 to break up huge public utility holding companies, like Commonwealth & Southern. As a result, Ohio Edison set off on its own as an investor-owned utility in 1949. By the early 1990s, it had grown to more than 1 million customers.

In 1997, Ohio Edison merged with Centerior Energy Corporation, the parent of the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison Company. The $1.6 billion deal created new company named FirstEnergy. Headquartered in Akron, OH, the FirstEnergy family of companies generate, supply, and deliver energy to customers in customers in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio.

Today, Ohio Edison gives back to its community through a number of programs sponsored by FirstEnergy. These include energy conservation efforts like the Community Connections Program, supporting education with school supply donations and hiring new graduates, and assisting local food banks via the United Way. In 2019, FirstEnergy was recognized for the 21st consecutive year as a Tree Line USA utility by the National Arbor Day Foundation, for demonstrating excellence in tree care, training, and public education.

Ohio Edison Service Territory

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Ohio Edison services 300,000 customers living in the following counties in northwestern Ohio:

Ashland Ashtabula Carroll Champaign Clark Columbiana Crawford
Cuyahoga Delaware Erie Fayette Franklin Geauga Greene
Holmes Huron Knox Lorain Madison Mahoning Marion
Medina Miami Morrow Ottawa Portage Richland Sandusky
Seneca Stark Summit Trumbull Tuscarawas Union Wayne

Ohio Edison serves these cities:

Akron Ashland Elyria Mansfield Youngstown

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You'll then get to see the listing of all the energy suppliers' plans available in your area, along with rates, term lengths, and links to more detail information.

Some Ohio utilities service territories overlap in some counties. If the tool reports that it has found more than one serving your zip code, don't worry! Just choose your local utility from those listed.

How to Start New Ohio Edison Service

Starting electricity service is fast and easy. Just visit the FirstEnergy web site and simply fill in the online Start Service form.

Start requests take at least 2 days to process. If your service is delayed longer than 2 days, the utility is required to to provide reasons in writing.

Customers should call the company's Contact Center if they need their service turned on sooner.

Be ready to supply:

  • Service Address: The address where you want your service turned on or switched.
  • The start date for electricity service.
  • Personal Information: You will need your name, phone number, email address, and your Social Security Number. These will be required.
  • Unfrozen Credit: If you have frozen your credit with any of the major credit agencies, you will need to have it temporarily unfrozen. The utility will do a soft credit check to determine if a deposit is required.

Will I Need to Pay a Deposit?

Ohio utilities check your credit worthiness before setting up an account and to determine whether you will need to pay a deposit. To qualify, you'll need to provide the utility one of the following:

  • Have a prior account within the last two years with no more than two late payments or with no previous service disconnected within the last twelve months.
  • Be a credit-worthy property owner. It helps to know your credit score ahead of time.
  • Have a guarantor who is a customer with the utility company and can pay your bills within 60 days if you fail to do so
  • Ohio utility deposits can be no more the customer's estimated average 30-day bill plus 30%.

    Understand Ohio Edison Distribution and Supply Charges

    Your electric bill is composed of the electricity Distribution charges and the Supply charges.

    Distribution Charges consists of a flat customer charge per account and a distribution charge in cents per kWh for delivering electricity across the utility's local grid to a customer's home. All utility customers pay the same rate no matter who supplies their electricity. PUCO regulates distribution charges and these rates usually last several years before being reviewed by PUCO. Different Ohio utilities have different rates but basically they consist of a customer charge and a usage-rate charge.

    Electricity Supply Charges are the cost (in cents per kWh) for the electricity supplied in kWh by your utility or a retail supplier. Energy Choice charges from "alternative" or retail suppliers are listed on your bill under "Charges from Electric Generation Supplier".

    What is the Ohio Edison Price to Compare?

    Ohio Edison's Price to Compare (PTC) is a PUCO-approved default rate for the electricity generation supply that you can select if you don't want to shop for retail supplier. The rate is a pass-through and represents the actual price the utility pays for the electricity.

    Because rates are determined during periodic auctions, the PTC only lasts for a few months. That means it can vary seasonally; low some months, higher the next.

    Ohio Edison Current PTC Rate

    Residential: 9.820 cents per kWh

    Expiration date: 7/31/2024

    Which Costs More? Ohio Edison PTC vs Energy Choice

    PUCO estimates that the average Ohio monthly usage rate is 750 kWh. Therefore, an average PTC bill roughly breaks down like this:

    Rate per 750 kWh Used Monthly Customer Charge Total
    PTC Supply Rate 9.820 cents 0 $73.65
    Monthly Distribution Charges $0.031898 $4.00 $27.92
    Total Bill $101.57

    NOTE: Some Ohio municipal utilities purchase power for their local residents. Usually residents need to pay an opt-out fee if they don't want their electricity service to be aggregated. Check with your local government to learn how you might be effected.

    Understand Ohio Energy Choice

    Ohio's electricity customers are free to choose to a state certified retail electricity supplier. There are many different providers in the Ohio Edison service area, offering a huge variety of plans at competitive rates.

    Ohio retail electricity supplier rates are not controlled by PUCO. Rather retail suppliers compete with each on the wholesale electricity markets to offer the lowest prices to customers. That way, residents can compare and shop to find the best deal that best suits for their needs. Sure, it all can be confusing. But fortunately, customers can use their utility's PTC to compare offers by certified retail electricity suppliers. This makes it easier for you to judge which are the cheapest rates.

    Shopping for the right electricity plan with the right rate is generally a straightforward process. But not everyone has the same needs. That's why retail electricity suppliers in Ohio offer two types of plans:

  • Fixed Electricity Rates are just plans where the price rate for the electricity doesn't change over the term of the contract. Different retail suppliers offer term plans from 6 to 36 months, meaning customers can count on stability and predictable monthly bills for months or years, depending on their preferences. However, early cancellation fees for breaking a contract could apply.

  • Variable Rates Don't want to commit to an electricity plan for months or years? You can choose a variable plan. Variable plan rates on these contracts can change from month to month depending on the price of electricity. So your rate could go up one month or down the next. However, these plans don't have any termination fees and this allows customers the flexibility to shop for new rates and switch to better deals without paying any penalty.
  • Understand Your Ohio Edison Electric Usage

    Your Ohio Edison usage affects your energy bills.

    While your electricity usage habits are unique to you, any Ohio native will tell you, winters can be bitterly cold and summers can be hot and muggy.

    Average Annual Usage Breakdown

  • Nearly one-fourth (24.3%) of Ohio homes use electricity for space heating.
  • 60% of homes in the East North Central region of the U.S. have air conditioning. In Ohio, residents use an average of 6% to 12% of their total annual energy costs for air conditioning.
  • The remainder of energy use goes to refrigeration, lighting, electronics, clothes dryers, and small appliances.

  • Ohio Edison customers can request up to 24 months of their electric usage plus other relevant information free of charge.

    The best way to cut your electricity bill is to reduce your usage:

  • Seal your doors and windows against winter and summer drafts. Not only does it keep out the cold or hot air but it also reduces the amount of mold, pollen, and other allergens getting into your home.
  • Add insulation to your attic, basement, and duct work.
  • Install a programmable or smart thermostat. Programming it to set-back the temperature when you're away or inactive can improve your home's energy efficiency and help cut your electric bills.

  • Understanding Your Ohio Edison Bill

    Your Ohio Edison bill comes packed full of useful information to help you better understand your usage and rate. But all these different line items that can be confusing to customers. Here is where we break down the most important items. Below is a sample Ohio Edison Electricity bill.

    Understand Your Monthly Ohio Edison Electric Bill

    • A, B, & C: Bill Overview. It includes your address and personal account number, the billing period, the amount due, and the date that the bill is due.

    • D & E: Messages and current PTC rate. Here you find important notifications from the company as well as current Price to Compare rate.

    • F: Account Summary shows the amounts of any unpaid balances, current distribution charges, current supply charges, the total bill and the due date.

    • G: Meter Summary: This shows the usage information measured by the electric meter at your address.

    • H: Charges listed the utility here include the type of rate you are being charged, the monthly customer charge, the distribution charges, and the total.

    • I: Charges from Electric Generation Supplier show the name and address of your electricity supplier, their base rate charged, and the total supplier charges due.

    • J: Account Balances by Company lays out the amounts that have been paid or are owed to your utility and your supplier.

    • K: Shows your usage history per bill over the course of the past year to help you compare your energy use over time and understand trends.

    • L: Payment Stub. Just detach and return with your payment. It also includes your account number, amount paid, amount due, and the due date.

    Ohio Edison Coupons, Energy Promotions, Discounts, Rebates and Promo Codes

    As your local utility, Ohio Edison offers few options and discounts available to help its customers save some money. Some programs offer money-saving incentives while others could make paying your monthly bills easier and may even help you qualify for a discounted electricity rate.

    Program Name Program Type Benefit
    Nissan Leaf Incentives Electric Vehicle Rebates and Incentives Rebate of $6,000 off the price of new Nissan Leaf electric vehicle.
    Home Energy Analyzer Residential Learn more about your household energy use and identify ways to improve efficiency and reduce your bills.
    Community Connections Program Residential An in-home energy use evaluation to help you reduce your electric bill and keep your home more comfortable in both winter and summer.
    Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus) Bill payment assistance Helps eligible Ohioans manage their energy bills year- round. Payments are based on a percentage of household income and are consistent year-round.
    Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Bill payment assistance Federal grant to help pay your winter heating bills.
    Ohio Fuel Fund Grant Program Bill payment assistance Provides families up to $300 during financial emergencies.
    Military Deferred Payment Program Bill payment assistance Active military families may elect to defer paying either all or a part of their monthly electric bill.
    Equal Payment Plan Residential You are billed one-twelfth of your annual estimated usage each month. This averages out a year's worth of electricity use and helps you pay a consistent amount each month.
    Extended Due Date Residential Senior Citizen If you are over age 60 and receiving social security, you may also qualify for an extended due date to help you avoid falling behind on payments.

    Note: In compliance with the Order from the Public Utility Commission of Ohio, FirstEnergy's Ohio Utilities ended all energy efficiency programs on September 30, 2020.

    Ohio Edison Reviews

    Because Ohio Edison serves a large-segment market, knowing how well it ranks among other similar-sized utilities can tell you a lot about how well it serves its customers. While Ohio Edison is not accredited with the BBB, it was well-rated in J.D. Power's 2021 utility residential customer satisfaction study. The utility also rated well in Escalent's 2021 Utility Trusted Brand & Customer Engagement™: Residential study.

    OH Energy Ratings Score Better Business Bureau J.D. Power 2021 Electricity Utility Study Escalent 2021 Utility Study
    N/A Not Accredited 745
    of 1000 pts
    of 1000 pts

    How do I get the Cheapest Ohio Edison Rate?

    Shopping for a new Ohio Edison Energy Choice Plan can feel confusing when you first start. But for the most part it's a straightforward process. To begin, there are 3 things you should have with you when you shop for electricity:

    1. Your current bill. Your past usage per billing period can help you estimate a how much a plan might cost you each month.
    2. The current Ohio Edison PTC rate and expiration date. You can use the Ohio Edison PTC to quickly compare retail supplier offers to shop for a better electricity rate. You can choose the PTC rate but remember that changes seasonally.
    3. Your utility account number. This is found on your current utility bill. You'll need to know this number when you choose a plan and sign up for it.

    Before you start shopping, there's some final last details you also need to understand ahead of time:

    Who bills me? Ohio Edison sends a single bill that outlines and add up your monthly charges.

    What are the Terms of Service? The Terms of Service explain and identify specific charges and any fees a customer will face when they sign up for an electricity plan. Many suppliers offer different rates for plans with different term lengths. All Ohio electricity customers should read and understand the terms of service and contract summary for any plan they are interested in before they sign on to the plan.

    What are early termination fees? Switching retail suppliers before a contract ends can involve paying early termination fees. These can bite you if you want to switch retail providers before your electricity plan contract ends.

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    Electricity Out? Wires Down? Here's who you contact

    Having some kind of problem with your Ohio Edison Electricity? Here's the proper people to call:

  • Unpaid Bill? - You want to contact Ohio Edison. If you have trouble paying your monthly bill call Ohio Edison's Customer Service: 1-800-633-4766
  • In the Dark? - You have 3 convenient ways to report outages or downed powerlines in your area:
    1. Call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877)
    2. Text OUT to 544487 (LIGHTS)
    3. Report an outage on-line

    All power transmission lines are extremely dangerous! Never attempt to move a downed power line by yourself. Call 911 and then notifiy Ohio Edison!

    Why is there still no power?

    You can track outage repairs throughout the Ohio Edision service area on this map.

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