Public Utilities Commission to hold meeting in Batavia

By Kristin Bednarski
Sun staff

Officials with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will be coming to Batavia Township Feb. 20 to present information about electric utility choices to members of the community.

Lauren Smalley, public information officer for PUCO, said the informational session will be open to anyone in Clermont County, and she encouraged people to come learn more about the choices they have when it comes to their electricity services.

“I am going to talk about what deregulation is, and then talk about what that means for customers,” Smalley said.

Smalley said deregulation introduced competition into the energy market more than 10 years ago for both gas and electric services.

“It can be a confusing topic, even though it has been around,” Smalley said.

Smalley said she will help clear up any confusions about what deregulation means in Ohio, and also present consumers with information about how to shop for gas or electric services.

“The biggest thing is letting them know they do have the option,” Smalley said. “And giving them the tools if they want to go down that path.”

Smalley said it is important for her, and other officials with PUCO, to inform consumers about what they are able to do when it comes to shopping for utility services.

“There is also the benefit that there could be potential savings out there,” Smalley said.

Smalley said they will also be presenting community members with additional resources that will help them shop.

She encouraged individuals to bring one of their electric bills with them to the meeting.

The meeting will be held at the Batavia Township Community Center at 7 p.m. Feb. 20.

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