Ohio PUCO rep to meet with public to discuss issues related to utility bills

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A representative of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) will be in Greenfield Thursday evening, October 1, to discuss the services provided by the agency including answering questions related to utility bills and services.

Times Gazette
Contact: Ron Coffey

The program will begin at 7 p.m. in Greenfield council chambers, 300 Jefferson St.

PUCO representative Luka Papalko will discuss the ways PUCO works for the benefit of Ohio residents and answer questions from the public on such matters as electric and natural gas aggregation and other issues relating to utility bills and services.

“The public is invited to attend this meeting,” said Greenfield City Manager Ron Coffey. “We did this a year or two ago and had a nice turnout. Several questions were asked by residents, particularly on the aggregation issue, and those attending commented that it was very useful.”

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio affects every household in Ohio. That is because the PUCO regulates providers of all kinds of utility services, including electric and natural gas companies, local and long distance telephone companies, water and wastewater companies, and rail and trucking companies. The PUCO is charged with ensuring that Ohioans have access to adequate, safe, and reliable public utility services at a fair price, while also facilitating competitive utility choices within the state.

As a neutral arbiter between Ohio’s consumers and utilities, the PUCO works each and every day to find a working balance for the state’s utility structure by maintaining innovative, forward-focused regulation that helps to ensure that Ohio and its economy continue to succeed and grow.

The impact of the PUCO’s work can be seen throughout any Ohioan’s day. From the electricity used to make your morning cup of coffee to the natural gas being used to heat your home, it is the PUCO that carries the responsibility of ensuring that these utility services meet Ohio’s needs.

The PUCO staff consists of professional engineers, economists, attorneys, auditors, investigators, and highly knowledgeable industry experts who are dedicated to assisting the commission in meeting its goals and serving the public.

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