The primary electric provider within Richland County is Ohio Edison Company, who has been in business since 1930, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy, located in Akron, Ohio. Ohio consumers now can choose the company that supplies their electricity, just as they can shop for competing products and services. The Ohio Electric Choice program provides information to help customers decide. The electric distribution utility (EDU) — either The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, Ohio Edison Company, or The Toledo Edison Company — continues to deliver electricity to homes as always. However, customers now have the option to keep their EDU as electric generation supplier or choose a different company. To make it easier to weigh competing offers and determine potential savings, electric bills include a Price to Compare feature.
In September 2011, “Site Selection” magazine named FirstEnergy Corp., parent of Ohio Edison, one of the top utilities in the country for promoting economic development. Overall, the company helped attract more than $3.7 billion in capital investment to its Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey service areas that resulted in more than 6,500 new jobs. This marks the eighth time in the past 10 years FirstEnergy has won the Site Selection award.
Below are the average rates charged to Ohio Edison customers in our area. Due to a change in Ohio law, you may now purchase the generated power from a number of suppliers. FirstEnergy is the prime vendor at this time. Multi-year contracts are available affording substantial savings on bulk purchase. Rates are related to your yearly consumption and are negotiated with the supplier. Contact FirstEnergy or the RCDG office. We can lead you through the process. Additional programs are available through FirstEnergy which can increase your savings based on your energy conservation initiatives.
Average First Energy costs as of 12/31/2010:
Average residential cost per kWh 10.97 cents
Average commercial cost per kWh 10.13 cents
Average industrial cost per kWh 6.58 cents
In the northwest portion of the county, the City of Shelby owns their own Municipal Light plant and can supply specific rates upon request. See: http://www.shelbyohio.org/light.html
Their published INDUSTRIAL RATE (as of January 2012 billing) is 7.7604 cents per kWh
In the southern portion of Richland County, electricity is provided by AEP (American Electric Power) http://www.aep.com/, based in Columbus, Ohio.