Ohio Public Utilities Commission
|Ohio Public Utilities Commission|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$74,014,053|
|Length of term:||5 years|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by Governor|
|Other Ohio Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
Title 49, Chapter 4901.02:
|(A) There is hereby created the public utilities commission of Ohio, by which name the commission may sue and be sued. The commission shall consist of five public utilities commissioners...|
No person shall be elected or appointed to any office in this state unless possessed of the qualifications of an elector.
- resident of Ohio
- a qualified elector
- at least 18 years old
The commissioners are appointed by the governor to staggered five-year terms. One seat on the commission becomes available each year, and terms normally begin in April.
In the event of a vacancy in the office, the governor will appoint a successor to fill the unexpired term of the departing commissioner.
The public utilities commission regulates electric and natural gas companies, local and long distance telephone companies, water and wastewater companies, and rail and trucking companies across the state. The commission works to ensure Ohioians have access to adequate, safe, and reliable public utilities at a fair price. The commission also:
- protects consumers by enforcing relevant rules and laws
- resolves disputes between utilities and customers and between competing utility companies
- assures the availability of safe and reliable service to all customers
- provides comparison information to consumers, answers questions, and offers help with utility-related problems
- regulates the rates for utility services when there is no choice in provider
- Attorney General
- Business Resources
- Energy and Environment
- Public Affairs
- Service Monitoring and Enforcement
The budget for the Public Utilities Commission in Fiscal Year 2013 was $74,014,053.
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Ohio Public Utilities Commission
180 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
- Ohio Public Utilities Commission "About the Commission" Accessed July 2, 2013
- Ohio Revised Statutes, "Title 49, Chapter 4901, Section 02," accessed August 2, 2013
- Ohio.gov, "Public utilities commission: About the commission," Accessed August 1, 2011
- Ohio Office of Budget and Management, "FY 2012-2013 - Enacted," accessed April 12, 2013
- The Council of State Governments,"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved April 23, 2011