Hearings Expected on Utility Regulation ‘Modernization’

Earlier this year, House Bill 246 was introduced as a placeholder; that is, without any substantive language — only an intent to modernize the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and the Office of Consumers’ Counsel.

This week, State Rep. Jamie Callender (R-Concord Township) said in an interview with Gongwer News Service that he anticipates hearings this fall, but that specifics are still up in the air. The OMA agrees there is a need to update utility laws to better protect customers from being overcharged. Recently approved state legislation has instead protected utilities at customer expense. 10/9/2019