Ohio Electric Marketers Begin Certification

After the approval of the fifth and final utility's electric choice plan early last month, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) vowed that the next crucial step would be marketer certification. That step was taken last week as FirstEnergy Services, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy, became one of the first to gain certification to offer customers electricity in Ohio (see Daily GPI, Oct. 2).

FirstEnergy Services is now registered to sell electricity within the traditional service areas of its parent company's utility companies, Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Co. and Toledo Edison, and in other areas of the state. First Energy's electric utility companies will continue to deliver electricity to over two million customers located in Northern and central Ohio, no matter what supplier customers choose.

FirstEnergy Services will be in place supplying electricity as of Jan. 1, 2001, but it will not be the company's first venture into the deregulated electricity market. The company already sells deregulated electricity in markets in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland, where it serves over 20,000 accounts.

"FirstEnergy Services looks forward to offering electric customers across Ohio competitive prices, just as it's doing with natural gas customers in northeastern Ohio," said Douglas S. Elliott, vice president of sales, marketing and energy services for FirstEnergy Corp. "FirstEnergy Services signed more than 90,000 residential and small business natural gas customers during its initial offer through Dominion East Ohio's Energy Choice Program. We signed another 20,000 natural gas customers during a subsequent offer, which due to high demand we've extended to another 20,000 customers."

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