Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is an agency of State of Ohio that is charged with the regulation of utility service providers such as those of electricity, natural gas, and telecommunications as well as railroad safety and intrastate hazardous materials transport.
There are several ways by which the Commission attempts to do this:
- Enforcement of laws against service deemed unfair or unsafe
- Resolving disputes between utilities and residential, business, and industrial customers, as well as between competing utilities.
- Assuring availability of residential, business, and industrial utility services
- Providing consumers with relevant information about their rights and responsibilities
- Regulating rates for utility services in which there is little to no competition (i.e. electricity and natural gas services)
There are five commissioners (one of whom serves as chairman) as well as approximately 320 agency employees. Each commissioner is appointed by the residing governor to a five-year term. Current commissioners are:
- Todd Snitchler (chair), through April 2014
- Lynn Slaby, through April 2017
- Asim Z. Haque, through April 2016
- Steven D. Lesser, through April 2015
- Beth Trombold, through April 2018