Ohio Utility Says Corporate Separation Rules Should Be Modified To Allow Utility To Offer "Innovative Products And Services"
Says Utilities A "Trusted" Party To Customers
Cites Behind The Meter Services, Community Solar, EV Charging As "Fertile Ground" For Utilities
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In comments on a rulemaking regarding Ohio corporate separation rules, Dayton Power and Light ('DP&L') said that, "the rules should make clear that the electric
distribution utilities ('EDUs') also have a place in providing a regulated option from which
customers may choose innovative products and services."
"It is nearly universally accepted that customers’ expectations of energy and electric
services are changing rapidly. Accordingly, regulations must be forward-thinking to allow for
adaptation to and enhancement of customers’ electricity experience. Customers should be able
to choose from a myriad of innovative products to be offered by the entity of their choosing.
EDUs remain a trusted and important party in that process and should be expressly permitted to
provide a regulated option for customers to choose if they so desire, especially when approached
by the customer. For instance, behind the meter services, community solar, and electric vehicle
changing infrastructure are just a few of the areas that provide fertile ground for EDUs to respond to customer demands, enhance the customer electricity experience, and encourage
innovation to meet customers’ rapidly evolving needs," DP&L said
and should play an important role in helping unlock the competitive electric markets by offering
regulated non-competitive options for customers. Moreover, EDUs should be afforded the
opportunity to respond to customer requests for products and services," DP&L said
DP&L proposed that the rule be amended to state that, "Notwithstanding the above, to the extent an electric distribution utility makes a filing
before the public utilities commission and receives approval to offer a regulated
behind the meter service, or other similar customer service, it will be deemed a
noncompetitive retail electric service under section 4928.01(B) of the Revised Code,
eliminating the need to file a corporate separation plan."