It’s good to have choices
Energy Choice allows you to compare our natural gas prices with other retail natural gas suppliers. If you decide to buy your natural gas from a competitive supplier, Dominion Energy Ohio will still deliver the gas to you, issue bills, and respond to natural gas emergencies.
Make your selection
Already understand how Energy Choice works and your current Energy Choice Option?
When you have identified your current rate plan, investigated any potential fees for changing, and have made an informed decision on the option that is best for you, you will need to Choose and communicate that choice. If you are satisfied with your current option, no further action is necessary.
Learn About Your Gas Bill
Understanding your natural gas bill and current Energy Choice selection is the first step in making an informed decision. The first thing you will need is to review a copy of your bill. You can pull an electronic copy from Manage Your Account or review your paper bill.
Compare Current Offers
Comparing supplier options is easy once you understand what all the options are. Current offers are available for review on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio's (PUCO's) website under Compare Natural Gas Offers.
-- Select a customer type (Residential or Commercial) and class, if applicable (ECTS/GSS).
-- Select Dominion Energy Ohio as your Distribution Company.
-- Compare the "$/MCF" column between the supplier rates listed and your current bill.
Investigate Aggregation Programs
Aggregation is when a group of customers joins together to form a single, larger customer that buys energy for its members. The aggregated group may be able to secure a better price than the individual members could on their own.
View the Historical Gas Cost Rates
DEO's gas cost rates are approved monthly by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). To help make an informed decision, take a look at the summary of historical gas costs.
View the Monthly Variable Rates
Review a listing of the current Monthly Variable Rates (MVR) from certified Dominion Energy suppliers. If you are currently on a MVR rate, you can verify your current rate and other approved suppliers' monthly variable rates.
Choose Your Energy Supplier
Once you have compared available Energy Choice supplier offers, checked your eligibility for an Aggregation program, and weighed the SCO (residential only) and MVR options, your research is done.
If you are satisfied with your current rate option, no further action is needed.
However, if you are interested in making a change you will need to communicate your choice to either
1. Dominion Energy Ohio (to select the SCO rate) or
2. the supplier (to enroll in an Energy Choice Agreement for the selected rate offer).
The MVR rate is a default option for customers whose Energy Choice Agreement or opt-in aggregation program expires (or for large volumes and nonresidential customers, when an opt-out aggregation program expires) and a new supplier has not been chosen.
Contact a Supplier
If you are interested in a new Energy Choice Agreement or Aggregation program you will need to contact the supplier or aggregator to enroll. Be sure you understand the details of the agreement before enrolling. If you are on the MVR service and are satisfied with your price, no further action is necessary.
Many communities in Northeast Ohio have formed an aggregation called the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC). NOPEC is the largest such aggregation in the United States. To enroll with NOPEC, call (855) 667-3201.
To see if an aggregation program is available in your area, please visit the PUCO’s natural gas aggregation map.
Contact Dominion Energy Ohio
If you are an eligible residential customer that wishes to enroll in the Standard Choice Offer (SCO), contact Dominion Energy Ohio at (800) 362-7557.
Supplier Question Checklist
- Are you a PUCO-certified supplier?
- What is the price per thousand cubic feet (MCF)?
- Is the price fixed or does it change?
- If it changes, how does it change?
- Does the price depend on how much gas I use?
- What is the term of the contract?
- Will there be a switching fee?
- Is there a fee if I cancel the contract early?
- Is there a customer incentive for signing up?
- Are there any special add-on services?
- How long will the rate remain in effect?
- What happens when my contract expires?
- Will my contract automatically renew and, if so, will I receive notification?
- If the price changes with renewal, will I receive notification?
- Will I receive one or two bills a month?
- Who provides the billing?
- Is there a budget plan?
- Are current budget plan customers eligible?
- Are there any built-in price increases or decreases?