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Glossary

Under Ohio law, persons, local governments, or organizations may band together into an aggregation, or buying group, to negotiate favorable rates for purchasing natural gas. Some potential advantages of aggregation may be the option of locking in a rate for a longer period of time, lower prices, or other benefits for group members.

This charge recovers fixed cost operating expenses associated with delivering natural gas. It also includes a component that allows the utility to recover a return, or profit, on its investment in assets used to deliver natural gas for its shareholders, as approved by the PUCO.
The price for the natural gas itself or simply, gas cost.
The details of an Energy Choice agreement between a customer and supplier that specifies length or duration of the contract (i.e. monthly, yearly, multiple-year), any associated fees, and other important information.
As shown on the PUCO's Apples to Apples chart, a current offer comprises the suppliers’ current commodity price, exclusive of sales tax, the local utility transportation (usage-based) charge, and customer service charges. Commodity options may be a fixed, variable, or stable rate plan.
Any person or entity that is an end user of natural gas and is connected to any part of the delivery system within a natural gas utility service territory within this state.
Removal or relaxation of regulations or controls governing business or service operations like utilities. Deregulation allows customers to purchase gas from retail suppliers other than the regulated public utility that delivers the gas.
A program that allows Dominion Energy Ohio customers to choose the company that supplies their natural gas. Under Energy Choice, Dominion Energy Ohio continues to deliver the gas to customers, issue bills, and respond to natural gas emergencies.
An independent federal agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil and electricity.
A per-unit price for the natural gas commodity that remains constant for the contracted term. Although the per-unit price is fixed, the total charge will vary depending on the amount of gas consumed.
As a public utility, Dominion Energy Ohio pays a tax based on its gross receipts for the privilege of doing business in the State of Ohio. This tax is passed through to customers as a charge calculated as 4.6044% of total Dominion Energy Ohio charges billed. Gross receipts tax is not charged on the natural gas commodity purchased from retail suppliers through the Energy Choice program or on warranty products. Federal government accounts are not subject to the gross receipts tax.
HEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Development Service Administration. It is designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating. HEAP makes a one-time payment for most PUCO-regulated utility customers reflecting their usage for the current winter heating season.
A Dominion Energy Ohio customer who uses 3,000 MCF or more of natural gas per year.
The local natural gas distribution utility, regulated by the PUCO, that delivers natural gas to your home or business.
An abbreviation for one thousand cubic feet, a unit used to measure natural gas usage. This is the unit of measure used by Dominion Energy Ohio.
Cost of default natural gas for residential customers whose Energy Choice or opt-in governmental aggregation contract has expired, as well as for large volume and nonresidential customers. Under this rate, Dominion Energy Ohio assigns a participating supplier to provide gas supply at that supplier's prevailing rate.
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.
The New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) is a public market on which commodities, including natural gas, are bought and sold. Buyers purchase futures contracts on the NYMEX for natural gas that will be delivered at a later date. The month-end settlement price for the coming month's futures contract is the basis for the SSO and SCO rates.
The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel represents the interests of Ohio's residential utility customers, including in proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Ohio Consumers Counsel represents the interests of Ohio's residential utility customers in proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) is a low-income payment assistance plan sponsored by Dominion Energy Ohio in accordance with PUCO rules. This program is administered by the Ohio Development Services Administration.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) affects nearly every household in Ohio. The PUCO regulates providers of all kinds of utility services, including electric and natural gas companies.
A natural gas service provided to any location where the use is primarily of a domestic nature.
When natural gas is purchased from a competitive retail natural gas supplier, the natural gas is subject to Ohio sales or use tax. Because sales tax rates vary by county throughout Ohio, sales tax is not included in the supplier's total rate on the PUCO's Apples to Apples chart.
Standard Choice Offer. A commodity service for which the regulated monthly rate comprises the NYMEX settlement price plus a Retail Price Adjustment adder that is determined through an annual auction process to secure gas supplies. The SCO is available to residential customers who are eligible to participate in Energy Choice but have not chosen a retail natural gas supplier. The SCO rate changes monthly due to fluctuations in the price of natural gas on the NYMEX.
A commercial customer, but not mercantile customer (as defined under division (L) of section 4929.01 of the Revised Code). This is a customer that consumes less than 500 MCF of natural gas per year for other than residential use.
Standard Service Offer. Dominion Energy Ohio’s Standard Service Offer commodity service is provided to Energy Choice-ineligible customers and certain transitional customers. The SSO natural gas rate, like the SCO, is based on the NYMEX settlement price plus the Retail Price Adjustment determined in the annual auction and changes monthly due to fluctuations in the price of natural gas on the NYMEX.
The company you choose to provide the supply portion of your natural gas service. You buy your gas from this company and Dominion Energy Ohio delivers it to your home or business.
Includes the natural gas commodity price plus the usage-based charges.
The usage-based portion of your bill covers the operating costs associated with natural gas distribution. This portion is billed separately from the gas cost commodity portion of your bill for Choice-eligible customers. It includes a base rate, excise tax, Percentage of Income Payment Plan rider, uncollectible expense rider, competitive retail natural gas service surcredit rider, and a migration rider. This rate changes at least quarterly as the various components are revised with approval by the PUCO.
The portion of your bill that shows a 13-month comparison of natural gas usage.
A natural gas commodity price per unit MCF that fluctuates within the contracted term.