Ohio PUCO accepts results of FirstEnergy auction

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Jan. 23, 2013) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved the results of FirstEnergy’s sixth wholesale auction that will ultimately determine its retail generation service rates through May 2016.

During the 17-round auction, held Jan. 22, 2013, four competitive suppliers submitted winning bids for the opportunity to provide electricity to FirstEnergy customers. The auction resulted in an average clearing price of $0.05917 per kilowatt hour for the delivery period June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2016. The results will be blended with previous auctions, and four upcoming auctions to establish retail generation rates from June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2016.

CRA International served as the independent auction manager, and Boston Pacific Company, a consultant retained by the PUCO, monitored the auction process. The names of the winning bidders will remain confidential for 21 days.

Customers continue to have the opportunity to consider competitive options to meet their electricity needs, including shopping for an alternate supplier or joining a local government aggregation group. More information about how to choose a supplier is available at www.PUCO.ohio.gov. The PUCO’s Apples to Apples rate charts provide customers with a snapshot comparison of current electric supplier price options and contract terms. The PUCO updates the charts on a regular basis and verifies each supplier offer to ensure accuracy.