See the Choices

Your options for buying natural gas are below - in fact, you may already be participating in one of the following rate plans. Before proceeding, be sure to learn about your current choice so you can determine what is best for you.

  • See Residential Choices
  • See Non-Residential Choices

There are three (3) options for residential customers:

Rate Options Rate Type Eligibility Early Termination Fee? How Do I Enroll?
1. Aggregation Fixed and/or Variable Select Geographic Areas Possible** Contact Participating Supplier
2. Energy Choice Agreement Fixed and/or Variable All Customers* Possible** Contact Supplier of your Choice
3. Standard Choice Offer Variable
Residential Customers*** No Assigned by Dominion Energy Ohio to small nonresidential customers if Supplier Agreement or Aggregation program expires and new supplier is not chosen. Small and medium nonresidential customers may elect this rate by contacting Dominion Energy Ohio

* Eligibility Requirements include no past due amounts (outside of payment plan).
** Early termination fees vary by supplier and by agreement. Contact the supplier listed on your bill for details.
*** Must have usage less than 3000 MCF/year.

There are four (4) options for non-residential customers: 

 
Rate Options
Rate Type Eligibility Early Termination Fee? How Do I Enroll?
1. Aggregation Fixed and/or Variable Select Geographic Areas Possible** Contact Participating Supplier
2. Energy Choice Agreement Fixed and/or Variable All Customers* Possible** Contact Supplier of your Choice
3. Monthly Retail Rate Variable (Determined by the median MRR price) Non-residential Customers*** No Assigned by Dominion Energy Ohio if Supplier Agreement or Aggregation program expires and new supplier is not chosen
4.  Standard Choice Offer Variable Small and medium non-residential customers No Assigned by Dominion Energy Ohio to small nonresidential customers if Supplier Agreement or Aggregation program expires and new supplier is not chosen. Small and medium nonresidential customers may elect this rate by contacting Dominion Energy Ohio

* Eligibility Requirements include no past due amounts (outside of payment plan).
** Early termination fees vary by supplier and by agreement. Contact the supplier listed on your bill for details.
***Must have annual usage of more than 200 Mcf but less than or equal to 500 Mcf, or have annual usage greater than 500 Mcf and who do not select another commodity service.

  • Aggregation

    Another option to consider when shopping for natural gas is joining an aggregation buying group if one is available in your area. A large buying group may be able to get a better price for the group members than you might get on your own, and it may include other benefits such as energy use analysis and management. Typically, when local governments organize aggregation programs they will appear as a ballot issue and, if passed, generally are initiated on an opt-out basis, which means residents are automatically enrolled unless they choose not to participate by replying to the opt-out notice. Opt-in aggregation programs enable customers to join on an individual basis at the customer’s specific request.

    Things to consider when shopping for an Aggregation program:

    • Are there any aggregation programs available in my area?
    • What are the goals of the aggregation buying group?
    • How many members are in the aggregation buying group?
    • What gas rate has the buying group secured?

    To see if an aggregation program is available in your area, please visit the PUCO's natural gas aggregation map.

  • Energy Choice Agreement

    An Energy Choice Agreement, or contract, is an arrangement for setting the cost of natural gas between a supplier and a customer. These agreements can have a fixed rate, a variable rate, or a combination of both. A fixed rate remains the same each month for the duration of the contact, while variable rates can change depending on the nature of the agreement. Some agreements can even have a combination: a fixed price for a period of time and then variable afterwards, for example.

    Things to consider when shopping for an Energy Choice Agreement:

    • Do I currently have an existing Energy Choice Agreement?
    • What is the contract term?
    • Is the rate fixed, variable, or both?
    • Are there any early termination penalties?

    To compare Energy Choice offers, please visit the PUCO's Apples to Apples Chart.

  • Standard Choice Offer

    The Standard Choice Offer (SCO) is the default rate for certain customers who are eligible for Energy Choice, but have not chosen a supplier or joined a municipal aggregation program, pay for their natural gas consumption. The SCO rate is a variable rate determined monthly by the market price for gas (i.e. the NYMEX futures month-end settlement price) plus a retail price adjustment determined in an annual auction process. This option is available to residential customers and to nonresidential customer with annual usage of 200 Mcf or less. It may also be elected by medium nonresidential customers with annual usage of more than 200 Mcf and up to 500 Mcf by contacting Dominion Energy Ohio.

    Things to consider with Standard Choice Offer:

    • Do I want a monthly variable rate based on the market price of natural gas plus a retail price adjustment that is determined annually?

    To see the Current Standard Choice Offer Price, please visit the PUCO's Apples-to-Apples Chart.

    To see a monthly summary of historical gas costs since 2002, please view Dominion Energy’s Historical Gas Cost Rates.

    To see historical gas costs in chart form since 2013, please view the PUCO’s document: Historical Natural Gas Rates.

  • Monthly Retail Rate (MRR) - Non-residential Only

    The MRR replaced the Monthly Variable Rate (MVR) program in July 2020. Customers on the MRR are charged the lower of the monthly variable rate submitted by their assigned MRR supplier or a “median MRR price” if the participating supplier’s submitted rate is higher. The median MRR price is determined each month based on the median of each MRR supplier’s lowest monthly variable rate offer posted on the PUCO’s Energy Choice Ohio website. All MRR suppliers must charge a variable rate at or below the median MRR determined for each month. More information regarding the MRR may be found in Dominion Energy Ohio’s tariffs.

    Things to consider with the Monthly Retail Rate:

    • Do I want my rate to be determined for me on a monthly basis?
    • How is the supplier’s variable rate determined each month?

    Take a look at our approved suppliers list.