Large C&I Customer Opt Out
Under section 4928.6611 of the Ohio Revised Code, certain customers have the ability to develop and implement Energy Efficiency Programs specific to their business needs, rather than participating in and paying for Energy Efficiency and Peak Demand Reduction Programs offered by FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities.
Customers who choose to opt out will not be subject to the utility’s cost recovery rider (Rider DSE2 and DSE1), but also will not be able to participate in any of the Energy Efficiency and Peak Demand Reduction Programs offered by FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities.
Starting January 1, 2017, you may opt out of the utility’s energy efficiency provisions if you meet one of the following criteria:
1. Receive service above the primary voltage level (e.g., GSU and GT Rate Schedules)
2. Commercial or Industrial customer with more than 45,000,000 kWh usage through a meter or through more than one meter at a single location for the preceding calendar year with a written request for registration as a self-assessing purchaser pursuant to section 5727.81 of the Revised Code
Starting January 1, 2020, you may also opt out of the utility’s energy efficiency provisions if you are a Mercantile customer, which is defined in section 4928.01 of the Ohio Revised Code as either:
3. A commercial or Industrial customer that consumes more than 700,000 kWh per year for nonresidential usage; or
4. A commercial or industrial customer that is part of a national account involving multiple facilities in one or more states
Please Note: If you elect to opt out, the opt out will extend to all of your accounts, regardless of the size or service voltage level associated with the activities performed on or next to your premises. Customers are responsible for identifying any adjacent accounts that meet this criteria.
Please note that if you opt out of the Companies’ Energy Efficiency and Peak Demand Reduction Programs, you will be obligated to comply with certain notice requirements to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Full requirements can be found in Sections 4928.6611-4928.6615 of the Ohio Revised Code.
If you you meet the above criteria and would like to opt out, please contact your FirstEnergy Ohio Account Representative for an opt-out form or email the opt-out team at EEOptOut@FirstEnergyCorp.com.