The Cost Calculator
Mandate Cost Calculator
Sponsored by Ohioans for Sustainable Jobs**
A 2008 Ohio energy law established mandates that require the state’s major electric utilities to reduce customers’ electric use each year. By 2025, the mandated usage reduction is more than 22 percent. When the mandates were put in Ohio law, our economy was still booming, energy prices were high and forecasted to go higher, and it appeared that our energy options were limited.
Fast forward nearly five years. Ohio’s landscape has radically changed and the reasons for the government mandates no longer exist. Today, recovery from the recession is slow, electricity use has declined, prices for electricity have dropped significantly, and Ohio is growing jobs and improving its economy by developing a new, plentiful natural energy resource – shale gas.
Customers currently pay for these government mandates through tax-like charges that are embedded in electric bills (the tax is not applied to customers of municipal electric utilities or electric cooperatives). Worse yet, these charges are expected to increase by more than 400% in the next decade unless the law is changed or eliminated.
Some illustrations of the typical mandate costs for a variety of Ohio customers is available via the link below. The typical illustrations show the rates currently in effect and the proposed rates pending at the PUCO.
The mandate cost calculation tool below will help you reveal how much mandate tax is in your electric bill.
The Cost Calculator:
The mandate cost calculation tool provides information on the costs of Ohio’s mandate tax for the rate schedule under which most customers receive service. At this time, it does not provide cost estimates for all possible rate schedules.
Rates were last updated on 1/1/2015
How to use the calculator:
To use the mandate cost calculation tool, you will need to know your typical monthly energy consumption in kilowatt-hours, the name of the electric distribution utility that provides your service, and the rate schedule on which you receive service. You can locate this information on your monthly electricity bill.
If you are not certain who your electric distribution utility is, you can use a database maintained by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to enter your physical address and identify your electric distribution utility. The database can be accessed by clicking here.
Commercial and industrial customers of AEP Ohio (in either the Ohio Power Company rate zone or Columbus Southern Power rate zone) will need to know their service delivery voltage; that is, the voltage at the point of delivery for your distribution service.
Once you have accumulated the information to use the mandate cost calculation tool, enter your monthly energy usage in kilowatt-hours, select your electricity distribution utility from the drop down menu options and then select the rate schedule under which you receive service. Commercial and industrial customers of AEP Ohio then have to identify their service delivery voltage (listed as "Tariff" or "Rate Tariff" on your AEP Ohio bill). If you do not know your delivery service voltage:
- Customers in the Ohio Power rate zone can click here to look up that information based upon your rate schedule.
- Customers in the Columbus Southern Power rate zone can click here to look up that information based upon your rate schedule.
Once you have entered this information and provided your selections, hit the calculate button to see how much you pay each month due to Ohio’s mandates. Please note the Default Renewable/Advanced Resource Mandate Tax amount listed is shown for non-shopping customers on the standard service offer rate. Shopping customers pay their competitive retail electric service provider a price that includes each competitive suppliers' unique cost to comply with Ohio’s Renewable/Advanced Resource Mandate Tax.
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CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATOR:
** This list identifies businesses and organizations that have expressed support for sensibly reforming Ohio’s current electricity portfolio mandates and the tax it imposes on consumers. This list is not intended to indicate that each business or organization has become a member of the Ohioans for Sustainable Jobs, an
ad hoc association.