Report: Ohio residential electricity users paying more for less

By: Tom Knox |

Power bills for Ohio homeowners last year increased 6.6 percent from 2010, with residential customers paying more even as they used less power.

Monthly residential electric bills for Ohioans averaged $112.25 last year, up from $105.33 in 2010, according to new federal data. The average monthly bill nationally was $114.03 in 2015.

Residences in Ohio consumed an average of 877 kilowatt-hours of electricity a month in 2015, down from 931 kilowatt-hours a month five years prior, the report said.

Ohio lawmakers in 2008 adopted standards requiring utilities in the state to lessen power consumption through energy efficiency measures. But those standards, along with requirements that utilities use a certain amount of electricity from renewable sources, were frozen in 2014 and face an end-of-year deadline for action, otherwise they resume.

The price of power in the state has gone up nominally since 2010, to 12.8 cents a kilowatt-hour from 11.32 cents, according to the report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The picture of rate changes for residential consumers is markedly different than for Ohio industrial companies, however – the average industrial electric bill jumped nearly 13 percent, to $15,441 per month from $13,683 for that period, the report stated.

How residential power prices and consumption in Ohio stacked up since 2010, according to the Energy Information Administration:

  • In 2015, 4,892,916 residential power bills averaged $112.25 a month, consuming an average 877 kilowatt hours of electricity, averaging 12.8 cents a kilowatt hour.
  • In 2014, 4,882,159 residential power bills averaged $112.62 per month, consuming an average 901 kilowatt hours of electricity, averaging 12.5 cents a kilowatt hour.
  • In 2013, 4,875,346 residential power bills averaged $107.07 a month, consuming 892 kilowatts of power, averaging 12.01 cents a kilowatt hour.
  • In 2012, 4,869,305 residential power bills averaged $105.23 a month, consuming 895 kilowatts of electricity, averaging 11.76 cents a kilowatt hour.
  • In 2011, 4,874,482 residential power bills averaged $104.86 per month, consuming 918 kilowatts of electricity, averaging 11.42 cents a kilowatt hour.
  • In 2010, 4,877,229 residential power bills averaged $105.33 per month, consuming 931 kilowatts of electricity, averaging 11.32 cents a kilowatt hour.
Report: Ohio residential electricity users paying more for less