The Ohio Public Utilities Commission has rejected a request by Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co. to expand its competitive discount pilot program into the western portion of the city. The program currently targets commercial customers in the eastern side of the city.
While finding that competition does exist "to some degree" on the west side of Cleveland, it does not encompass the entire area targeted by the utility's proposal, the commission said. Since competition is limited in the new area and is dependent on customer location, the commission concluded that allowing special discount contracts there should be determined on a case-by-case basis. Re Cleveland Elec. Illum. Co., Case No. 95-159-EL-AEC, March 27, 1997 (Ohio P.U.C.).
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