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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has created a new interactive tool that allows consumers to shop using side-by-side comparisons in an effort to help customers who want to pick electric and natural gas suppliers.

Todd Snitchler, PUCO chairman, says the new website will eliminate the confusion surrounding energy choice and equip consumers with the information needed to make the best decicion.

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The state of Ohio has been investigating its competitive energy market for a year now, and the state reports electric competition is growing, which means more options for consumers.

Energy choice itself doesn’t look like much: the lights go on, the lights go off, and you pay your monthly bill the same way. But in the past, a utility company—the name that’s on most people’s electric bills—also owned the actual power plant. Electric choice, which was passed in Ohio over ten years ago, is gradually moving the market away from that system.

 Voters passed electric aggregation in Xenia Tuesday by a margin of around 9 percent, and Dayton's ballot issue squeezed through with just a .51 percent margin in favor.

Montgomery County Board of Elections Director Jan Kelly says a final count will be complete Nov. 26, and official results including any recounts will be issued Dec. 6. Because the Dayton's aggregation proposal won by just 75 votes in the "official unofficial" tally (7,318 in favor and 7,243 against), it's still possible the final count could go the other way.

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City of Dayton residents will vote Tuesday on whether to allow electric aggregation. If passed, the ballot issue would allow the city to choose who supplies electricity to Dayton residents—a move the city says will save people money.