The Ohio Energy Group (OEG) was formed in 2003 by large energy-intensive industries with one or more plants in Ohio and currently consists of twenty four companies. Some of these companies are even competitors and rivals of one another in the world of business, but they are bound together in the OEG by common energy goals, the foremost of which is the aim of insuring that gas and electricity in Ohio are available, reliable and at the lowest reasonable price to all consumers. OEG members collectively employ approximately 54,000 people and spend nearly $1 billion per year on gas and electricity to produce their products. Counsel for OEG is the law firm of Boehm, Kurtz & Lowry.
The purposes of OEG is as follows:
1. To intervene in Ohio regulatory proceedings to advance the interests of members of the OEG as they relate to the purchase of electricity and natural gas in Ohio.
2. To negotiate with gas and electric providers on behalf of members on issues in dispute before the Ohio Public Utility Commission (“PUCO”).
3. To monitor Ohio legislative proposals and report to the membership on the potential effect of such legislation on the cost and reliability of energy service to members.
4. To assist members in lobbying legislators on an “ad hoc” basis, as requested by the members.
5. To educate members on issues that are under consideration by the membership through regular memos, conference calls and membership meetings, and as requested, through special purpose meetings.
6. To offer services for utility-specific “opt-in” interventions, “opt-ins” on federal issues and “opt-ins” on natural gas cases.