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Choice for Business Customers

Making the Switch

Learn how to switch to a new provider or how to switch back to AEP Ohio.

  1. Select an electric generation provider.
  2. Contact the provider. If you are switching back to AEP Ohio after having been with different provider, call us at 1-800-672-2231.
  3. Be ready to provide your Service Delivery Identifier (SDI) Number found on your bill.

    1. The SDI is not your account number. It is a unique 17-digit number found on the charges section of your bill.
    2. If you have multiple accounts, you must provide an SDI for each account you are switching.
    3. The provider must notify AEP of the switch 12 days prior to the scheduled meter read date.
    4. The date AEP Ohio receives the request from the provider will impact the effective date of the switch.
  4. Look for a letter from AEP to confirm your intention to switch.

    1. If you wish to proceed with the switch, no action is needed.
    2. If you change your mind and wish to stay with your current provider, notify AEP Ohio within 7 days from the postmark date. You will stay with your existing provider -- a CRES provider or AEP Ohio.
  5. When you change to a CRES provider, note that your bill will still come from AEP Ohio because AEP still supplies the transmission and distribution services. Look for a line item on your bill that indicates the new provider of your electric generation.
  6. If you decide to switch back to AEP Ohio

    1. Call 1-800-672-2231
    2. Notify AEP Ohio 12 days before the next scheduled meter read date.
    3. Look for a letter from AEP Ohio and follow Step 3.
  • You may switch providers no more than once in a billing month.
  • AEP Ohio will charge a switch fee, if applicable, to the provider you choose.

Frequently Asked Questions

A CRES is a Competitive Retail Electric Service Provider.

Put simply, there are three major components in supplying electricity:

  • Generation (the actual electricity supply)
  • Transmission (large transmission lines and towers that carry electricity over longer distances)
  • Distribution (local electric poles and wires)

In Ohio, customers are free to choose who supplies, in some instances, the Generation and Transmission portion of their electricity service. They can purchase these services from a Competitive Retail Electric Service (CRES) provider.

Initial switches are free. We will charge a switch fee for subsequent switches, if applicable, to the provider you choose. Please visit Rules About Switching for details.

After you agree to switch electric providers, we will send a letter to you in the mail informing you that we’ve been notified of this switch. If you wish to object to the switch, instructions are given on how to.

No. Your SDI number is unique, and is 17 digits long. It can be found on the bill in the charges section. Depending on your specific account, you may have more than one SDI (for example, you have metered service and non-metered lights at your premise).

Yes. You will continue to receive charges for distribution (the local poles and wires that distribute electricity to your house). Your CRES provider may opt to place their charges on our bill as well, or send you a separate statement.

In compliance with Ohio Administrative Code 4901:1-10-29 (E), we supply eligible-customer lists available to CRES providers that contain customer name, service and mailing address, rate schedule, load profile, meter type, meter read date and historical consumption data for each of the most recent twelve months.

To opt-off this pre-enrollment (eligible-customer) list, visit Opt Off/Opt Onto Shared Customer List.

No, you do not have to change your meter.

You should continue to call us during an outage.

You must contact your respective CRES provider, who will “drop” you back to AEP Ohio.

AEP Ohio will continue reading your electric meter.

Once payments are received, and depending on what type of billing you have-AEP Ohio pays the CRES provider their portion.

Your price-to-compare is your total generation charges divided by total kWh usage.

To maintain accurate billing for both AEP Ohio and the CRES, switching only occurs on the meter read date.

State law prevents regulated utilities, such as AEP Ohio, from providing any information about competitive retail electric suppliers. You can find the latest offers and certified suppliers on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s website. The PUCO has information about how to shop for an electricity supplier as well.

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