Below is the job description of the PUCO Commissioners and their
contact info. As you will note, they claim to insure public safety. Please observe however, that none of the commissioners have any training/expertise in the mechanics of any of the utilities they are attempting to regulate. Did Governor Kasich appoint three lawyers to help protect the state from Smart Meter lawsuits?

These unelected commissioners have been duped into approving smart meters for distribution. However, since they represent a private corporation listed on Dun and Bradstreet, they do not work for the people of Ohio anyway. AEP cannot use PUCO (or the FCC, which is also listed on Dun and Bradstreet) to certify that smart meters are safe and will not harm the public. It would be like Archer Daniels Midland certifying that Monsanto's GMOs are safe. "We the People" cannot hire or fire any of the employees of AEP, PUCO or the FCC . . . because they don't work for us. [See: Our Government is a Corporation]


The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

180 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
(800) 686-PUCO (7826)
(614) 466-3292 (in Columbus area)
(800) 686-1570 (TTY-TDD)
FAX: (614) 752-8351

Commissioners (list updated on 6-30-13):
Todd A. Snitchler, Chairman
Political appointee of Gov Kasich

Asim Z. Haque, Commissioner
Political appointee of Gov Kasich

Steven D. Lesser, Commissioner
Political appointee of Gov Strickland

Lynn Slaby, Commissioner
Political appointee of Gov Kasich

Commissioner M. Beth Trombold, Commissioner
Expertise: business and 'public policy'
Political appointee of Gov Kasich

About the Commission

(Taken verbatim from PUCO's website on July 1, 2013)

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) affects every household in Ohio. That's because the PUCO regulates providers of all kinds of utility services, including electric and natural gas companies, local and long distance telephone companies, water and wastewater companies, and rail and trucking companies. The PUCO was created to assure Ohioans adequate, safe, and reliable public utility services at a fair price. More recently, the PUCO gained responsibility for facilitating competitive utility choices for Ohio consumers.

5 Ways The PUCO Works for You

1. Protects you by monitoring and enforcing PUCO rules and state laws against unfair, inadequate and unsafe public utility and transportation services.

2. Resolves your disputes either informally between you and the company or through our formal complaint process where only the PUCO can order relief and corrective action. The PUCO resolves disputes between utilities and residential, business, and industrial customers, as well as between competing utilities.

3. Assures availability of adequate, safe and reliable services to all residential, business, and industrial consumers.

4. Provides you with information about your rights and responsibilities as a utility customer and publishes the Apples to Apples cost comparisons for energy services where you have a choice. You can turn to the PUCO for answers to your questions and help with your utility and transportation problems.

5. Regulates your rates for utility services where you do not have choices. Even with competition growing in the gas and electric industries, for example, the PUCO still sets the rates for delivery of those services since that part is still controlled by one company.