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Grendell Introduces Legislation Allowing for Electrical Meter Extension on Residential Property

July 27, 2021
Diane V. Grendell News

State Rep. Diane Grendell (R-Chesterland) has filed legislation that allows for an additional electrical meter on a residential property. The bill will allow these additional structures to be charged the same rate as their primary residence. Grendell is the primary sponsor of the bill.

“This piece of legislation is inspired by one of my constituents in the 76th House District,” said Grendell. “The story that she shared highlighted an ongoing problem that requires legislative action.”

Grendell notes the constituent that brought the idea forward has a property with a barn that is metered separately from her residence and is being charged the commercial rate by her electrical service provider. She does not use the barn in any commercial sense and is simply charged the expensive commercial rate because it is a separate meter. Additionally, the representative points out PUCO has received several calls from individuals throughout the state on this matter.

“In order to supply power through an additional meter to a shed, barn, or other freestanding structure, Ohioans are having to pay an expensive commercial rate regardless of its use – this is unfair to our people,” Grendell added.

The extension permitted under this legislation would be granted to one non-commercial structure and PUCO would then be given jurisdiction to create rulings regarding verification and necessary inspections.

The bill is pending committee assignment within the Ohio House.