AEP Ohio Provides Reliable, Sustainable Electricity to Ohio Customers

  • Written By: Kelly Bedrich

  • AEP Ohio is Ohio’s largest utility, serving approximately 1.5 million residential and commercial customers in the central, southeast, and northwest portions of Ohio. They are a subsidiary of AEP (American Electric Power, NYSE: AEP). Making them one of the nation’s largest electricity generation and transmission companies.

    Headquartered in Gahanna, Ohio, they serve approximately 5.4 million retail customers in 11 states. AEP operates approximately 224,000 miles of distribution lines, 40,000 miles of transmission lines and 32,000 megawatts of generating capacity nationally.

    Consumers in AEP Ohio can choose a Certified Retail Electric Supplier (CRES) for their electricity supply.

    Areas Served By AEP Ohio

    Currently, AEP Ohio operates in two rate zones in Ohio: Columbus Southern Power and Ohio Power. The Columbus Southern Power Zone serves the cities of Columbus and surrounding areas including Gahanna Dublin, and Athens. The Ohio Power Power Zone serves the cities of Portsmouth, Zanesville, Wooster, Canton. Findlay, Lima, and many rural areas in Ohio.

    How can you determine which AEP Ohio utility rate zone you are in? On your AEP Ohio bill, look under Current AEP Ohio Charges. If your Service Delivery Identifier begins with 0004, you are in the Columbus Southern Power zone. If your Service Delivery Identifier begins with 0014, you are in the Ohio Power zone.

    Best AEP Ohio Certified Retail Electric Supplier Rates

    Ohio Power (AEP Ohio)’s residential Price to Compare for the generation supply portion of your bill is $0.1132/kWh from 1/1/24 – 3/31/24. Compare that to the supplier rates below.
    Plan Name Term Rate/kWh
    Santanna Energy Services Preferred 12 Month 12 6.15 ¢
    Energy Harbor Safe Harbor 10 10 6.39 ¢
    Public Power 12 Month Fixed 12 6.49 ¢
    Public Power 15 Month Fixed 15 6.59 ¢
    Energy Harbor Safe Harbor 20 20 6.69 ¢
    Energy Harbor Safe Harbor 32 32 7.09 ¢
    XOOM Energy SureLock 12 12 7.39 ¢
    Direct Energy Live Brighter 9 9 7.39 ¢
    XOOM Energy SimpleClean 12 12 7.59 ¢
    XOOM Energy RescueLock 12 12 7.69 ¢

    AEP Ohio Price to Compare

    The AEP Ohio Price to Compare or Standard Service Offer is he rate you will pay for electric generation if you do not switch to an alternative supplier. Refer to your most recent AEP utility bill to confirm your price to compare when shopping for an electricity supplier.

    Current and Historic AEP Ohio Residential Price to Compare

    Effective DatePrice to Compare
    January 1, 2024 - March 31, 202411.32¢
    October 1, 2023 - December 31, 202310.91¢
    July 1, 2023 - September 30, 202311.20¢
    June 1, 2023 - June 30, 202311.84¢
    April 1, 2023 - May 31, 20237.49¢
    January 1, 2023 - March 31, 20236.74¢
    October 1, 2022 - December 31, 20227.32¢
    July 1, 2022 - September 30, 20227.23¢
    June 1, 2022 - June 30, 20226.93¢
    April 1, 2022 - May 31, 20225.16¢
    January 1, 2022 - March 31, 20225.30¢
    October 1, 2021 - December 31, 20215.14¢
    July 1, 2021 - September 30, 20215.29¢
    June 1, 2021 - June 30, 20215.36¢
    April 1, 2021 - May 31, 20215.03¢
    January 1, 2021 - March 31, 20214.88¢

    Historic Residential Price to Compare Rate Chart – AEP Ohio

    Remember, the price to compare changes up to four times a year. By locking in a fixed rate with an alternative supplier, you get price protection.

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    Switching to a CRES for Your Supply

    If you have AEP Ohio for your electricity supplier, you will be served on the Standard Service Offer rate. This rate can change monthly based on AEP Ohio’s power procurement.

    Or, you can switch to a Competitive Retail Electricity Supplier, or CRES. A CRES can offer you alternative plans that have secure fixed electricity rates for the duration of your contract term. Longer term contracts, such as 24 or 36 months, usually offer the best bet at electricity rate savings versus the utility.

    Want to learn more? Here’s our guide to How to Shop for an Electric Supplier in Ohio.

    Ready to get shopping? All you need is a copy of your bill (for your account number) and your zip code. Shop electric rates now!


    AEP Ohio’s history begins as early as 1906 with the operation of American Gas and Electric (AG&E) to serve the communities of Canton and Bridgeport, Ohio. The company changed its name to American Electric Power (AEP) in 1958 since it no longer provided gas services at that time.

    AEP acquired Columbus and Southern Ohio Electric Company in 1980 and moved its headquarters to Columbus, Ohio in conjunction with the acquisition. They operated Ohio Power and Columbus Southern independently until 2014 when Columbus Southern was rolled up into Ohio Power, leaving Ohio Power as the legal operating entity owned by AEP Ohio.

    About Kelly Bedrich

    Kelly Bedrich co-founded ElectricityPlans in 2016 with the goal of simplifying the complicated process of buying energy. As president and chief technology officer, Kelly keeps our development team focused on providing a user-friendly website. When not reading the latest on technology and finance, Kelly enjoys celebrating Taco Tuesday, listening to live music at local venues, and hiking.

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