Martin Kobus of Lewis Center, Ohio, testified before the state’s House Public Utilities Committee that he was “stunned to discover that he was paying inflated prices for utility services at his apartment, and stunned again when he learned this was legal in Ohio,” The Columbus Dispatch reports. The committee heard testimony from several people about submeter companies who act as intermediaries between utility companies and consumers, “sometimes charging a markup on the cost of electricity or water.” That markup sometimes means customers pay more than they would have paid to the regulated utilities; in many states, this is illegal. Four bills that would limit submetering pricing are currently under consideration in the Ohio legislature, but lawmakers have only a few weeks to act before the end of the session. Mike DeAscentis Jr., the CEO of Nationwide Energy, submitted printed testimony in favor of the bill sponsored by Rep. Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville), which would establish a rate ceiling but allow “submeter companies to maintain key aspects of their business model.” DeAscentis described how his company helps developers by installing and managing utility systems, and then recovers its costs over a period of years through monthly utility charges. Rep. Mike Duffey co-sponsored one of the other bills (for more on this, see our November 18, 2014 blog post) and said “he is optimistic that lawmakers will be able to agree on an approach.” For more, read the full article.