4901:1-17-01 Definitions.

For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:

(A) "Applicant" means any person who requests or makes application with a utility company for any of the following residential services: gas, natural gas, waterworks, or sewage disposal.

(B) "Class of service" means a description of utility service furnished to a customer used to denote its use either as residential or nonresidential.

(C) "Consumer" means any person who is an ultimate user of the gas, natural gas, waterworks, or sewage disposal utility services.

(D) "Customer" means any person who enters into an agreement, whether by contract or under a tariff, to purchase: gas, natural gas, waterworks, or sewage disposal utility service.

(E) "Fraudulent act" means an intentional misrepresentation or concealment by the customer or consumer of a material fact that the gas, natural gas, waterworks, or sewage disposal system utility company relies on to its detriment. "Fraudulent act" does not include tampering.

(F) "Past due" means any utility bill balance that is not paid by the bill due date.

(G) "Percentage of income payment plan" (PIPP) means the income-based payment plan for low-income, residential customers served by a regulated gas or natural gas utility company.

(H) "Regulated service" means a service offering regulated by the commission.

(I) "Tampering" means to interfere with, damage, or by-pass a utility meter, conduit, or attachment with the intent to impede the correct registration of a meter or the proper functions of a conduit or attachment so as to reduce the amount of utility service that is registered on the meter. Tampering includes the unauthorized reconnection of a gas, natural gas, or waterworks meter or a conduit or attachment that has been disconnected by the utility company.

(J) "Utility company" means all persons, firms, or corporations in the business of providing gas, natural gas, waterworks, or sewage disposal service to consumers as defined in division (A)(4) of section 4905.03 , division (G) of section 4929.01 , and divisions (A)(7) and (A)(13) of section 4905.03 of the Revised Code, respectively. Rules for the establishment of credit for an electric utility company are included in Chapter 4901:1-10 of the Administrative Code.

Effective: 02/03/2011
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/30/2013
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 4905.04 , 4905.28
Rule Amplifies: 4905.06 , 4905.22 , 4933.17
Prior Effective Dates: 5/16/71, 7/1/99, 9/1/04, 11/1/2010