4901:1-18-02 General provisions.

(A) The rules in this chapter apply to all electric, gas, and natural gas utility companies that provide service to residential customers, including residential consumers in master-metered premises, and residential consumers whose utility services are included in rental payments.

(B) Nothing contained in this chapter shall in any way preclude the commission from any of the following:

(1) Altering, or amending, in whole or in part, the rules and regulations in this chapter.

(2) Prescribing different standards for the disconnection and reconnection of electric, gas, or natural gas service as deemed necessary by the commission.

(3) Waiving any requirement, standard, or rule set forth in this chapter for good cause shown, as supported by a motion and supporting the memorandum. The application for a waiver shall include the specific rule(s) requested to be waived. If the request is to waive only a part or parts of a rule, then the application should identify the appropriate paragraphs to be waived. The waiver request shall provide sufficient explanation, by rule, to allow the commission to thoroughly evaluate the waiver request.

(C) Except as set forth in this rule, the rules of this chapter supersede any inconsistent provisions, terms, and conditions of electric, gas, and natural gas companies' tariffs. Electric, gas, and natural gas companies may adopt or maintain tariffs providing greater protection for customers or consumers.

(D) The rules in this chapter allow the use of electronic transactions and notices, if the customer and the utility company are both in agreement of such use and such use is consistent with commission requirements or guidelines. The utility company shall advise the customer that if he/she chooses this option, the disconnection notice will only be provided electronically.

Replaces: 4901:1-18-08

Effective: 11/01/2010
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/30/2013
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 4905.04
Rule Amplifies: 4905.06 , 4905.22 , 4905.30 , 4933.17 , 4933.12 , 4933.121 , 4933.122
Prior Effective Dates: 3/22/80, 9/1/04