4901:1-18-16 Graduate percentage of income payment plan program.

(A) Percentage of income payment plan (PIPP) customers that remain within the gas or natural gas utility company's service territory shall automatically be enrolled in the graduate PIPP program when one of the following occurs:

(1) The customer elects to terminate participation in the PIPP program.

(2) The customer is no longer eligible to participate in PIPP as a result of an increase in the household income or a change in the household size.

(B) PIPP customers removed from the program due to fraudulent enrollment in the PIPP program are not eligible to participate in graduate PIPP.

(C) Any graduate PIPP customer who tampers with the gas or natural gas utility company's meter, metering equipment or other property, or is the beneficiary of such act, shall comply with the requirements of paragraphs (E)(3)(a) to (E)(3)(d) of rule 4901:1-18-03 of the Administrative Code. Any former PIPP customer determined by the Ohio department of development or the gas or natural gas utility company to have been fraudulently enrolled in the PIPP program shall be required to pay the gas or natural gas utility company the difference between any PIPP income-based payments made and the actual bill amount and to pay any arrearage credits accrued for timely payments during the period the customer was fraudulently enrolled in PIPP and the graduate PIPP program. The gas or natural gas utility company shall credit such amounts received to the company's PIPP rider. For a period of twenty-four months, the gas or natural gas utility company shall treat such customer as subject to rules 4901:1-18-01 to 4901:1-18-11 of the Administrative Code, should the customer return to the gas or natural gas utility company.

(D) To be enrolled in graduate PIPP, a former PIPP customer must be current with his/her income-based payments on the gas or natural gas utility company account or cure any missed PIPP payments within one billing cycle of the customer's enrollment in graduate PIPP.

(E) Upon enrollment in graduate PIPP, the gas or natural gas utility company shall provide the graduate PIPP customer with a copy of the graduate PIPP participation requirements including, at a minimum, the customer's monthly payment plan over the next twelve months, service address, mailing address, the account arrearage at graduate PIPP initiation, applicable fees, if any, arrearage credit, and the customer's responsibilities.

(F) Graduate PIPP customers shall be provided the incentive of a reduction in their outstanding arrearages in return for continuing to make timely payments of the amount due, as set forth in rule 4901:1-18-14 of the Administrative Code.

(G) The graduate PIPP customer shall be billed the average of his/her income-based PIPP payment and the customer's budget bill amount, calculated using the utility company's normal methodology, ([PIPP payment + budget bill amount] / 2) for the twelve billing cycles following enrollment in the program. The income-based payment shall be based on the income and household size immediately prior to the PIPP customer becoming ineligible for PIPP or electing to terminate participation in PIPP. After twelve billing cycles, the graduate PIPP customer is no longer eligible for arrearage credits. Any remaining arrearage on the customer's account may become due and the customer may be placed on one of the extended payment plans in rule 4901:1-18-05 of the Administrative Code. If the arrearage remains on the customer's account and the customer fails to make extended payment arrangements, the gas or natural gas utility company may initiate disconnection procedures for failure to pay the remaining arrearage.

(H) No gas or natural gas utility company shall require a deposit on graduate PIPP customer accounts while the customer is enrolled in graduate PIPP. The gas or natural gas utility company may assess the customer a deposit, pursuant to rule 4901:1-17-04 of the Administrative Code, if the customer elects to terminate participation in graduate PIPP or the customer's participation in PIPP is terminated.

(I) No gas or natural gas utility company shall apply late fees to a graduate PIPP customer's account.

Effective: 11/01/2010
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/30/2013
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 4905.04 , 4905.06
Rule Amplifies: 4905.06 , 4905.22 , 4933.12 , 4933.122