(A) Notice of intent
The applicant shall notify the commission staff by letter addressed to the directors of the utilities department and the service monitoring and enforcement department of its intent to file an application at least thirty calendar days prior to the expected date of filing.
(B) Form of an application
(1) All testimony supporting the application shall be filed with the application.
(2) An applicant shall provide a copy of its plan to the office of the consumers' counsel and each party of record in its previous alternative rate plan or rate case proceeding. Such copies may be provided either in hard copy or by electronic service. The applicant shall keep at least one copy of its plan at the applicant's principal business office and on its web page or public inspection.
(3) The applicant shall provide or cause to be provided a copy of the application to any person upon request.
(4) An alternative rate plan application shall be designated by the commission's docketing division using the acronym ALT.
(C) Exhibits to an alternative rate plan application. To determine just and reasonable rates pursuant to section 4929.05 of the Revised Code, for alternative rate plan applications that are for an increase in rates, applicants shall submit the exhibits described in divisions (A) to (D) of section 4909.18 of the Revised Code, and standard filing requirements pursuant to rule 4901-7-01 of the Administrative Code (SFRs) when filing an alternative rate case unless otherwise waived by paragraph (D) of rule 4901:1-19-02 of the Administrative Code. An alternative rate plan application that proposes infrastructure investment shall be considered to be for an increase in rates if the proposed rates, joint rates, tolls, classifications, charges, or rentals are not based upon the billing determinants and cost allocation methodology utilized by the public utilities commission in the applicant's most recent rate case proceeding.
The applicant may use up to nine months of forecasted data for its unadjusted test year operating income statement. However, the forecasted data shall use the corporate budget which has been approved by the highest level of officers of the applicant and is utilized to manage and operate the applicant on a day-to-day basis. Adjustments the applicant believes are necessary to make the corporate budget more appropriate for ratemaking purposes are to be presented on schedule C-3 of its filing requirements. Failure to use the corporate budget as the basis of the forecasted portion of the test year may result in the commission finding that the application is deficient. The applicant may request to file a two month update to provide actual financial data and significant changes in budgeted data (to be fully documented). Such a request shall be filed no later than the filing of the application.
(1) For alternative rate plan applications that are for an increase in rates, as well as alternative rate plan applications that are not for an increase in rates, the applicant shall provide the following information. This additional information shall be considered to be part of the standard filing requirements for a natural gas company filing an alternative rate plan that is for an increase in rates. The applicant shall have the burden of proof to document, justify, and support its plan.
(2) The applicant shall provide a detailed alternative rate plan, which states the facts and grounds upon which the application is based, and which sets forth the plan's elements, transition plans, and other matters as required by these rules. This exhibit shall also state and support the rationale for the initial proposed tariff changes for all impacted natural gas services.
(3) If the applicant has been authorized to exempt any services, the applicant shall provide a listing of the services which have been exempted, the case number authorizing such exemption, a copy of the approved separation plan(s), and a copy of the approved code(s) of conduct.
(4) The applicant shall provide a detailed discussion of how potential issues concerning cross-subsidization of services have been addressed in the plan.
(5) The applicant shall provide a detailed discussion of how the applicant is in compliance with section 4905.35 of the Revised Code, and is in substantial compliance with the policies of the state of Ohio specified in section 4929.02 of the Revised Code. In addition, the applicant shall also provide a detailed discussion of how it expects to continue to be in substantial compliance with the policies of the state specified in section 4929.02 of the Revised Code, after implementation of the alternative rate plan. Finally, the applicant shall demonstrate that the alternative rate plan is just and reasonable.
(6) The applicant shall submit a list of witnesses sponsoring each of the exhibits in its application.