Under the rules in this chapter:
(A) Any retail natural gas supplier or governmental aggregator that intends to offer or provide a competitive retail natural gas service in this state shall obtain a certificate to operate from the commission before commencing operations.
(B) The commission may, upon an application or a motion filed by a party, waive any requirement of this chapter, other than a requirement mandated by statute, for good cause shown.
(C) This chapter does not apply to a billing and collection agent if it is a fully independent agent, not affiliated with or otherwise controlled by a retail natural gas supplier or governmental aggregator subject to certification under section 4929.20 of the Revised Code, to the extent that the agent is under contract with such supplier or aggregator solely to provide billing and collection for competitive retail natural gas service on behalf of the supplier or aggregator. Nothing in this rule exempts such supplier or aggregator from liability for the acts of its billing and collection agents.