Chapter 4901:1-31 Opening Areas to Competition

4901:1-31-01 Opening areas to competitive retail natural gas service.

(A) A governmental aggregator or retail natural gas supplier seeking an order from the public utilities commission of Ohio ordering a natural gas company, with more than fifteen thousand customers in this state, to provide fully open, equal and nondiscriminatory distribution service to nonmercantile customers must file a petition with the public utilities commission of Ohio to open markets which shall:

(1) Be in the format prescribed on the staff-approved form, which shall be available at the public utilities commission of Ohio's docketing division and electronically on the public utilities commission of Ohio's web site www.puco.ohio.gov.

(2) Include, if applicable, a copy of the ordinance or resolution authorizing the creation of the governmental aggregation.

(3) Include a statement of all facts that justify the granting of the petition.

(B) The legislative authority of a municipal corporation described in division (K)(2) of section 4929.01 of the Revised Code, upon the effective date of an ordinance adopted under Section 5 of Article XVIII of the Ohio Constitution, seeking an order from the public utilities commission of Ohio ordering a natural gas company, with fifteen thousand or more customers in this state, to provide distribution service on a fully open, equal and nondiscriminatory basis to mercantile and nonmercantile customers must file a petition to open markets, which shall:

(1) Be in the format prescribed on the public utilities commission of Ohio's staff-approved form, which shall be available at the public utilities commission of Ohio's docketing division and electronically on the public utilities commission of Ohio's web site

www.puco.ohio.gov)(http://www.puco.ohio.gov [File Link Not Available]).

(2) Include a statement of all facts that justify the granting of the petition.

(C) Fifteen copies of a petition to open markets shall be filed at the public utilities commission of Ohio. All petitions to open markets shall be filed in docket number XX-XXX-GA-POM. A copy of the petition shall be served upon the natural gas company by the governmental aggregator or retail natural gas supplier.

Effective: 12/01/2014
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 07/29/2014 and 12/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 4929.10 , 4929.29
Rule Amplifies: 4929.26 , 4929.27 , 4929.29
Prior Effective Dates: 7/4/02, 4/13/07