(A) Each electric utility shall design and propose a comprehensive energy efficiency and peak-demand reduction program portfolio, including a range of programs that encourage innovation and market access for cost-effective energy efficiency and peak-demand reduction for all customer classes, which will achieve the statutory benchmarks for peak-demand reduction, and meet or exceed the statutory benchmarks for energy efficiency. An electric utility's first program portfolio plan filed pursuant to this rule, shall be filed with supporting testimony prior to January 1, 2010. Each electric utility shall file an updated program portfolio plan by April 15, 2013, and by the fifteenth of April every third year thereafter, unless otherwise directed by the commission.
(B) Each electric utility shall demonstrate that its program portfolio plan is cost-effective on a portfolio basis. In general, each program proposed within a program portfolio plan must also be cost-effective, although each measure within a program need not be cost-effective. However, an electric utility may include a program within its program portfolio plan that is not cost-effective when that program provides substantial nonenergy benefits.
(C) Content of filing. An electric utility's program portfolio plan shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
(2) A description of stakeholder participation in program planning efforts and program portfolio development.
(3) A description of attempts to align and coordinate programs with other public utilities' programs.
(4) A description of existing programs. The electric utility shall provide a summary of existing programs with a recommendation for whether the program should continue and, if so, a description of its relationship to any proposed programs. If a program has previously been approved and is unchanged, the electric utility may reference the program description currently in effect. If the electric utility is proposing to modify an existing program, the electric utility shall provide a description of the proposed modification and the basis for proposed changes.
(5) A description of proposed programs. An electric utility shall describe each program proposed to be included within its program portfolio plan with at least the following information:
(a) A narrative describing why the program is recommended pursuant to the program design criteria in this chapter.
(b) Program objectives, including projections and basis for calculating energy savings and/or peak-demand reduction resulting from the program.
(c) The targeted customer sector.
(d) The proposed duration of the program.
(e) An estimate of the level of program participation.
(f) Program participation requirements, if any.
(g) A description of the marketing approach to be employed, including rebates or incentives offered through each program, and how it is expected to influence consumer choice or behavior.
(h) A description of the program implementation approach to be employed.
(i) A program budget with projected expenditures, identifying program costs to be borne by the electric utility and collected from its customers, with customer class allocation, if appropriate.
(j) Participant costs, if any.
(k) Proposed market transformation activities, if any, which have been identified and proposed to be included in the program portfolio plan.
(l) A description of the plan for preparing reports that document the electric utility's evaluation, measurement, and verification of the energy savings and/or peak-demand reduction resulting from each program and the process evaluations conducted by the electric utility. The independent program evaluator will prepare an independent evaluation, measurement, and verification plan at the direction of the commission staff to monitor, verify, evaluate and report on the energy savings and peak-demand reductions resulting from utility programs and mercantile customer activities. The independent program evaluator's plan may rely on data collected and reported by the electric utility.
(D) Unless otherwise ordered by the commission, any person may file objections within sixty days after the filing of an electric utility's program portfolio plan. Any person filing objections shall specify the basis for all objections, including any proposed additional or alternative programs, or modifications to the electric utility's proposed program portfolio plan.
(E) The commission shall set the matter for hearing and shall cause notice of the hearing to be published one time in a newspaper of general circulation in each county in the electric utility's certified territory. At such hearing, the electric utility shall have the burden to prove that the proposed program portfolio plan is consistent with the policy of the state of Ohio as set forth in section 4928.02 of the Revised Code, and meets the requirements of section 4928.66 of the Revised Code.