An application to commit a mercantile customer program for integration filed pursuant to paragraph (G) of rule 4901:1-39-05 of the Administrative Code, may include a request for an exemption from the cost recovery mechanism set forth in rule 4901:1-39-07 of the Administrative Code. To be eligible for such exemption, the mercantile customer must consent to providing an annual report on the energy savings and electric utility peak-demand reductions achieved in the customer's facilities in the most recent year. The report shall include the following:
(A) A demonstration that energy savings and peak-demand reductions associated with the mercantile customer's program are the result of investments that meet the total resource cost test, or that the electric utility's avoided cost exceeds the cost to the electric utility for the mercantile customer's program.
(B) A statement distinguishing programs implemented before and after January 1, 2009, or in future reports filed for years subsequent to 2009, before and after the most recent year.
(C) A quantification of the energy savings or peak-demand reductions for programs initiated prior to 2009 in the baseline period, recognizing that programs may have diminishing effects over time as technology evolves or equipment degrades.
(D) A recognition that the energy saving and demand reduction effects during the electric utility's baseline period of any mercantile customer-sited energy efficiency or peak-demand reduction programs that are integrated into an electric utility's programs are excluded from the electric utility's baselines by increasing its baseline for energy savings and baseline for peak-demand reductions by the amount of mercantile customer energy savings and demand reductions.
(E) A listing and description of the customer programs implemented, including measures taken, devices or equipment installed, processes modified, or other actions taken to increase energy efficiency and reduce peak demand, including specific details such as the number, type, and efficiency levels both of the installed equipment and the old equipment that is being replaced, if applicable.
(F) An accounting of expenditures made by the mercantile customer for each program and its component energy savings and electric utility peak-demand reduction attributes.
(G) The timeline showing when each program went into effect, and when the energy savings and peak-demand reductions occurred.
(H) Any request for an exemption may be combined with any other reasonable arrangement, approved pursuant to Chapter 4901:1-38 of the Administrative Code, if such reasonable arrangement contains appropriate measurements and verification of program results.