(A) All electric utilities and affected electric services companies shall ensure that, by the end of the year 2024 and each year thereafter, electricity from alternative energy resources equals at least twenty-five per cent of their retail electric sales in the state.
(1) Up to half of the electricity supplied from alternative energy resources may be generated from advanced energy resources.
(2) At least half of the electricity supplied from alternative energy resources shall be generated from renewable energy resources, including solar energy resources, in accordance with the following annual benchmarks:
Annual benchmarks for alternative energy resources generated from renewable and solar energy resources
(a) At least half of the annual renewable energy resources, including solar energy resources, shall be met through electricity generated by facilities located in this state. Facilities located in the state shall include a hydroelectric generating facility that is located on a river that is within or bordering this state, and wind turbines located in the state's territorial waters of Lake Erie.
(b) To qualify towards a benchmark, any electricity from renewable energy resources, including solar energy resources, that originates from outside of the state must be shown to be deliverable into this state.
(3) All costs incurred by an electric utility in complying with the requirements of section 4928.64 of the Revised Code, shall be avoidable by any consumer that has exercised choice of electricity supplier, during such time that a customer is served by an electric services company.
(B) The baseline for compliance with the alternative energy resource requirements shall be determined using the following methodologies:
(1) For electric utilities, the baseline shall be computed as an average of the three preceding calendar years of the total annual number of kilowatt-hours of electricity sold under its standard service offer to any and all retail electric customers whose electric load centers are served by that electric utility and are located within the electric utility's certified territory. The calculation of the baseline shall be based upon the average, annual, kilowatt-hour sales reported in that electric utility's three most recent forecast reports or reporting forms.
(2) For electric services companies, the baseline shall be computed as an average of the three preceding calendar years of the total annual number of kilowatt-hours of electricity sold to any and all retail electric consumers served by the company in the state, based upon the kilowatt-hour sales in the electric services company's most recent quarterly market-monitoring reports or reporting forms.
(a) If an electric services company has not been continuously supplying Ohio retail electric customers during the preceding three calendar years, the baseline shall be computed as an average of annual sales data for all calendar years during the preceding three years in which the electric services company was serving retail customers.
(b) For an electric services company with no retail electric sales in the state during the preceding three calendar years, its initial baseline shall consist of a reasonable projection of its retail electric sales in the state for a full calendar year. Subsequent baselines shall consist of actual sales data, computed in a manner consistent with paragraph (B)(2)(a) of this rule.
(3) An electric utility or electric services company may file an application requesting a reduced baseline to reflect new economic growth in its service territory or service area. Any such application shall include a justification indicating why timely compliance based on the unadjusted baseline is not feasible, a schedule for achieving compliance based on its unadjusted baseline, quantification of a new change in the rate of economic growth, and a methodology for measuring economic activity, including objective measurement parameters and quantification methodologies.
(C) Beginning in the year 2010, each electric utility and electric services company annually shall file a plan for compliance with future annual advanced- and renewable-energy benchmarks, including solar, utilizing at least a ten-year planning horizon. This plan, to be filed by April fifteenth of each year, shall include at least the following items:
(1) Baseline for the current and future calendar years.
(2) Supply portfolio projection, including both generation fleet and power purchases.
(3) A description of the methodology used by the company to evaluate its compliance options.
(4) A discussion of any perceived impediments to achieving compliance with required benchmarks, as well as suggestions for addressing any such impediments.