Under the rules in this chapter:
(A) Any electric utility, electric services company, electric cooperative, or governmental aggregator which intends to offer or provide a competitive retail electric service (CRES) to consumers in this state shall obtain a certificate to operate from the commission prior to commencing operations.
(B) An electric cooperative or governmental aggregator that is a municipal electric utility which provides a customer both a CRES and a nonCRES through transmission or distribution facilities it solely or jointly owns or operates is not required to obtain a certificate.
(C) 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.
(D) These rules do not apply to a billing and collection agent if it is a fully independent agent, not affiliated with or otherwise controlled by an electric utility, electric services company, electric cooperative, or governmental aggregator subject to certification under section 4928.08 of the Revised Code, to the extent that the agent is under contract with such utility, company, cooperative, or aggregator solely to provide billing and collection for retail electric service on behalf of the utility, company, cooperative, or aggregator. Nothing in this rule exempts such utility, company, cooperative, or aggregator from liability for the acts of its billing and collection agents.