(A) Any person may file comments regarding an electric utility's initial benchmark report or annual portfolio status report filed pursuant to this chapter within thirty days of the filing of such report.
(B) Upon receipt of such report, the staff shall review the report and any timely filed comments, and file its findings and recommendations regarding program implementation and compliance with the applicable benchmarks, and any proposed modifications thereto, verifying the electric utility's compliance or noncompliance with its approved program portfolio plan and the mandated energy efficiency improvements and peak-demand reductions. If staff finds that an electric utility has not demonstrated compliance with the approved program portfolio plan or annual sales or peak-demand reductions required by division (A) of section 4928.66 of the Revised Code, staff may recommend remedial action and/or the assessment of a forfeiture. Additionally, the staff may recommend modifications to a program within the electric utility's program portfolio plan.
(C) The commission may schedule a hearing on the electric utility's portfolio benchmark report or status report. If staff recommends a forfeiture, the commission shall schedule a hearing on the staff's recommendations.
(D) The commission shall adopt, or modify and adopt, the staff's recommendations and findings as its annual verification report of the electric utility's achieved energy efficiency and peak-demand reductions pursuant to division (B) of section 4928.66 of the Revised Code. Such verification report shall be provided to the consumers' counsel of Ohio.