4901:1-40-01 Definitions.

(A) "Advanced energy fund" has the meaning set forth in section 4928.61 of the Revised Code.

(B) "Advanced energy resource" has the meaning set forth in division (A)(34) of section 4928.01 of the Revised Code.

(C) "Alternative energy resource" has the meaning set forth in division (A)(1) of section 4928.64 of the Revised Code.

(D) "Biologically derived methane gas" means landfill methane gas; or gas from the anaerobic digestion of organic materials, including animal waste, municipal wastewater, institutional and industrial organic waste, food waste, yard waste, and agricultural crops and residues.

(E) "Biomass energy" means energy produced from organic material derived from plants or animals and available on a renewable basis, including but not limited to: agricultural crops, tree crops, crop by-products and residues; wood and paper manufacturing waste, including nontreated by-products of the wood manufacturing or pulping process, such as bark, wood chips, sawdust, and lignin in spent pulping liquors; forestry waste and residues; other vegetation waste, including landscape or right-of-way trimmings; algae; food waste; animal wastes and by-products (including fats, oils, greases and manure); biodegradable solid waste; and biologically derived methane gas.

(F) "Clean coal technology" means any technology that removes or has the design capability to remove criteria pollutants and carbon dioxide from an electric generating facility that uses coal as a fuel or feedstock as identified in the control plan requirements in paragraph (C) of rule 4901:1-41-03 of the Administrative Code.

(G) "Co-firing" means simultaneously using multiple fuels in the generation of electricity. In the event of co-firing, the proportion of energy input comprised of a renewable energy resource shall dictate the proportion of electricity output from the facility that can be considered a renewable energy resource.

(H) "Commission" means the public utilities commission of Ohio.

(I) "Deliverable into this state" means that the electricity originates from a facility within a state contiguous to Ohio. It may also include electricity originating from other locations, pending a demonstration that the electricity could be physically delivered to the state.

(J) "Demand response" has the meaning set forth in rule 4901:1-39-01 of the Administrative Code.

(K) "Demand-side management" has the meaning set forth in paragraph (F) of rule 4901:5-5-01 of the Administrative Code.

(L) "Distributed generation" means electricity production that is on-site and is connected to the electricity grid.

(M) "Double-counting" means utilizing renewable energy, renewable energy credits, or energy efficiency savings to do any of the following:

(1) Satisfy multiple Ohio state renewable energy requirements or such requirements for more than one state.

(2) Comply with both the energy efficiency and advanced energy statutory benchmarks.

(3) Support multiple voluntary product offerings.

(4) Substantiate multiple marketing claims.

(5) Some combination of these.

(N) "Electric generating facility" means a power plant or other facility where electricity is produced.

(O) "Electric services company" has the meaning set forth in division (A)(9) of section 4928.01 of the Revised Code.

(P) "Electric utility" has the meaning set forth in division (A)(11) of section 4928.01 of the Revised Code.

(Q) "Energy efficiency" has the meaning set forth in rule 4901:1-39-01 of the Administrative Code.

(R) "Energy storage" means a facility or technology that permits the storage of energy for future use as electricity.

(S) "Fuel cell" means a device that uses an electrochemical energy conversion process to produce electricity.

(T) "Geothermal energy" means hot water or steam extracted from geothermal reservoirs in the earth's crust and used for electricity generation..

(U) "Hydroelectric energy" means electricity generated by a hydroelectric facility as defined in division (A)(35) of section 4928.01 of the Revised Code.

(V) "Hydroelectric facility" has the meaning set forth in division (A)(35) of section 4928.01 of the Revised Code.

(W) "Mercantile customer" has the meaning set forth in division (A)(19) of section 4928.01 of the Revised Code.

(X) "MISO" means "Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc." or any successor regional transmission organization.

(Y) "Person" shall have the meaning set forth in division (A)(24) of section 4928.01 of the Revised Code.

(Z) "PJM" means "PJM Interconnection, LLC" or any successor regional transmission organization.

(AA) "Placed-in-service" means when a facility or technology becomes operational.

(BB) "Renewable energy credit" means the environmental attributes associated with one megawatt-hour of electricity generated by a renewable energy resource, except for electricity generated by facilities as described in paragraph (E) of rule 4901:1-40-04 of the Administrative Code.

(CC) "Renewable energy resource" has the meaning set forth in division (A)(35) of section 4928.01 of the Revised Code.

(DD) "Solar energy resources" means solar photovoltaic and/or solar thermal resources.

(EE) "Solar photovoltaic" means energy from devices which generate electricity directly from sunlight through the movement of electrons.

(FF) "Solar thermal" means the concentration of the sun's energy, typically through the use of lenses or mirrors, to drive a generator or engine to produce electricity.

(GG) "Solid wastes" has the meaning set forth in section 3734.01 of the Revised Code.

(HH) "Staff" means the commission staff or its authorized representative.

(II) "Standard service offer" means an electric utility offer to provide consumers, on a comparable and nondiscriminatory basis within its certified territory, all competitive retail electric services necessary to maintain essential electric service to consumers, including a firm supply of electric generation service.

(JJ) "Wind energy" means electricity generated from wind turbines, windmills, or other technology that converts wind into electricity.

Effective: 12/10/2009
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 09/30/2013
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 4905.04 , 4905.06 , 4928.01 , 4928.02 , 4928.64 , 4928.65
Rule Amplifies: 4928.01 , 4928.64 , 4928.65