Chapter 4901:1-41 Greenhouse Gas Reporting and Carbon Dioxide Control Planning

4901:1-41-01 Definitions.

(A) "Carbon dioxide control plan" means a process to measure carbon dioxide emissions and evaluate and implement carbon dioxide control options for an electric generating facility that emits greenhouse gases .

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

(C) "The Climate Registry" means the nonprofit collaboration among North American states, provinces, territories and native sovereign nations, using the website at www.theclimateregistry.org, that sets consistent and transparent standards to calculate, verify, and publicly report greenhouse gas emissions into a single registry.

(D) "Electric generating facility" means an electric generating plant and associated facilities capable of producing electricity of fifty megawatts or larger.

(E) "Greenhouse gas" means the emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and/or sulphur hexafluoride.

(F) "Public utility" means those entities included within the definition of "public utility" set forth in section 4905.02 of the Revised Code.


Effective: 10/7/2019
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 7/10/2019 and 10/07/2019
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 4905.04, 4928.68
Rule Amplifies: 4928.68
Prior Effective Dates: 12/10/2009, 08/11/2014

4901:1-41-02 Purpose and scope.

(A) This chapter provides rules for the reporting of greenhouse gas emissions, including participation in the climate regisry, and carbon dioxide control plan requirements for each electric generating facility that is located in this state, is owned and operated by a public utility that is subject to the commission's jurisdiction, and emits greenhouse gases, pursuant to section 4928.68 of the Revised Code.

(B) 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.


Effective: 10/7/2019
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 7/10/2019 and 10/07/2019
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 4905.04, 4928.68
Rule Amplifies: 4928.68
Prior Effective Dates: 12/10/2009

4901:1-41-03 Greenhouse gas reporting and carbon dioxide control planning.

(A) Unless otherwise directed by the commission, any public utility owning or operating an electric generating facility within Ohio that emits greenhouse gases shall become a participating member in the climate registry and shall report greenhouse gas emissions according to the protocols approved by the climate registry.

(B) Any public utility that owns or operates an electric generating facility within Ohio that emits greenhouse gases shall file with the commission by April fifteenth of each calendar year a carbon dioxide control plan. If the public utility is required to submit a long-term forecast report pursuant to rule 4901:5-3-01 of the Administrative Code, the carbon dioxide plan shall be included with the public utility's long-term forecast, or as otherwise directed by the commission. A copy of such plan shall also be provided to the director of the Ohio environmental protection agency, or his designee.

(C) The carbon dioxide control plan shall include all relevant technical information on the current conditions, goals, and potential actions for resource planning for each electric generating facility within Ohio that emits greenhouse gases. Any technology included in this plan, including clean coal, shall be based upon the most current scientific and engineering design capability of any facility or that has been designed to have the capability to control the emissions of carbon dioxide within the parameters of economically feasible best technology.


Effective: 10/7/2019
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 7/10/2019 and 10/07/2019
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 4905.04, 4928.68
Rule Amplifies: 4928.68
Prior Effective Dates: 12/10/2009, 08/11/2014