(A) Proceedings before the public utilities commission on an application submitted by an electric distribution utility under section 4928.231 of the Revised Code shall be governed by Chapter 4903. of the Revised Code, but only to the extent that chapter is not inconsistent with this section or section 4928.233 of the Revised Code. Any party that participated in the proceeding in which phase-in costs were approved under section 4909.18 or sections 4928.141 to 4928.144 of the Revised Code or section 4928.14 of the Revised Code as it existed prior to July 31, 2008, shall have standing to participate in proceedings under sections 4928.23 to 4928.2318 of the Revised Code.
(B) When reviewing an application for a financing order pursuant to sections 4928.23 to 4928.2318 of the Revised Code, the commission may hold such hearings, make such inquiries or investigations, and examine such witnesses, books, papers, documents, and contracts as the commission considers proper to carry out these sections. Within thirty days after the filing of an application under section 4928.231 of the Revised Code, the commission shall publish a schedule of the proceeding.
(1) Not later than one hundred thirty-five days after the date the application is filed, the commission shall issue either a financing order, granting the application in whole or with modifications, or an order suspending or rejecting the application.
(2) If the commission suspends an application for a financing order, the commission shall notify the electric distribution utility of the suspension and may direct the electric distribution utility to provide additional information as the commission considers necessary to evaluate the application. Not later than ninety days after the suspension, the commission shall issue either a financing order, granting the application in whole or with modifications, or an order rejecting the application.
(1) The commission shall not issue a financing order under division (C) of this section unless the commission determines that the financing order is consistent with section 4928.02 of the Revised Code.
(2) Except as provided in division (D)(1) of this section, the commission shall issue a financing order under division (C) of this section if, at the time the financing order is issued, the commission finds that the issuance of the phase-in-recovery bonds and the phase-in-recovery charges authorized by the order results in, consistent with market conditions, both measurably enhancing cost savings to customers and mitigating rate impacts to customers as compared with traditional financing mechanisms or traditional cost-recovery methods available to the electric distribution utility or, if the commission previously approved a recovery method, as compared with that recovery method.
(E) The commission shall include all of the following in a financing order issued under division (C) of this section:
(1) A determination of the maximum amount and a description of the phase-in costs that may be recovered through phase-in-recovery bonds issued under the financing order;
(2) A description of phase-in-recovery property, the creation of which is authorized by the financing order;
(3) A description of the financing costs that may be recovered through phase-in-recovery charges and the period over which those costs may be recovered;
(4) For phase-in-recovery charges not subject to allocation according to an existing order, a description of the methodology and calculation for allocating phase-in-recovery charges among customer classes, including the allocation of such charges, if any, to governmental aggregation customers based upon the proportionate benefit determination made under division (I) of section 4928.20 of the Revised Code;
(5) A description of the adjustment mechanism for use in the imposition, charging, and collection of the phase-in-recovery charges;
(6) The maximum term of the phase-in-recovery bonds;
(7) Any other provision the commission considers appropriate to ensure the full and timely imposition, charging, collection, and adjustment, pursuant to an approved adjustment mechanism, of the phase-in-recovery charges described in divisions (E)(3) to (5) of this section.
(F) The commission may, in a financing order, afford the electric distribution utility flexibility in establishing the terms and conditions for the phase-in-recovery bonds to accommodate changes in market conditions, including repayment schedules, interest rates, financing costs, collateral requirements, required debt service and other reserves, and the ability of the electric distribution utility, at its option, to effect a series of issuances of phase-in-recovery bonds and correlated assignments, sales, pledges, or other transfers of phase-in-recovery property. Any changes made under this section to terms and conditions for the phase-in-recovery bonds shall be in conformance with the financing order.
(G) A financing order may provide that the creation of phase-in-recovery property shall be simultaneous with the sale of that property to an assignee as provided in the application and the pledge of the property to secure phase-in-recovery bonds.
(H) The commission shall, in a financing order, require that after the final terms of each issuance of phase-in-recovery bonds have been established, and prior to the issuance of those bonds, the electric distribution utility shall determine the resulting phase-in-recovery charges in accordance with the adjustment mechanism described in the financing order. These phase-in-recovery charges shall be final and effective upon the issuance of the phase-in-recovery bonds, without further commission action.
Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.61, HB 364, §1, eff. 3/22/2012.