4928.233 Rehearing; when order becomes final.

(A) Any party to a proceeding under section 4928.232 of the Revised Code may apply to the public utilities commission for rehearing of an order within thirty days after the date of the issuance of the order.

(B) Within sixty days after the issuance of an order after rehearing or a decision denying an application for rehearing, any party to the proceeding may file a notice of appeal with the supreme court. Any such notice of appeal shall be served as provided for in section 4903.13 of the Revised Code.

Because delay in the determination of the appeal will delay the issuance of phase-in-recovery bonds, thereby diminishing savings to customers that might be achieved if the bonds were issued under a final financing order, the supreme court shall proceed to hear and determine the action as expeditiously as practicable and shall give the action precedence over other matters not accorded similar precedence by law.

(C) Any review on appeal for a financing order issued under section 4928.232 of the Revised Code shall be governed by Chapter 4903. of the Revised Code.

(D) If any phase-in costs are, or if any financing order is, subject to review by the commission or the supreme court, the electric distribution utility may not issue any phase-in-recovery bonds based on those costs or that financing order until all commission and appellate reviews, including any appellate review following a commission decision on remand, have been exhausted.

(E) A financing order shall become final and take effect as follows:

(1) On the expiration of the thirty-day period after the date the commission issues the financing order, if no application for rehearing is filed with the commission within that period;

(2) On the expiration of the sixty-day period after the denial of the application for rehearing, if no notice of appeal is filed with the supreme court within that period;

(3) On the expiration of the sixty-day period after the commission issues an order after rehearing that approves or modifies and approves the financing order, if no notice of appeal is filed with the supreme court within that period;

(4) On the expiration of the ten-day period after the date that the supreme court judgment entry or order that affirms or modifies and affirms a financing order is filed with the clerk, including any such order issued by the court following a commission decision on remand, if no motion for reconsideration is filed within that period;

(5) On the date the supreme court order denying a motion for reconsideration of a judgment entry or order that affirmed or modified and affirmed a financing order is filed with the clerk;

(6) On the date the supreme court judgment entry or order issued after reconsideration of a judgment entry or order that affirmed or modified and affirmed a financing order is filed with the clerk;

(7) On the applicable effective date under division (E)(1), (2), or (3) of this section regarding a financing order remanded to the commission.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.61, HB 364, §1, eff. 3/22/2012.