4929.24 Public utilities commission jurisdiction.

(A)

(1) The public utilities commission has jurisdiction under section 4905.26 of the Revised Code, upon complaint of any person or complaint or initiative of the commission regarding the provision by a retail natural gas supplier subject to certification under section 4929.20 of the Revised Code of any service for which it is subject to certification.

(2) The commission also has jurisdiction under section 4905.26 of the Revised Code, upon complaint of any person or complaint or initiative of the commission to determine whether a retail natural gas supplier subject to certification under section 4929.20 of the Revised Code has violated or failed to comply with any provision of sections 4929.20 to 4929.23 of the Revised Code regarding a competitive retail natural gas service for which it is subject to certification or any rule or order adopted or issued by the commission for purposes of those sections.

(B) In addition to its authority under division (C)(1) of section 4929.20 of the Revised Code and to any other remedies provided by law, the commission, after reasonable notice and opportunity for hearing in accordance with section 4905.26 of the Revised Code, may do any of the following:

(1) Order rescission of a contract, or restitution to customers, in any complaint brought pursuant to division (A)(1) or (2) of this section;

(2) Order any remedy or forfeiture provided under sections 4905.54 to 4905.60 and 4905.64 of the Revised Code upon a finding under division (A)(2) of this section that the retail natural gas supplier subject to certification under section 4929.20 of the Revised Code has violated or failed to comply, regarding a competitive retail natural gas service for which it is subject to certification, with any provision of sections 4929.20 to 4929.23 of the Revised Code or any rule or order adopted or issued under those sections.

(C)

(1) In addition to the authority conferred under section 4911.15 of the Revised Code, the consumers' counsel may file a complaint under division (A)(1) or (2) of this section on behalf of residential consumers in this state or appear before the commission as a representative of those consumers pursuant to any complaint filed under division (A)(1) or (2) of this section.

(2) In addition to the authority conferred under section 4911.19 of the Revised Code, the consumers' counsel, upon reasonable grounds, may file with the commission under section 4905.26 of the Revised Code a complaint for discovery if the recipient of an inquiry under section 4911.19 of the Revised Code fails to provide a response within the time specified in that section.

(D) The commission's jurisdiction with respect to a natural gas company under Chapter 4905. of the Revised Code extends to any violation of division (D) of section 4929.20 or any failure to comply with division (C) of section 4929.29 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 06-26-2001