4933.82 Boundaries of certified territory of electric suppliers.

(A) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the boundaries of the certified territory of each electric supplier shall be considered set as a line or lines substantially equidistant between its existing distribution lines and the nearest existing distribution lines of any other electric supplier in every direction, so that there is thereby certified to each electric supplier such land area as is located nearer to one of its existing distribution lines than to the nearest existing distribution line of any other electric supplier.

(B) On or before one year after the effective date of this section or, when requested in writing by an electric supplier and for good cause shown, such further time as the commission may fix by order, each electric supplier shall file with the public utilities commission a map or maps showing all of its existing distribution lines and the proposed boundaries of its certified territory. The commission shall prepare, or cause to be prepared, within six months after such filing a map of uniform scale to show, accurately and clearly, the boundaries of the certified territory of each electric supplier as proposed by such electric supplier, or as established under division (A) of this section, and shall issue a map of the certified territory of each electric supplier. Such map shall show the service areas of municipally owned electric systems as of the date the map is drawn. The service area of each municipally owned electric system shall include all of the incorporated area of said system and that territory within a line substantially equidistant between its existing distribution lines and the nearest existing distribution line of any electric supplier in every direction. Certification of territory pursuant to sections 4933.81 to 4933.90 of the Revised Code shall not in any manner prohibit or restrict the rights of municipalities under Article XVIII or any other article of the Ohio Constitution and the existence of a municipally owned electric system service area shall not in any respect restrict or limit the boundaries of the certified territory established for electric suppliers.

(C) Each electric supplier and any municipal corporation may examine the maps of electric suppliers filed with the commission pursuant to this section. Any electric supplier whose own certified territory is affected or any municipal corporation whose service area is affected by any such filing and that takes exception thereto, on the basis of an alleged error, may informally request the commission to arrange a conference of the affected parties to resolve the alleged error. The supplier making the request shall serve a copy of the request by certified mail on the electric supplier whose map is alleged to contain the error. The commission shall arrange a conference as promptly as practicable after receipt of the request and shall give notice thereof to all electric suppliers and municipal corporations affected by the alleged error. If an alleged error is not corrected to the satisfaction of any affected electric supplier or municipal corporation, such supplier or municipal corporation may formally petition the commission for a hearing and such hearing shall be granted by the commission as promptly as practicable.

(D) Upon completion by the commission of maps showing the boundaries of the certified territory of each electric supplier as established under division (A) of this section, each electric supplier shall have the right to examine all such maps, and any electric supplier whose own certified territory is affected thereby, on the basis of an alleged error, may informally request that the commission confer with it to resolve the issue of the alleged incorrect location of boundary. The procedure shall be as specified above for resolution of alleged errors in the maps supplied by any electric supplier, including the right of the supplier making the informal request to ultimately formally petition the commission for a hearing.

(E) In reaching its decision on any dispute formally or informally brought to the attention of the commission, under division (C) or (D) of this section, the commission shall follow the standards set forth in division (A) of this section and division (C) of section 4933.83 of the Revised Code.

(F) All portions of the state shall be included within certified territory established pursuant to this section.

Effective Date: 07-12-1978