Certified retail or natural gas providers are required to fully understand and comply by the rules of the Ohio Administrative Code and the Ohio Revised Code:
Competitive retail providers must renew their certification every two years. By rule, suppliers must submit renewal applications no less than 30 and no more than 90 calendar days prior to the expiration date of their current certificate.
Note that failure to file your application within the guidelines of the rule will lead to additional steps required to be completed in order to renew your certification, or potential cancellation of your current certification.
Certification and renewal applications can be electronically filed and submitted in the PUCO Community.
Material Change Notification
If there are any changes to the information you supplied in your application, especially changes to the contact information of regulatory contact or staff contact for customer complaints, per Ohio Administrative Code rules §4901:1-24-11 and §4901:1-27-11, you are required to file with the PUCO a material change notification within 30 days of the change.
Applications for material changes can be filed in the PUCO Community.
Annual Report Filing
You are also required to submit an annual report to the PUCO and pay an annual assessment. Note that separate reports and assessments are required for electric and natural gas certifications.
This requirement is effective the year following the issuance of your certification. Learn more about submitting your annual reports.
Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards
Power marketers and retail electric generation providers should also be aware of Ohio’s renewable portfolio standard, and the required annual payment for noncompliance with any renewable energy resource benchmark.
The environmental disclosure program informs electric customers of the approximate generation resource mix and environmental characteristics associated with the power offered in Ohio's competitive marketplace. Each electric distribution utility (EDU) and competitive retail electric service (CRES) provider is required to submit information to its customers and the PUCO according to the following schedule:
- Annual projected data for current calendar year
- Quarterly reports that compare actual and projected data
Market Monitoring Reporting
The purpose of these market monitoring requirements is to assist the PUCO in determining the extent to which effective competition exists for a competitive retail electric service. Certified retail electric service power marketers, power brokers, aggregators or independent power producers/distributed generators are required to submit monthly marketing monitoring data on a quarterly basis per the requirements set forth in rule §4901:1-25-02(A)(2).