First, please ensure that all sensitive personal information such as social security numbers and bank account numbers are not submitted or are properly redacted. Documents filed in the Docketing Information System (DIS) are made public and documents filed in the PUCO Community are not protected, so they must be redacted.
When submitting an application to become certified as a competitive retail electric service (CRES) provider or competitive retail natural gas service (CRNGS) supplier, an applicant may file with the Commission the following documents under seal pursuant to Ohio Administrative Code 4901:1-24-08 (CRES) and 4901:1-27-08 (CRNGS), as well as the Commission’s June 3, 2020 Entry in Case No. 20-1077-GE-WVR:
- Financial Statements (Exhibit C-2)
- Forecasted Financial Statements (Exhibit C-3)
- Credit Ratings (Exhibit C-4)
- Credit Reports (Exhibit C-5)
- Financial Arrangements (Exhibit C-9)
If these exhibits are filed under seal, they will automatically be afforded protective treatment for a period of six years from the date of the certificate for which the information is being provided.
If an applicant wishes to file any additional exhibits or documents under seal, the applicant must accompany such filing with a motion for a protective order. Motions must be filed by an attorney authorized to practice law in Ohio, and should comply with all applicable Commission rules, including the requirements in Ohio Administrative Code 4901-1-24(D). If the motion is filed in conformance with the Commission’s rules, in particular Ohio Administrative Code 4901:1-24-08 (CRES) and 4901:1-27-08 (CRNGS), it shall be automatically approved on the thirty-first day after the date of filing. The information will be afforded protective treatment for a period of 6 years from the date of the certificate for which the information is being provided, unless the Commission or an attorney examiner appointed by the Commission rules otherwise.
At the expiration of the 6 year period of protective treatment, the information will be automatically released into the open record. An applicant wishing to extend a protective order beyond the 6 year time period must comply with Ohio Administrative Code 4901-1-24(F).
All exhibits and documents for which protective treatment is sought must be e-filed in DIS, filed in person or mailed to the Commission at: Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Docketing Division, 180 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215-3793.