Residents and public officials are often interested in receiving information about and participating in PUCO cases. There are a variety of ways to stay informed and make your voice heard.
Submit informal comments
Interested persons are encouraged to submit informal written comments to the PUCO. In order to be filed in the public comments section of the case record, submissions must include the case number. These comments inform the PUCO, as well as the staff during its investigation, but do not carry the same weight as the sworn testimony presented at the local public hearing.
- Visit the Docketing Information System (DIS) page.
- Enter the case number (e.g. 05-1234) in the “DIS Quick Search” field at the right side of the page. If you do not know the case number, use the Full Text Search or Advanced Search to find cases by name, date, code and more. More information on how to use DIS is available here.
- Click the link to "File a Public Comment" and fill out the form.
Submit via mail to PUCO Docketing Division, 180 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215.
Testify at the local public hearing
Once the company submits its application, the PUCO staff scrutinizes the plan, reviews comments and information from interveners, and then makes a recommendation in a staff report. In many cases, after the staff makes its recommendation, a formal public hearing is held. At this hearing, hosted by the PUCO, members of the public provide sworn testimony that becomes part of the case record. Written statements may also be submitted.
Subscribe to a case
The Docketing Information System allows individuals to receive notifications when documents are filed in a case. To subscribe to a case, visit the DIS homepage and click "Subscribe and E-file".
Formally intervene in the case
Intervention grants individuals, organizations, and governments the right to participate as a party of record in the case proceedings. Interveners are served with all documents in the case, participate in the adjudicatory hearing, and may file for rehearing or appeal a PUCO decision to Ohio Supreme Court.
What is the difference between the local public hearing and the evidentiary hearing?
The purpose of the local public hearing is to gather sworn statements concerning the application from members of the affected public who are not actual parties to the case. This hearing provides the PUCO with information about the reaction of the local community to the proposed application and the hearing transcript becomes part of the case documents in the official record.
The purpose of the evidentiary hearing is to allow parties to the case to provide sworn pre-filed testimony and cross examine witnesses. This hearing forms the evidentiary record in the case. Because the two hearings serve separate functions, no person (including any person who has been granted intervention) is allowed to testify at both the local public hearing and the evidentiary hearing. A person may only testify at the local hearing on behalf of an intervener, if the intervener agrees, on the record, to withdraw as an intervener.