Yesterday, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) issued staff proposed revisions to Chapters 39 and 40 of the Ohio Administrative Code addressing the state's energy efficiency program and its alternative energy portfolio standard (AEPS) rules, respectively. The PUCO provided a summary of what it considers "some of the more substantial proposed changes," which are listed below.

Energy Efficiency

  • Inclusion of combined heat and power (CHP) and waste energy recovery (WER) under SB 315
  • Changes to incorporate the Mercantile Customer (EEC) Program as directed by the Commission’s July 17, 2013 Finding and Order in case 10-834-EL-EEC
  • Changes to reporting times and procedures to minimize the expense for all stakeholders in the administrative review process for each electric utility’s energy efficiency and peak demand reduction (EEDR) portfolios to meet the requirements of R.C. 4928.66
  • Procedure for updating the Draft Technical Resource Manual (TRM)
  • Application templates to be used for CHP/WER applications, annual updates for behavior projects, and ongoing EE/PDR rider exemptions (EEC) have been attached to the proposed rule changes

Alternative Energy

  • Revisions to the lists of eligible renewable energy resources and advanced energy resources to reflect changes from Substitute Senate Bill 315, including the addition of waste energy recovery systems to the list of eligible renewable energy resources
  • Removal of requirement for long-term compliance planning filing from 4901:1-40-03
  • Changing facility certification auto approval process from 60 days to 30 days
  • Changing the REC life to five years from point of creation by attribute tracking system
  • Including specific minimum content requirements for the annual compliance status report filings
  • Addressing question of confidentiality for the annual compliance status report filing
  • Significant revisions to the rule (4901:1-40-07) addressing the cost cap, with proposed changes to incorporate the general methodology accepted by the Commission in Case 11-5201-EL-RDR

The draft rules, which "include changes resulting from the passage of Sub. S.B. 315," can be accessed through the Commission docket in case numbers 13-0651-EL-ORD (Energy Efficiency) and 13-0652-EL-ORD (AEPS) (See our July 10, 2013, blog post for more information). Initial comments are due in each case by February 28, 2014, with reply comments due no later than March 14, 2014.