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PUC To Publicly Post Aggregated Revenue, Usage Data From Retail Suppliers

January 11, 2023

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Reporting by Paul Ring •

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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio said that it will make public aggregated data from competitive retail electric suppliers.

PUCO's declaration came in a review of the PUCO's market monitoring rules for the retail electric market

Under the existing and re-adopted rule, power marketers (retail electric suppliers) must file, on a quarterly basis, market monitoring information sought by PUCO Staff.

The rule formerly delineated the specific information to be filed (noted below). Such explicit delineation was removed from the rule (ostensibly as a means of reducing regulatory burdens), but suppliers will still have to file reports as requested by PUCO Staff, and it is expected that the information required to be filed under the reports will be the same as formerly required under the specific rule provisions.

The former rule specifically provided that retail electric suppliers were to provide to PUCO Staff (among other things):

• The number of customers, the amount of sales in megawatt hours. The reporting entity shall report this data by customer class (residential, commercial, industrial, or street lighting/other) and by subclass, if applicable.

• Total billed revenues. The reporting entity shall report this data by rate schedule class (residential, commercial, industrial, or street lighting/other) and by subclass, if applicable.

• The number of customers participating in CRES-offered green pricing programs, as well as the volume of participation in such programs in megawatt hours, reported by customer class.

In the rulemaking, the Ohio Consumers Counsel said that such information should be aggregated for public disclosure.

PUCO said that, "The Commission finds reasonable OCC’s proposal for aggregating market monitoring data and making such information available to the public."

While the rule provides that the filed supplier information will be confidential, PUCO said that, "submission of confidential data by stakeholders does not prohibit the Commission from sharing such data in an aggregated manner."

"Staff will work with entities subject to these rules and endeavor to periodically post aggregated information on the Commission’s website to provide consumers with more information for assessing Ohio’s retail electric market," PUCO said

PUCO did not specifically state what marketing monitoring data would be aggregated and made public (if not the entirety of data that may be aggregated), but, as noted, the information generally includes the total billed revenues and usage reported by suppliers

PUCO rejected a proposal from retail suppliers to require the supplier information to be reported only on an annual basis, rather than quarterly

"The Commission finds that quarterly reporting is necessary for Staff to find, in a timely manner, noncompliance with Commission rules and statutes. In contrast, annual reporting of information would make finding data errors or omissions more difficult," PUCO said

PUCO rejected OCC's proposal for requiring utilities to provide shadow billed SSO amounts for shopping customers on utility consolidated bills. PUCO noted that it has rejected OCC's proposed shadow billing in several proceedings, and noted that the instant rulemaking's purpose was limited to complying with a statute requiring state agencies to reduce regulatory burdens

The final rules remove the prior obligation for brokers and non-governmental aggregators to file market monitoring data.

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