Competitive retail natural gas service provider information
Pursuant to Section 4929.20(A) of the Revised Code, retail natural gas service suppliers (retail natural gas aggregator/brokers and marketers) and certain governmental aggregators must be certified by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio before providing competitive retail natural gas or governmental aggregation service to residential and small commercial customers. Application for certified provider services may be made under Commission-promulgated Chapter 4901:1-27 of the Ohio Administrative Code, on forms authorized by the Commission.
A number of different requirements and responsibilities must be completed in order to retain PUCO certification. Please see details regarding the certification requirements and responsibilities.
Provided below, is a quick-links index to competitive retail natural gas service (CRNGS) provider information, applications, forms, reports and charts.
- Certified natural gas governmental aggregators
- Certified retail natural gas broker/aggregators
- Certified retail natural gas suppliers
Competitive retail natural gas aggregator - a person who contracts with customers to combine the customers’ natural gas load for the purposes of purchasing CRNGS on an aggregated basis. Broker/aggregator filing instructions and application available from the commission’s web site.
Competitive retail natural gas aggregation service - combining the natural gas load of multiple retail residential customers or small commercial customers via an agreement with the customers for the purpose of purchasing retail natural gas service on an aggregated basis.
Competitive retail natural gas broker - a person who provides retail natural gas brokerage service. Broker/Aggregator Filing Instructions and Application available from the Commission’s web site.
Competitive retail natural gas brokerage service – assuming the contractual and legal responsibility for the sale and/or arrangement for the supply of CRNGS to a retail customer in this state without taking title to the natural gas.
Competitive retail natural gas marketing service – assuming the contractual and legal responsibility for the sale and provision of CRNGS to a retail natural gas customer in this state and having title to natural gas at some point during the transaction.
Competitive retail natural gas service supplier - a person that is engaged in a for-profit or not-for-profit basis in the business of supplying or arranging for the supply of a CRNGS to consumers in this state that are not mercantile customers. “Retail natural gas supplier” includes a marketer, broker or aggregator, but excludes a natural gas company, a governmental aggregator, a billing or collection agent, and a producer or gatherer of gas that is not a natural gas company. Supplier filing instructions and application are available from the Commission’s Web site.
Competitive retail natural gas service provider abandonment – a certified retail natural gas provider may apply to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to cease being a retail natural gas supplier or governmental aggregator in this state. Pursuant to Chapter 4901:1-27-11 of the Ohio Administrative Code, abandonment applications, in addition to other mandated requirements, are to be filed on Commission-approved forms, at least 90 days prior the effective date that the retail natural gas supplier or governmental aggregator will abandon operations. The abandonment application form is intended for the purpose of making application to The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio for the voluntary cessation of natural gas services and operations and the abandonment of certificate issued for competitive retail natural gas service(s) or governmental aggregation, within the service areas of all Ohio-regulated local natural gas distribution (LDC) companies.
Mercantile customer - A mercantile customer, as defined in Section 4929.01(L)(1) of the Ohio Revised Code, means a customer that consumes, other than for residential use, more than 500,000 cubic feet of natural gas per year at a single location within the state or consumes natural gas, other than for residential use, as part of an undertaking having more than three locations within or outside of this state. In accordance with Section 4929.01(L)(2) of the Ohio Revised Code, “Mercantile customer” excludes a not-for-profit customer that consumes, other than for residential use, more than 500,000 cubic feet of natural gas per year at a single location within this state or consumes natural gas, other than for residential use, as part of an undertaking having more than three locations within or outside this state that has filed the necessary declaration with the Public Utilities Commission.
Natural gas governmental aggregators - The legislative authority of a municipal corporation, the board of township trustees or a board of county commissioners acting exclusively under Section 4929.26 or 4929.27 of the Ohio Revised Code as an aggregator for the provision of CRNGS. For the purposes of this definition, “governmental aggregator” specifically excludes a municipal corporation acting exclusively under Section 4 of Article XVIII, Ohio Constitution, as an aggregator for the provision of CRNGS. Natural gas governmental aggregator filing instructions and application available from the Commission’s Web site.
Provided below are hyperlinks to the Commission’s official filing instructions and certification application forms for the natural gas provider services available in Ohio. To avoid delays in obtaining a certificate, each applicant should carefully review and understand the Commission’s competitive retail natural gas service rules in their entirety before applying for certification.
Pursuant to Chapter 4901:1-27 of the Ohio Administrative Code, renewal applications shall be filed between 30 and 120 days from the prior certificate’s expiration date. Provided below are hyperlinks to the Commission’s official renewal filing instructions and renewal certification application forms. To assist applicant’s monitor individual certification status, the Commission routinely publishes a Certification Status Report that provides pertinent information about provider certificates, as well as embedded hyperlinks to the respective cases filed with the PUCO Docketing Information Systems.