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Environmental disclosure information for EDUs and CRES providers

July 20, 2016

The PUCO’s Environmental Disclosure Rules require competitive retail electric service (CRES) providers and electric distribution utilities (EDU) to file environmental disclosure forms. In 2015 the source of the regional mix data was changed from the Energy Information Administration state data to the PJM system mix. While the footprint of the regional mix has changed, the overall trend of natural gas fired power increasing and coal fired power decreasing continues.  

The annual form for January 2016 should use the 2016 percentages in the table below. If the EDU or CRES provider buys its electricity from the market the supplier’s product and regional average should be the same.

Regional generation resource mix (%)

 

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Coal-fired Power 41 45.5 65.5 73 74
Nuclear Power 35 34 16 16 16
Natural gas-fired power 19.5 16 14.5 8 7
Wind power 2 2 1.5 1 1
Hydropower 1 1 1 1 1
Biomass power 0.5 0.5 1 1 1
Oil-fired power 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Other 0.5 0.5 - - -
Regional air emission rates (pounds/MWh)
Carbon dioxide 1,070 1,137 1,635 1,685 1,705
Sulfur dioxide 2 2.3 5.2 5.6 6.8
Nitrogen oxides 0.8 1 1.5 1.7 1.6

For the quarterly forms EDUs or CRES providers that purchase electricity from the market should use the updated PJM system mix percentages in the table below for the “actual” pie chart. The “projected” pie chart should remain as the 2016 percentages above. On the air emissions bar chart the “projected” bar should extend to the regional average line while the “actual” bar should extent to percent change shown below.

Regional generation resource mix (%)

 

September 2016

December 2016

March 2016

June 2016

Coal-fired power

29.5

-

-

-

Nuclear power

40.5

-

-

-

Natural gas-fired power

25

-

-

-

Wind power

2

-

-

-

Hydropower

1.5

-

-

-

Biomass power

0.5

-

-

-

Oil-fired power

-

-

-

-

Other

1

-

-

-

Regional air emission rates (pounds/MWh)

 

September 2016

December 2016

March 2017

June 2017

#/MWH

% of regional average

#/MWH

% of regional average

#/MWH

% of regional average

#/MWH

% of regional average

Carbon dioxide

873

82

-

-

-

-

-

-

Sulfur dioxide

1.0

50

-

-

-

-

-

-

Nitrogen oxides

0.7

88

-

-

-

-

-

-

The environmental disclosure rules are at the following links:

EDUs

http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4901%3A1-10-31

CRES providers

http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4901%3A1-21-09

The rules include the following schedule:

  • January – disclose projected data for current calendar year.
  • March – disclose actual data for the prior calendar year, compared to projected data for prior calendar year.
  • June – disclose actual data for the period January through March of current year, compared to projected data for current calendar year.
  • September – disclose actual data for the period January through June of current year, compared to projected data for current calendar year.
  • December – disclose actual data for the period January through September of current year, compared to projected data for current calendar year.
  • The annual form goes out in January. The quarterly form goes out in March, June, September, December. 

Also, the rules state:

Each EDU or CRES provider shall electronically submit its annual projection and quarterly comparisons of environmental disclosure data to the deputy director of the utilities department or their designee consistent with the schedule presented in paragraph (C)(4)(c) of the above rule. The information provided to staff shall be identical in content and format to that provided to customers.

Environmental disclosure statement templates

Additionally, environmental disclosure forms can be disclosed to customers via the EDU or CRES website, bill inserts, or by separate mailing.

The designee is:

Mark Bellamy
PUCO
180 E. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 644-8295
Mark.Bellamy@puc.state.oh.us