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Annual Reports

Case No. 20-01-AU-RPT directs all regulated utilities for file a 2019 annual report for fiscal assessment through the Commission's web-based filing system, the PUCO Community, by April 30, 2020. 

Annual report filing instructions:

  1. Log in to the PUCO Community. The log in procedure to file annual reports in the PUCO Community changed as of Jan. 21, 2020. Please see PUCO Community page for more information.  
  2. Access the Mandatory Reports filing in the PUCO Community.
  3. Complete your annual report, which generally consists of your financial information, including the intrastate gross earnings of the company.  Each reporting company is requested to verify and update the docketing contact, who will receive official legal notice or service of process on behalf of the regulated company, and the fiscal contact, who will receive and have authority to pay the annual fiscal assessment invoices.
  4. Attach any required supplemental documents (see the chart below).
  5. Verify and submit your annual report and receive an automatic acknowledgement.

The PUCO will report annual report data to the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) satisfying the requirements of R.C. 4905.14; hence, reporting companies are no longer required to file their annual report separately with the OCC.

If you represent multiple certificated companies, it is recommended you log in to the PUCO Community, click on the certificates tab and verify that you have access to all certificates of the companies you work for or represent. 

Need help filing your annual report?

Step-by-step instructions are available with the Community User Guide – Annual Reports and Assessment.  If you have additional questions, please contact the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826). 

Who needs to file an annual report?

Each jurisdictional regulated entity that has an active PUCO certificate during the reporting year must file a separate annual report for each PUCO certificate number it holds, regardless of whether it conducted operations or generated revenue in Ohio during the reporting year. Even if a certificate of operation is canceled or abandoned in a reporting year, the regulated entity must file an annual report. Regulated entities do not have to file a report for any certificate that became effective after the reporting period.  Here is a list of companies required to file an annual report in 2020: 2019 Annual Report Required Filers List

How to edit or amend a report

You may edit a submitted annual report at any time prior to the filing deadline of April 30, 2020.  After April 30, please contact the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and demonstrate good cause in requesting to file a late report or amend a previously filed report. 

View filed annual reports

Historical annual reports prior to 2017 can be found at the link below. However, annual reports filed in 2017 and later can be viewed at a different webpage and will be automatically published when you submit your annual report electronically.

Penalties may apply to late filings

Failure to file an annual report by the filing deadline of April 30, 2020, may result in one or more of the following actions applied in addition to any assessment amounts owed, absent good cause shown:

  • The rescission of your company’s certificate or operating authority.
  • A forfeiture of not more than $10,000 per day, pursuant to RC 4905.54

Why does the PUCO require regulated entities to submit annual reports and pay fiscal assessments?

The annual report is the mechanism for calculating the fiscal assessment, which funds the PUCO (R.C. 4905.10) and the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (R.C. 4911.18). Using the intrastate gross revenues as of December 31 of the preceding year, the PUCO calculates the fiscal assessment for each regulated entity, with the minimum statutory assessment of $100 per entity. Annual fiscal assessment invoices will be sent to the company’s fiscal contact designated in the annual report.  

Deadlines for the fiscal assessment

Pursuant to R.C. 4905.10(B), the following timeline applies for fiscal assessment:

  • Entities owing more than $1,000 dollars will receive notice on or before May 15 to pay an initial payment of 50 percent of their previous year’s assessment amount by June 20.
  • On or before October 1, the PUCO will notify all reporting entities of the final assessment amount.
  • Each regulated entity is required to pay the final assessment by November 1.

How to pay annual fiscal assessment:

  • Log in to the PUCO Community. The log in procedure to file annual reports in the PUCO Community changed as of Jan. 21, 2020. Please see PUCO Community page for more information.  
  • Access the Invoices section in the PUCO Community.
  • Select invoice to be paid and provide billing information. There are no additional fees for online payment. If you choose to remit with a paper check, please understand there will be a delay in processing your payment and it may not be processed by the required due date.
  • If you paid the assessment by credit card, return to Invoices section in the PUCO Community to confirm the invoice status is listed as “Closed-Paid”.

Listservs, supplemental schedules and additional information:

All regulated entities should subscribe to the appropriate industry list(s) by going to the Industry Listserv Sign Up, and selecting the appropriate industry service list(s) as shown in the chart below. The use of company mailboxes and multiple addresses should be considered to facilitate email service, and companies should take appropriate action to ensure that electronic mail service from the PUCO is not blocked or disabled.

Industry:

Listserv:

Supplemental
Schedules:

Electric Distribution Utility Companies

ELECTRIC-ENERGY

FERC Form 1

Natural Gas Distribution Companies

GAS-PIPELINE

GDC Schedules
in XLS format

Pipeline Companies

GAS-PIPELINE

None

Certified Retail Electric Service Providers and Governmental Aggregators

ELECTRIC-ENERGY

None

Certified Retail Natural Gas Suppliers and Governmental Aggregators

GAS-PIPELINE

None

Heating and Cooling Companies

ELECTRIC-ENERGY

H&C Schedules

Competitive & Wireless Telecommunications Service Providers

TELEPHONE

None

Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers

TELEPHONE

ILEC Schedule

Waterworks and Sewage Disposal Companies

WATER

W&S Schedules

Railroads

RAILROAD

None

Bridge & Water Transportation Companies

NONE

Water Transport Schedules