NIPSCO’S $1B infrastructure improvement plan open to public comment
POST-TRIBUNE STAFF REPORT September 10, 2013 7:04PM
Consumers can submit written comments through Oct. 4 via the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor website at www.in.gov/oucc/2361.htm, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax at (317) 232-5923 or by mail to Consumer Services Staff, Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, 115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
Updated: October 12, 2013 6:35AM
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is accepting public comments on NIPSCO’s planned $1.07 billion electric infrastructure improvement plan through Oct. 4.
Under the plan, NIPSCO would build new transmission and distribution lines, upgrade existing lines and substations, and replace aging poles, transformers and other infrastructure between 2014 and 2020. Customers would likely see an initial rate increase of 0.4 percent in 2015, with annual rate increases expected to average 0.9 percent each year of the project
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission will hold a technical evidentiary hearing Nov. 12 at the PNC Center in Indianapolis. The hearing is open to the public, but participation is typically limited to attorney and commission questioning of expert witnesses who have filed technical testimony.
Several additional parties have formally intervened in the case and are also expected to file testimony on Oct. 11. They include the Indiana Municipal Utility Group (which includes eight cities and towns in Lake and Porter counties), the LaPorte County Board of Commissioners, the Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana, the Hoosier Environmental Council and the NIPSCO Industrial Group, which includes BP Products North America Inc., Praxair Inc. and USG Corp.
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission must issue a final order in this case no later than Feb. 14, 2014.