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Indiana's five investor-owned electric utilities are offering five core energy efficiency programs under the Energizing Indiana initiative. Energizing Indiana - a statewide collaborative including the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC), other consumer organizations, and utilities - was launched in 2012. By law, the initiative will conclude at the end of 2014 with some of its programs to be phased out in the coming weeks.
All Indiana investor owned electric utilities have requested Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) approval to continue energy efficiency programs through 2015, with each utility managing its respective programs. The cases and their respective cause numbers are:
A settlement agreement in the Vectren case received IURC approval on October 15, 2014 and will save customers up to more than two million dollars in reduced incentives (as compared to the utility's original proposal).
Cases for the other 4 utilities are pending, including settlement agreements in the Duke Energy and I&M cases. The OUCC has recommended approval of NIPSCO's energy efficiency request.
In addition, IURC Cause No. 44441 is the Commission’s investigation “into the implementation of Senate Enrolled Act 340 with respect to the opt out of an industrial customer from a regulated electric utility energy efficiency program and other related matters.” The Commission opened the case on June 30, 2014 and issued its final order on September 3, 2014.
To review filings in any of the cases, visit the IURC's electronic document system and enter the respective docket number.
Energy efficiency efforts are known in the utility industry and in regulatory cases as demand side management (DSM) programs.
In an order issued on December 9, 2009, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) concluded a five-year investigation of DSM programs throughout the state, their overall effectiveness, and ways to possibly improve them. Since then, the OUCC and other stakeholders have worked aggressively with the state's electric utilities to implement a consistent approach to energy efficiency.
The IURC order (in Cause No. 42693) required all electric utilities under Commission jurisdiction to participate in the DSM efforts and achieve a two percent annual savings in total electric sales by 2019. Annual, incremental targets in the meantime were also established.
The five core programs required in the order are:
The programs have been offered under the Energizing Indiana brand since being launched on January 2, 2012.
While the participating utilities have been required to offer the core programs, customer participation is voluntary.
Independent third-party administrators are overseeing the Energizing Indiana programs and measuring their effectiveness.
The OUCC and all other members of the DSM coordination committee established under the 2009 order developed two requests for proposals (RFPs) for consideration by the IURC - one for an independent third-party administrator to oversee and coordinate the core programs and a second RFP for a third party administrator to evaluate, measure and verify the programs offered by the utilities.
The coordination committee includes:
This information will be updated as warranted.