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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 on January 2, 2012. Program participation is voluntary and there are no charges to sign up. However, by law, the initiative will conclude at the end of 2014.
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.
These efforts are known in the utility industry and in regulatory cases as demand side management (DSM) programs.
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. The utilities also need to meet annual, incremental targets in the meantime.
The five core programs required in the order are:
While the participating utilities are required to offer the core programs, customer participation is voluntary.
Independent third-party administrators are overseeing the 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:
A law approved during the Indiana General Assembly’s 2014 session (Senate Enrolled Act 340) will end the Energizing Indiana initiative by December 31, 2014. The law requires the IURC to conduct a comprehensive study of energy efficiency, and to present the study to the state legislature by August 15, 2014.
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 five Indiana investor-owned electric utilities filed testimony on May 9, 2014, with the OUCC and other parties filing testimony on May 23, 2014. The Commission issued its order on June 30, 2014.
The case will also address related policy issues; the OUCC and other parties filed lists of proposed issues by May 19, 2014. To review filings in the case, visit the IURC's electronic document system and enter docket number 44441.
All five Indiana investor owned electric utilities have recently filed cases regarding energy efficiency programs:
This information will be updated as warranted.