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Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) has filed a new case with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), seeking approval of a long-term plan for natural gas transmission, distribution and storage system improvements, including incremental rate recovery of those costs as the projects proceed. The utility refers to the program as its Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Plan.
NIPSCO filed its request filed under a new law (Senate Enrolled Act 560) passed by the Indiana General Assembly in 2013.
Consumers are invited to send comments on the plan and expected future rate increases to the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC).
A brief summary of the new law
Indiana Code 8-1-39 allows electric and natural gas utilities to submit 7-year infrastructure improvement plans for IURC approval. It requires the IURC to rule within 210 days once such a request is filed.
NIPSCO filed its 7-year natural gas system improvement plan on October 3, 2013. The plan is pending as IURC Cause No. 44403.
According to the utility's testimony and exhibits:
NIPSCO's electric system and rates are not at issue in this case, with a proposed 7-year electric plan pending in a separate docket.
All public filings in the case are available by visiting the IURC's Electronic Document System and entering docket number 44403.
OUCC review, timeline & consumer input
The OUCC is reviewing NIPSCO's 7-year gas plan and anticipates filing testimony with the IURC on January 10, 2014. The IURC has until May 1, 2014 to issue an order.
Written consumer comments are invited and can be sent to the OUCC by mail, fax or email, or through the agency's website. Comments received by January 3, 2014 will be filed with the IURC for inclusion in the case's formal evidentiary record. For more information, please see the agency's November 7, 2013 news release.
This page will be updated based on future developments.