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Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor

OUCC > Natural Gas > Natural Gas Cases of Note > Citizens Energy Group Investigation Citizens Energy Group Investigation

On March 19, 2014, the IURC opened an investigation into Citizens Energy Group "including the billing practices and compliance with approved rules and regulations."

The investigation is pending as Cause No. 44462. On June 12, 2014, the IURC released its final issues list (8 pages) for the case.

Citizens Energy Group filed its testimony in the case on July 21, 2014:

The OUCC filed testimony (246 pages) on August 12, 2014, recommending that Citizens:

  • Not be allowed to seek reimbursement for $2.54 million in low-income assistance funds that were erroneously paid to water, sewer or Utility Shield customers.
  • Contribute $2.54 million in the upcoming winter heating season to low-income customer gas bills, in addition to the normal funding the utility is required to contribute to the Universal Service Program fund.
  • No longer promote the Utility Shield line protection product with the utility's name or logo.

Citizens filed its rebuttal on August 26, 2014.

An IURC evidentiary hearing is scheduled for September 26, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 224 of the PNC Center (101 W. Washington St. in Indianapolis). The Commission has issued a docket entry in advance of the hearing.

A request for a public field hearing is pending before the IURC.

This page will be updated based on case developments.

All publicly filed documents in this case are available by visiting the IURC's electronic document system and entering docket number 44462.

Consumers who would like to submit written comments regarding the investigation may send them to the OUCC. If you have an immediate concern regarding billing or service, or another dispute with the utility, please contact the IURC Consumer Affairs Division.

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