For immediate release: Oct 17, 2005
Posted by: [OUCC]
Contact: Anthony Swinger
Phone: 1-888-441-2494

Natural gas deposit rulemaking: State utility consumer advocate files comments

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) today filed initial comments in the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) proceeding to modify deposit and reconnection requirements for the state's regulated natural gas utilities and their customers. While generally supporting most of the IURC's proposed changes to the current rule, the OUCC is recommending:

"We are very concerned about the current, unprecedented costs of natural gas and the impact that high wholesale natural gas costs will have on customers in Indiana and throughout the nation," said Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor Susan L. Macey. "We are also concerned about the cycle of disconnects and reconnects facing many customers, and believe this rulemaking proceeding offers the opportunity to improve the rules using a balanced approach that will benefit both customers and utilities."

In addition to the agency's recommendations, the OUCC today forwarded to the IURC hundreds of unedited written comments received from consumers, organizations and elected officials.

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The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is the state agency that represents the interests of all utility consumers and the public in matters related to the provision of utility services. The agency is active in proceedings before regulatory and legal bodies, and committed to giving consumers a voice in the creation of utility service policy. Residential, commercial and industrial customers with questions or concerns regarding utility service can contact the OUCC toll-free at 1-888-441-2494 or online at www.IN.gov/OUCC.

(IURC Rulemaking No. 05-03)

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