The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is inviting public comments as it reviews Bioenergy Power, LLC's proposal to build and operate an electric generating facility in Clay County.
The OUCC - the state agency representing consumer interests in cases before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) - is reviewing Bioenergy Power's request and has not yet taken a position in this case. Currently, the OUCC anticipates completing its review and filing testimony with the Commission on July 16, 2010.
Bioenergy Power is seeking IURC approval to build and operate a 26-megawatt electric generating facility on County Road 500W, near the intersection with State Road 42. According to the company's testimony, the proposed facility would use waste wood as its fuel and would sell power on the wholesale electricity market under a 20-year purchased power agreement with Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.
An IURC technical evidentiary hearing in this case is currently scheduled for August 11, 2010 in Indianapolis. While evidentiary hearings are open to the public, participation is typically limited to attorney and Commission questioning of technical witnesses that have filed testimony on behalf of the proceeding's formal parties.
All hearing and filing dates are subject to change. A settlement agreement is possible in any legal proceeding; the OUCC attempts to reach a fair settlement for customers in all cases.
Consumers who wish to submit written comments in this case may do so via mail, fax, or the Internet:
Written comments should include the consumer's name, mailing address, and a reference to "IURC Cause No. 43882." The OUCC needs to receive all comments in this case no later than July 13, 2010.
Issues under examination in this case include the proposed plant's impact on the wholesale electric transmission system, on Indiana utilities, on customer rates, and on future electric needs for Indiana consumers. The OUCC is also reviewing the impact such a facility may have on non-electric utilities (including water and sewer), among other factors. In a separate proceeding, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) issued a construction and operating permit for the Clay County facility on March 16, 2010.
For more information on this case, including links to the company's testimony and exhibits, please visit the OUCC Website at www.in.gov/oucc/2623.htm.
The OUCC offers a guide to state utility regulatory proceedings at www.in.gov/oucc/2369.htm.
(IURC Cause No. 43882)
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) represents Indiana consumer interests before state and federal bodies that regulate utilities. As a state agency, the OUCC's mission is to represent all Indiana consumers to ensure quality, reliable utility services at the most reasonable prices possible through dedicated advocacy, consumer education, and creative problem solving. To learn more, visit www.IN.gov/OUCC.
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