For immediate release: Jun 29, 2010
Posted by: [OUCC]
Contact: Anthony Swinger
Phone: 1-888-441-2494

NIPSCO natural gas rate case

NIPSCO natural gas rate case: Consumer comments invited
Public meetings and hearings scheduled for July 8 in Gary & July 26 in Fort Wayne

Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) customers are invited to comment on the utility's pending request for changes to its natural gas base rates and rate structure.

Two events regarding this case are scheduled for Thursday, July 8, 2010 in Gary, Indiana. Both events will be held at the Genesis Convention Center (1 Genesis Center Plaza):

A second IURC public field hearing and OUCC information meeting in this case are scheduled for Monday, July 26, 2010 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne. The July 26 field hearing in Fort Wayne will begin at 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time, preceded by the OUCC meeting at 5:30 p.m.

Consumers are also invited to submit written comments to the OUCC in this case. The OUCC will file all written comments it receives by August 9, 2010 with the IURC for inclusion in the case's official record.

All written comments should include the consumer's name, mailing address, and a reference to IURC Cause No. 43894. They may be submitted by mail, fax or e-mail, or through the OUCC's Website:

Under NIPSCO's pending request, residential natural gas bills would include a new fixed, monthly $20 charge to pay for operating, maintenance and infrastructure costs.

The OUCC, the state agency representing the interests of all consumers in IURC cases, is reviewing NIPSCO's request and has not yet taken a position in this case. The OUCC is currently scheduled to file testimony on August 16, 2010.

A number of additional parties - including the Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana, industrial customers, and gas supply marketers that participate in the NIPSCO Choice program - have formally intervened in this case through legal counsel. Testimony from intervening parties is also due on August 16, 2010.

For more information on this case, including links to NIPSCO's testimony and exhibits, please visit the OUCC Website at www.in.gov/oucc/2621.htm. The OUCC Website also offers a guide to state utility regulatory proceedings, tips for reducing energy bills, a guide to understanding natural gas prices, and more.

NIPSCO provides natural gas utility service to more than 712,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in 28 northern Indiana counties. NIPSCO's electric rates, charges and service are not at issue in this case.

(IURC Cause No. 43894)

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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