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CenterPoint Energy Electric Rate Case

CenterPoint Energy's electric utility is requesting a three-phase rate increase in a IURC Cause No. 45590. The utility's request would raise annual revenues by approximately $118.8 million (16%).

The OUCC is recommending a substantial reduction to CenterPoint Energy's request in testimony filed on Mar. 12, 2024. The legal and technical analysis by the OUCC shows that an increase of $33.2 million (4.5%) is warranted based on the case's evidence and applicable law, primarily due to major capital improvements that have received preapproval in prior IURC cases

The case's procedural schedule outlines the expected schedule. Additional dates include:

  • Apr. 9, 2024: CenterPoint Energy is scheduled to file rebuttal testimony.
  • Apr. 30, 2024: An IURC evidentiary hearing begins. The hearing's purpose is to allow for attorney cross-examination and Commission questioning of technical witnesses who have filed testimony for the case's formal parties. Most evidentiary hearings are streamed live on the Commission's website.
  • June/July 2024: Closing briefs are due from the formal parties.
  • Fall 2024: A Commission order is expected.

Most rate cases take approximately 300 days to complete, and a final order from the IURC is not expected until this fall 2024. The OUCC's timeline outlines the steps in the process.

Natural gas rates and services are not at issue in this case.

All publicly filed documents in this case (Cause No. 45990) are available on the IURC's website.

  • Utility Testimony (Initial Request)

    CenterPoint Energy filed its petition and the following testimony on Dec. 5, 2023:

    1. Leger
    2. Behme
    3. Gray
    4. Rawlinson
    5. Folz
    6. Maurer
    7. Bradford
    8. Bahr
    9. Wood
    10. Williford
    11. Kopp
    12. Spanos
    13. Bulkley
    14. Story
    15. Jerasa
    16. Russo
    17. Forshey
    18. Taylor
    19. Rice

    The utility's accounting work papers and additional exhibits are posted on the Commission's website.

  • Public Comments

    The OUCC issued a Jan. 29, 2024 news release to invite comments.

    Written Comments

    Consumers who wish to submit written comments for the case record may do so via the OUCC’s online submission form, by email at uccinfo@oucc.in.gov, or by mail at:

    Public Comments
    Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC)
    115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 SOUTH
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

    The OUCC needs to receive all written consumer comments by Mar. 5, 2024.

    Public Hearing

    The IURC has scheduled a public field hearing in this case for Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, at the Old National Events Center Plaza (715 Locust Street, Evansville) in the Locust Room. The hearing will include 2 sessions: an afternoon session beginning at 2 p.m. local time, and an evening session beginning at 6:00 p.m. local time.

    Comments offered at the field hearing will carry the same weight as written consumer comments the OUCC receives by March 5.

    A copy of the OUCC's informational handout provided at the Feb. 29 hearing is available here.

  • OUCC Testimony

    In the following testimony, the OUCC recommends denial of the utility's request to raise its flat monthly customer charge for residential and small commercial customers. The OUCC's recommendations would also reduce the utility's 10.4% authorized return on equity to 8.8%:

    1. Eckert
    2. Latham
    3. Lantrip
    4. Baker
    5. Compton
    6. Stull
    7. Armstrong
    8. Wright
    9. Krieger
    10. Dellinger
    11. Garrett
    12. Dismukes
    13. Paronish

    Along with its testimony, the OUCC has filed more than 2,300 written consumer comments for the case's formal record. In addition, 78 consumers spoke at the IURC's Feb. 29, 2024 public field hearing in Evansville.

    The OUCC's Mar. 13, 2024 media release has additional information.

    All publicly filed documents in this case (Cause No. 45990), including testimony from intervening parties, are available on the IURC's website.

This page will be updated based on case developments.

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