Consumer News... For You! December 2022

Dec. 2022
Winter Reminders

Higher heating costs are projected this winter, but it is not too late to prepare. Getting a furnace tune-up, changing the filter, & making sure rugs & furniture are not blocking your vents are 3 of the steps you can take now. 

If you have concerns about your bills, contact your utilities now to make payment arrangements. It is crucial to make the call sooner rather than later.

If you need financial assistance or know someone who may qualify, the state’s 211 helpline is available around the clock. A simple call to the 3-digit 2-1-1 code can connect Hoosiers in all 92 counties with local & federally funded resources for assistance with energy & water bills.

Indiana law prohibits electric & natural gas utilities from disconnecting certain customers during the winter. The moratorium only applies to households who qualify & have applied for help from the federally-funded Energy Assistance Program.

NIPSCO Public Comments

The OUCC is inviting written public comments in the NIPSCO electric rate case.

In addition, the IURC has scheduled 2 public field hearings, where customers will be able to speak for the case record:

  • Hammond: Dec. 12, 2022
    Purdue University Northwest
    Student Union & Library - Alumni Hall
    2233 173rd St., Hammond, IN 46323
    6 p.m. Local Time

  • Valparaiso: Jan. 4, 2023
    Valparaiso High School
    Auditorium (Enter through Door 1 or Door 31)
    2727 N. Campbell St. Valparaiso, IN 46385
    6 p.m. Local Time

Spoken comments at the field hearings will carry the same weight as written comments the OUCC receives by Jan. 13, 2023. All comments received before the deadline will filed as evidence with the Commission.

The OUCC's attorneys & technical experts are analyzing NIPSCO's request & are scheduled to file testimony with the Commission on Jan. 20, 2023. A Commission order is expected next summer. 

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