Consumer News... For You! March 2023

March 2023
Winter Moratorium

Indiana's winter disconnection moratorium for electric and natural gas utilities ends on Mar. 15. Customers who are behind on their bills should contact their utilities ASAP to make payment arrangements. If you need - or know someone who needs - financial assistance with bills, Indiana's 2-1-1 help line is available 24/7 and can connect you with local resources.

Fix A Leak Week

Did you know that the average household wastes 10,000 gallons of water each year, resulting in increased water and sewer bills? Just a dripping faucet or leaky toilet can waste more water - and more money - than you might realize. 

Fix a Leak Week is Mar. 20 through 26. It's an annual reminder to check your home or business for any water leaks and get them repaired. Many repairs are inexpensive. The OUCC will be posting tips on social media throughout the week. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram today!

March - East Chicago

An IURC public field hearing in the East Chicago Water rate case is set for Monday, Mar. 6. It will start at 6:00 p.m. local time at East Chicago City Hall. Comments presented at the field hearing will carry the same weight as written consumer comments the OUCC receives by Mar. 22. OUCC testimony is due Mar. 29.

The utility is requesting a three-year, three-phase increase. It would raise a monthly 5,000 gallon residential water bill from $18.66 to $40.39 when fully implemented in 2025.

CenterPoint Wind

The OUCC recently filed testimony recommending that the IURC deny CenterPoint Energy's request to recover costs for a proposed out-of-state wind generation facility. According to the utility's testimony, the project is estimated to cost approximately $636 million and would eventually add $19.86 to a monthly residential bill for 1,000 kWh, not including offsets from the potential sale of renewable energy credits. Cost recovery would not take effect immediately but is expected to be included in CenterPoint Energy's next electric rate case, which it is required to file by the end of this year. 

Additional Case Updates