Consumer News... For You! May 2023

Bill Assistance

Applications are still being taken through May 15 for the federally funded Energy Assistance Program (EAP) and the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP).

Qualifying consumers can apply online or at a local intake office. There is an office in each Indiana county. Consumers can also call Indiana 2-1-1 to get connected with additional resources. The 2-1-1 help line is reachable 24/7.

Indiana American Water

The OUCC's analysts and attorneys have started reviewing Indiana American Water Company's (IAWC's) newly filed rate case. The utility's requested $86.7 million increase would raise annual revenues by approximately 31 percent. The OUCC will file testimony on July 13.

The utility provides water to about 328,000 customers in 23 counties throughout the state. It also provides sewer utility service in parts of 5 counties. Consumer comments are invited from all IAWC customers. All written comments must be submitted by close of business on July 6.

I&M Generation

Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is requesting Commission approval to purchase and operate two new solar facilities in Indiana, and purchase power from two additional solar facilities. The four projects would have a total capacity of 749 megawatts. The OUCC is scheduled to file testimony on May 19 and is inviting consumer comments through May 12.

In a separate case, I&M is requesting approval to purchase and operate a 210-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Wells County. OUCC testimony is due June 15.

Duke Energy

A settlement agreement resolving certain issues related to Duke Energy's coal ash remediation costs has received Commission approval. It will provide Duke Energy's Indiana customers with $70.25 million in refund credits, and $23.2 million in annual credits going forward.

The agreement stemmed from the Indiana Supreme Court's reversal of part of the utility's last rate case order. 

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