Consumer News... For You! November 2023


Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO) has filed a new base rate case for its natural gas utility. The request would raise annual revenues by nearly $161.9 million (16.29%). It would also raise the monthly residential customer service charge from $16.25 to $25.50.

The OUCC is expected to file its recommendations on Jan. 31, 2024. In the meantime, written consumer comments are invited through Jan. 24, 2024. A Commission order is expected in summer 2024.   

I&M Rates

The OUCC continues to invite written consumer comments on Indiana Michigan Power's (I&M) rate request through Nov. 8. Public field hearings were conducted last month in Fort Wayne and South Bend.

The OUCC’s attorneys and technical experts are analyzing I&M’s $116 million request and are scheduled to file testimony with the IURC on Nov. 15. A commission order is expected next spring.

AES Rates

The OUCC is recommending a significant reduction to AES Indiana’s rate request. In June, the utility proposed a $134.2 million annual revenue increase. This includes raising the monthly customer service charge from $16.75 to $25.00.  

The OUCC’s testimony, filed on Oct. 12, recommends limiting the increase to $19.1 million. 14 OUCC witnesses based their recommendations on a 3 ½- month review of AES Indiana’s evidence, and included more than 1,500 written consumer comments with their testimony.

Rebuttal testimony from AES Indiana is due Nov. 8 with an evidentiary hearing scheduled to start on Dec. 4.

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