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Vectren’s electric utility serves six southwestern Indiana counties. Its residential electric rates rank highest among the electric utilities the IURC regulates, as of July 1, 2015.
Major components in a typical electric bill include base rates, trackers, and sales taxes.
Base rates cover most of a utility’s operating and maintenance costs. They make up about 99 percent of a typical Vectren residential electric bill.
To view the rate case's public file, click here and enter docket number 43839.
In addition to base rates, Vectren and other electric utilities recover and credit separate, specific costs through rate adjustment mechanisms known as "trackers." The OUCC reviews all tracker rate adjustments in IURC cases on a regular basis.
Vectren is authorized to use 5 electric trackers. They make up about 1 percent of a residential customer’s typical bill.
Tracker Recovers Costs for Frequency IURC Cause No. Fuel Adjustment Clause (FAC) Coal and other fuels Quarterly 38708 Environmental Cost Recovery (ECR) Emissions control equipment (including operations & maintenance) Semi-Annual 42861 Demand Side Management (DSM) Energy efficiency programs Semi-Annual 43405 Reliability Cost & Revenue Adjustment (RCRA) Capacity resources needed for system reliability Semi-Annual 43406 MISO Cost & Revenue Adjustment (MCRA) Participation in Midcontinent Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO) Semi-Annual 43354
To view the IURC public files in tracker cases, click here and enter the appropriate docket number.
In addition, Vectren is seeking approval of a new energy efficiency plan that would increase rates over the next two years.
The seven percent state sales tax applies to all Indiana electric utilities.
* Rankings and examples refer to monthly usage of 1,000 kWh in the IURC’s 2015 Residential Bill Survey.