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The Commission approved settlement agreements the OUCC negotiated with I&M, Vectren, and Duke Energy that will save customers up to more than 6.6 million dollars in reduced incentives (as compared to the utilities' original proposals). In the NIPSCO case, the OUCC recommended approval of the utility's request.
In addition, IURC Cause No. 44441 is the Commission’s investigation “into the implementation of Senate Enrolled Act 340 with respect to the opt out of an industrial customer from a regulated electric utility energy efficiency program and other related matters.” The Commission opened the case on June 30, 2014 and issued its final order on September 3, 2014.
To review filings in any of the cases, visit the IURC's electronic document system and enter the respective docket number.
Energy efficiency efforts are known in the utility industry and in regulatory cases as demand side management (DSM) programs.
In an order issued on December 9, 2009, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) concluded a five-year investigation of DSM programs throughout the state, their overall effectiveness, and ways to possibly improve them. Since then, the OUCC and other stakeholders have worked aggressively with the state's electric utilities to implement a consistent approach to energy efficiency.
The IURC order (in Cause No. 42693) required all electric utilities under Commission jurisdiction to participate in the DSM efforts and achieve targeted annual savings in total electric sales.
The five core programs required in the order were:
The programs were offered under the Energizing Indiana brand since being launched from 2012 through 2014. While the participating utilities were required to offer the core programs, customer participation was voluntary.
Independent third-party administrators have overseen the Energizing Indiana programs and continue to measure their effectiveness.
The OUCC and all other members of the DSM coordination committee established under the 2009 order developed two requests for proposals (RFPs) for consideration by the IURC - one for an independent third-party administrator to oversee and coordinate the core programs and a second RFP for a third party administrator to evaluate, measure and verify the programs offered by the utilities.
The coordination committee included: