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Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) is seeking Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) approval of a seven-year, $1.33 billion plan for electric transmission and distribution system improvements, including incremental rate recovery of those costs as the projects proceed.
NIPSCO filed its request filed under a law (Senate Enrolled Act 560) passed by the Indiana General Assembly in 2013.
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is reviewing NIPSCO’s request and is scheduled to file testimony on March 24, 2016. The OUCC issued a February 17 news release to invite written consumer comments.
This proceeding is separate from NIPSCO's pending base rate case.
Indiana Code 8-1-39 allows electric and natural gas utilities to submit 7-year infrastructure improvement plans for IURC approval. It requires the IURC to rule within 210 days once such a request is filed.
NIPSCO filed its proposed 7-year electric system improvement plan on December 31, 2015. The plan is pending as IURC Cause No. 44733.
All public filings in the case are available by visiting the IURC's Electronic Document System and entering docket number 44733.
According to the utility's testimony and exhibits:
Previous NIPSCO request
The pending case is NIPSCO's second proposal for a 7-year electric system improvement plan. Its first request received IURC approval but is no longer in effect following further proceedings before the Indiana Court of Appeals and the IURC.
NIPSCO filed its original plan in July 2013, in IURC Cause No. 44370. In a separately filed case, IURC Cause No. 44371, NIPSCO requested establishment of the methodology for calculating rate recovery of future costs.
All filings in the cases are available by visiting the IURC's Electronic Document System and entering the appropriate docket number.
This page will be updated based on future developments.
NIPSCO has received approval of its 7-year natural gas infrastructure plan in a separate case.