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Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) has received Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) approval of a long-term plan for Natural Gas transmission, distribution and storage system improvements, including incremental rate recovery of those costs as the projects proceed. The utility refers to the program as its Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Plan.
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's (OUCC's) testimony is summarized in the agency's January 25, 2014 news release. An OUCC news release inviting written consumer comments was issued on November 7, 2013.
The IURC issued an order approving NIPSCO's 7-year gas plan on April 30, 2014. The order has been appealed to the Indiana Court of Appeals.
On August 28, 2014, NIPSCO filed its first rate adjustment request under the approved plan.
A brief summary of the 2013 law
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 7-year natural gas system improvement plan on October 3, 2013, in IURC Cause No. 44403. According to the utility's testimony and exhibits:
NIPSCO has received approval of a 7-year electric infrastructure plan in a separate case.
All filings in the cases are available by visiting the IURC's Electronic Document System and entering the appropriate docket number.