The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is encouraging
Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) customers to comment on the
utility’s pending environmental compliance construction case.
According to the OUCC, NIPSCO is asking the IURC to approve its proposed
MATS Compliance Plan, which would include the construction, installation,
and operation of new pollution control equipment at NIPSCO’s Bailly,
Michigan City and Schahfer generating stations. The equipment would be
installed on seven generating units at the three facilities, and would
reduce mercury and particulate matter emissions.
In its testimony, the utility states that the project is necessary for
compliance with federal regulations, specifically the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Mercury and Air Toxics (MATS) rule.
NIPSCO is also seeking IURC approval to recover the project’s costs through
rates, with rate adjustments to be made every six months. The utility
currently estimates the project’s construction costsÑnot including
financingÑat approximately $59.2 million.
In its testimony, NIPSCO states that it expects the project to add
approximately $1.07 to the monthly electric bill for an average residential
customer using 688 kilowatt hours (kWh) by 2017.
NIPSCO provides electric utility service to approximately 457,000 customers
throughout northern Indiana. The outcome of this case will only affect the
utility’s electric rates, and will not affect NIPSCO’s natural gas rates and
Public Comment Opportunities
The IURC has scheduled a public field hearing for Monday, April 22, at the
Lake County Government Center Auditorium at 2293 N. Main St. in Crown Point.
At 5:30 p.m. the OUCC will conduct an information session on the regulatory
process. At 6 p.m. the IURC will accept public comments.
The public may speak at the field hearing or send written comments to the
OUCC anytime between now and the close of business on Wednesday, May 1,
¥Sworn oral and written comments regarding the case will be accepted during
the field hearing.
¥Oral and written consumer comments carry equal weight and will become part
of the case’s official evidentiary record.
¥Commissioners are not allowed to answer questions during the field hearing.
(However, OUCC and IURC staff will be available before, during and after the
The OUCCÑwhich represents consumer interests in cases before the IURCÑis
still evaluating this case and is scheduled to file testimony on May 7,
2013. Additional parties who have intervened in this case Ñincluding the
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana (CAC) and the NIPSCO Industrial
GroupÑare also scheduled to file testimony on May 7.
More information on this case is available online at
or by mail, email or fax:
¥Mail: Consumer Services Staff, Indiana Office of Utility Consumer
Counselor, 115 W. Washington St.,
Suite 1500 South, Indianapolis, IN 46204
¥Fax: (317) 232-5923
Written comments the OUCC receives by May 1 will be filed with the
Commission and included in the case’s formal evidentiary record. Comments
should include the consumer’s name, mailing address, and a reference to
“IURC Cause No. 44311.”
Consumers with questions about submitting written comments can contact the
OUCC’s consumer services staff toll-free at (888) 441-2494.