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Indiana's five investor-owned electric utilities offered five core energy efficiency programs under the Energizing Indiana initiative - a statewide collaborative including the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC), other consumer organizations, and utilities - from 2012 through 2014

All Indiana investor owned electric utilities have received Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) approval to continue energy efficiency programs through 2015, with each utility managing its respective programs. The cases and their respective cause numbers (including links to the final orders) are:

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.

 

Previous investigation

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.

 

Core programs

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:

  • Residential lighting program (focusing on incentives for Energy Star-qualified lighting)

  • Home energy audit program (on-site, walk-through home energy audits with recommendations for reducing energy and installing low-cost efficiency measures - such as compact fluorescent light bulbs, low-flow showerheads, and draft shields for electric outlets - for customers who are interested)

  • Low income weatherization program (comprehensive energy efficiency upgrades for income-eligible homes)

  • Energy efficient schools program (energy efficiency kits and education for K-12 students, along with energy audits of school buildings)

  • Commercial and industrial program (including incentives for lighting, HVAC equipment, high-efficiency motors and other energy-saving technologies)

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.

 

Oversight

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:

  • The OUCC
  • Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana (CAC)
  • Indiana Industrial Group
  • Duke Energy Indiana
  • Indiana Michigan Power (I&M)
  • Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA)
  • Indianapolis Power & Light Co. (IPL)
  • Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO)
  • Vectren Energy Delivery

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