In the most recent IURC survey of residential electric utility rates, Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) ranked eighth among the 14 electric utilities under IURC jurisdiction.
As of July 2016, nearly 91 percent of a typical IPL residential customer’s bill paid the base rate (which traditionally covers most infrastructure and operating/maintenance costs) with the remaining 9 percent recovered through rate adjustment “trackers,” as described below.*
IURC Cause No. 44893
IURC Cause Nos. 44576/44602
IPL's previous request for a general rate increase and the IURC's investigation of IPL's network facilities were consolidated into one case. The IURC issued its final orders on March 16, 2016 & March 23, 2016.
The OUCC filed testimony on July 27, 2015. For a summary, please see the agency's news release.
In February 2015, the IURC ruled on IPL's request regarding a proposed electric car sharing program for Indianapolis (Cause No. 44478).
IPL is requesting approval of projects at its Petersburg Generating Station, aimed at compliance with the US EPA's National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) rule and Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) rule. The case is pending as IURC Cause No. 44794.
Previous cases of note include:
- IURC approval for a $511 million plan to install new pollution control equipment at IPL's Petersburg and Harding Street generating stations (Cause No. 44242).
- Approval for IPL to build and operate a new natural gas-fired generating facility in Morgan County, and to convert two coal-fired generating units (Units 5 & 6) at its Harding Street station to natural gas (Cause No. 44339).
- Approval for IPL to convert Harding Street Unit 7 from coal to natural gas (Cause No. 44540).
In addition to base rates, IPL and other electric utilities recover and credit separate, specific costs through rate adjustment mechanisms known as "trackers." Rate adjustments via trackers are reviewed by the OUCC and approved by the IURC on a quarterly, semi-annual or annual basis.
IPL uses the following trackers:
Tracker Recovers Costs for Frequency IURC Cause No. Fuel Adjustment Clause (FAC) Coal and other fuels Quarterly 38703 Environmental Cost Recovery (ECR) Emissions control equipment (including operations & maintenance) Quarterly 42170 Demand Side Management (DSM) Energy efficiency programs Semi-Annual 43623 Green Power Rider (GPR) Program allowing customers to voluntarily buy renewable energy credits Semi-Annual 44121 Off-System Sales (OSS) Sales to the wholesale power market Annual 44795 Capacity Adjustment Factor (CAP) Capacity cost recovery Annual 44795 Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) Participation in Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) Annual 44808
All publicly filed documents in tracker cases can be reviewed by visiting the IURC's electronic document system and entering the appropriate cause number.
* Rankings and examples refer to monthly usage of 1,000 kWh in the IURC’s 2016 Residential Bill Survey, based on July 1, 2016 billings.