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UPDATE: The IURC issued an order approving NIPSCO's 7-year gas plan on April 30, 2014. The approval of the plan does not modify rates at this time, with the order directing NIPSCO to file its first rate adjustment request on September 1, 2014.
Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) has filed a new case with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), seeking 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 new law (Senate Enrolled Act 560) passed by the Indiana General Assembly in 2013.
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) has reviewed NIPSCO's proposed plan and filed testimony with the IURC on January 13, 2014:
A brief summary of the new 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. The plan is pending as IURC Cause No. 44403.
According to the utility's testimony and exhibits:
An evidentiary hearing is scheduled to start on February 18, 2014 at the PNC Center in Indianapolis. The IURC has until May 1, 2014 to issue an order.
NIPSCO's electric system and rates are not at issue in this case, with a proposed 7-year electric plan pending in a separate docket.
This page will be updated based on future developments.