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NIPSCO seeks IURC approval to extend electric efficiency programs

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The Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) is petitioning the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) to extend the availability of the company’s electric energy efficiency programs.

“The programs outlined in the plan--available to all NIPSCO electric customers--will replace the state-wide Energizing Indiana programs which are set to expire at the end of 2014,” NIPSCO said in a statement released today.

“Continuing to offer ways for our customers to help save energy and manage their bills is important,” NIPSCO CEO Jim Stanley said. “This proposal outlines a variety of cost-effective programs that are tailored to meet the diverse needs of our customers across northern Indiana.”

NIPSCO has been providing electric energy efficiency programs since 2009. Under the new plan, popular residential programs such as the Energy Efficiency Rebate Program, the New Construction Program and Low Income Weatherization Program will continue.

But NIPSCO is proposing to combine the Home Energy Assessment and Weatherization Program “in an effort to streamline these offerings, making it easier for customers to participate,” the statement said.

An expanded pilot program for income-qualified customers is also part of the plan.

“Through these programs, NIPSCO expects residential customers to save 49.5 million kilowatt hours (hWh) in 2015,” NIPSCO said.

“An opt-out provision for larger commercial and industrial customers is also included, as many of NIPSCO’s large customers have already implemented and continue to invest in energy efficiency measures outside of the standard utility programs,” the statement said. “However, NIPSCO will continue to offer interested industrial customers incentive programs for saving electricity, including the Commercial & Industrial Custom Program, the Commercial & Industrial Prescriptive Program and a Small Business Direct Install Program for NIPSCO's smaller commercial customers.”

“Changes to NIPSCO’s energy efficiency programs for gas customers are not being proposed in this filing,” NIPSCO added.

The IURC must review and approve the plan, in addition to input from other customer stakeholder groups, including the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC).

For information about all energy efficiency offerings available to NIPSCO customers, visit


Posted 6/2/2014