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Turning Point 49.9 MW solar PV project in Noble County (OH) with AEP all but dead; IndianaDG looked at it ‘longingly’ January 17, 2013

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Dear IndianaDG Readers:

There has been much speculation about whether the Turning Point solar project with American Electric Power (AEP) in Ohio would receive the “green light” from the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO). I am not an insider on this project by any means but I have been asking solar companies in Ohio about the prospects for this project with AEP for some time.

During the Indiana Michigan Power Company (I&M) general rate case before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) in Cause No. 44075. See https://indianadg.wordpress.com/iurc/indiana-utility-rate-cases/indiana-michigan-power-company-aep-44075/. That case is now completed and awaiting a decision by the IURC.  Inovateus Solar interevened and offered the testimony of Joseph Jancauskas urging that I&M develop and offer more renewable energy programs. In their concluding filings in this case I recall that Inovateus Solar advocated that the IURC create a “Green Energy” sub-docket to explore this.

Many of us here in Indiana following the Turning Point solar project with AEP in Ohio looked at this project longingly. Therefore, I am disappointed that the PUCO has rejected this proposed project at this point. Clearly, I plan to obtain and read the order on this matter and to try to understand what happened. In the meantime, if you have any information or a perspective on this recent action by the PUCO I would appreciate hearing it. OK? There seems to be more than just a little politics surrounding this.

Laura Ann Arnold

P.S. Please see next blog post: PUCO chief blasts ‘green’ energy on Twitter. This only gets better people.

Turning Point solar project in Noble County all but dead.

By      Dan Gearino     

The Columbus Dispatch Wednesday January 9, 2013 7:59 PM

 A plan that was to give Ohio the largest solar array east of the Rockies is now all but dead, potentially costing hundreds of jobs.
American Electric Power is saying that actions today by regulators make it difficult to see how the 49.9 megawatt project near Zanesville can ever come together.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio voted 3-1 yesterday to strip the Turning Point Solar plan from a larger report about AEP’s projected power needs. The majority wrote that AEP didn’t prove the project is needed, and left it up to AEP to provide further justification.

While the commission says it remains open to exploring ways to make Turning Point happen, AEP spokeswoman Terri Flora says the vote is a severe blow that undoes years of work.

“‘Disappointed’ is the word I would use,” she said. “This is a missed opportunity.”

The Ohio Democratic Party and environmental groups seized on the decision, calling it  a job-killer and an abandonment of clean energy.

“This ruling is a slap in the face to clean energy, new jobs, and southeast Ohio,” Brian Kaiser, director of green jobs at the Ohio Environmental Council, said in a statement.
While AEP was to be the key buyer of power from the project, the developers were several other companies.

AEP was hoping the PUCO would allow the utility to pay for electricity from the project by making all customers pay for a portion of the costs through a new charge in utility bills. Previously, the agency has said it would allow charges like this if there was a clear need and if the free market was not going to provide a similar resource. The PUCO’s staff had said the project was needed, part of a larger agreement with AEP.

The PUCO’s governing board decided to reject its staff’s advice, an action that leaves AEP with no clear method of paying for the project. Steve Lesser, the only Democrat on the panel, cast the dissenting vote.

The larger issue is Ohio’s continuing movement toward energy deregulation, which means projects like this would no longer be paid for by mandatory charges. Several business groups urged the commission to reject AEP’s plan because it would go against the idea of free markets.

If the PUCO had approved the plan, it would likely have been challenged in court, and the opponents felt good about their chances.

Turning Point, estimated at one time to cost $250 million, was announced in October 2010 with much fanfare by AEP and then-Gov. Ted Strickland in the closing weeks of a gubernatorial campaign. He said it would lead to 300 permanent manufacturing jobs and 300 construction jobs.

Isofoton, a Spanish solar-components company, chose Napoleon, Ohio, as the site for a factory partly to be near Turning Point. The plant is now open with a small number of employees, with plans to ramp up to 300. It is not clear how the PUCO action will affect those plans.

Critics suggested that Turning Point’s main purpose was to promote Strickland.

“It had all the trappings of a political stunt to begin with,” said Sam Randazzo, an attorney for Industrial Energy Users-Ohio, which has argued against the project.

The Ohio Democratic Party is blaming Gov. John Kasich, Strickland’s opponent in that election, for what has happened. Chris Redfern, the party chairman, noted that one of the project’s leading opponents is FirstEnergy, which is a key Kasich donor.

“It’s deeply disappointing that Gov. Kasich has given the appearance his administration is more interested in rewarding his campaign donors than supporting a project that would create more than 600 jobs, including many for veterans,” he said.

Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said in response: “We respect the independence of the commission, and its decision today had nothing to do with us. The PUCO enforced the rules that the previous administration and environmentalists wrote, yet they now want to change the rules of the game because they didn’t like the outcome. Perhaps these people should simply recognize the PUCO’s independence and let them do their job.”

dgearino@dispatch.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Winchester Council proceeds with plan to build wind turbine October 8, 2012

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Dear IndianaDG Readers:

When I read this newspaper article, I thought it was too good to be true. The article seems to say that Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) which is an operating subsidiary of American Electric Power (AEP) has agreed to a feed-in tariff (FIT) contract with the City of Winchester, Indiana. Unbelievable, I thought. WOW!

I wanted to know more so I contacted Performance Services Business Development Manager Tony Kuykendall this morning. First of all, I need to say that the Winchester has not awarded the bid yet for this wind turbine project. Second, according to Tony Winchester is still negotiating with I&M on the proposed contract to sell the electricity from the wind turbine to I&M. So any details concerning the length or terms and conditions of the proposed contract are premature.

As Paul Harvey used to say and here is “the rest of the story”. 🙂

Laura Ann Arnold

Original story: http://www.winchesternewsgazette.com/articles/2012/10/03/news/doc506b5099e526a397167930.txt

By BILL RICHMOND City editor

Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 4:40 PM EDT

Winchester City Council Monday opened bids to construct an electricity-generating wind turbine at Vision Industrial Park and approved the third and final reading of an ordinance permitting the lease of Vision Park property by the Winchester Redevelopment Authority until the bonds are paid off.

The project’s goals are to reduce the city’s operating costs and to create a new revenue source for the city. The project calls for installation of a 850 kW Gamesa turbine. The 3-blade turbine will be 306 feet high with the blades extended.

Performance Services Business Development Manager Tony Kuykendall at council’s Sept. 17 meeting said the revenue stream from the turbine will pay for the bond obligation without any tax dollars being used. The city has a feed-in tariff agreement with Indiana Michigan Power (AEP) that establishes a specific rate the utility will pay for renewable power that is guaranteed for 20 years with a 2.5 percent annual escalation. The turbine will deliver power to the Indiana-Michigan distribution system and the city will be paid revenues according to the feed-in tariff.

Watch Indiana Michigan Power Rate Increase Hearings at IURC June 18-29 June 19, 2012

Posted by Laura Arnold in American Electric Power (AEP), Indiana Michigan Power Company (I&M), Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC).
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Evidentiary hearings presenting information by the Office of the Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) and Intervenors as well as rebuttal testimony by Indiana Michigan Power in their rate increase case before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) in Cause No. 44075 started yesterday (6/18/2012) and will continue each day at 9:30 am through June 29.

Testimony in this rate case was prefiled by the OUCC, the cities of South Bend and Fort Wayne, Inovateus Solar and others.

Those wishing to watch the hearings on-line should visit http://www.in.gov/iurc/2624.htm

Testimony was prefiled and can be found by visiting https://myweb.in.gov/IURC/eds/, then <Search Cases> and then entering the Docket Number 44075. Please note that the prefiled testimony is quite voluminous.

ENJOY!

Public Field Hearings Announced for Indiana Michigan Power Rate Increase (Cause No. 44075) March 7, 2012

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The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) filed Docket Entries yesterday (3/6/2012) setting the three public field hearings in the Indiana Michigan Power (an operating subsidiary of American Electric Power or AEP) rate case in Cause No. 44075 as follows:

  • Monday, April 23, 2012 starting at 6:00 pm in the Grand Wayne Center, 120 S. Jefferson Blvd., Ft. Wayne, IN 46802
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2012 starting at 6:00 pm in the South Bend Century Center, 120 S. St. Joseph Street, South Bend, IN 46601
  • Wednesday, April 25, 2012 starting at 6:00 pm in the Muncie City Hall Auditorium, 300 N. High Street, Muncie, IN 47305

All the public field hearings are open to the public.

If an accomodation is required to allow an individual with a disability to participate, please contact the Office of the Executive Secretary of the IURC at (317) 232-2701 or TDD (317) 232-8556 at least 48 hours in advance.

For more information about this I&M rate case please see http://wp.me/pMRZi-Cq and http://wp.me/PMRZi-yB.

IURC Hearing on Indiana Michigan Power Rate Case Starts Today –Feb. 20 at 9:30 am EST; Watch On-line February 20, 2012

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FYI: The IURC streaming video is down right now but they are trying to fix it. Check back periodicially to see if the problem is fixed so that you can watch on-line. Laura Ann Arnold

Hearing Set For I&M Rate Case

InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor’s first evidentiary hearing in the Indiana Michigan Power rate case begins Monday. I&M’s requested increase would raise some customers’ monthly bills by approximately 25 percent. The utility serves more than 450,000 Indiana customers.

To watch on-line, go to http://www.in.gov/iurc/2624.htm Hearing is scheduled to start today at 9:30 am and continue for the next two weeks if needed.

February 17, 2012

News Release

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) and other consumer parties will start cross examining Indiana Michigan Power Company’s (I&M’s) rate case witnesses on Monday, February 20.

Twenty-two I&M witnesses have filed testimony in the utility’s pending base rate case before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC). The IURC’s first evidentiary hearing in the rate case starts Monday in Indianapolis and is expected to last several days.

“The evidentiary hearing is a critical step in this case as the OUCC continues to question I&M on its request and develop recommendations,” said Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor David Stippler. “While this hearing will focus on attorney cross-examination and Commission questioning of I&M’s technical witnesses, I urge I&M customers to make the most of the opportunities they have to make their voices heard.”

I&M’s requested base rate increase, according to its testimony and exhibits, would raise the monthly bill for a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) by 25.38 percent.

The rate case (IURC Cause No. 44075) is one of several I&M cases that may have a significant, cumulative impact on I&M customer bills. Separately from the rate case:

  •  I&M is seeking rate recovery for new pollution control equipment at its Rockport Generating Facility (in IURC Cause No. 44033). The utility’s testimony in that case does not specify how the $1.4 billion Rockport project would affect Indiana customer bills, with I&M scheduled to file additional testimony in late April.
  • I&M is also expected to request IURC approval of a Life Cycle Management project for its D.C. Cook Nuclear Plant this year. In its rate case testimony, I&M estimates the Cook project costs at “less than $2 billion.”

I&M customers may comment in the rate case in either or both of two ways:

1. By attending and speaking at one of the IURC’s public field hearings. These will be held in Fort Wayne, South Bend and Muncie on upcoming dates to be determined.

2. By sending written comments to the OUCC. Comments the OUCC receives by April 20, 2012 will be filed with the IURC, to be included in the case’s formal evidentiary record.

The OUCC invites consumer comments through the agency’s Website at http://www.in.gov/oucc/2361.htm, and 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

• email: uccinfo@oucc.IN.gov

• Fax: (317) 232-5923

Written comments should include the consumer’s name, mailing address, and a reference to “IURC Cause No. 44075.”

“Whether consumers wish to write to us, attend a field hearing, or both, we want to hear from them,” said Stippler. “While the OUCC’s attorneys and technical experts are examining I&M’s rate case very closely, consumer input is extremely important to this process.”

The OUCC is scheduled to complete its technical and legal review of I&M’s request and file testimony on April 27, 2012.

Other parties that have intervened in this case (including the cities of South Bend and Fort Wayne, a number of I&M’s industrial customers, and the Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana) are also scheduled to file testimony on April 27. Witnesses for the OUCC and other consumer parties will face cross-examination and Commission questioning at an evidentiary hearing to be held in June.

For more information on the base rate case and other I&M cases, please visit the OUCC’s Website at www.in.gov/oucc/2680.htm.

I&M, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Electric Power (AEP), provides service to approximately 458,000 customers in 24 Indiana counties.

(IURC Cause No. 44075)

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) represents Indiana consumer interests before state and federal bodies that regulate utilities. As a state agency, the OUCC’s mission is to represent all Indiana consumers to ensure quality, reliable utility services at the most reasonable prices possible through dedicated advocacy, consumer education, and creative problem solving. To learn more, visit www.IN.gov/OUCC

Source: Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor

City of South Bend to test high energy efficiency street lights with grant from Wells Fargo January 25, 2012

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South Bend to test high-efficiency street lights

Grant paying for pilot program.

By KEVIN ALLEN

South Bend Tribune

5:29 PM EST, January 19, 2012

SOUTH BEND — The city is testing an idea that could lighten its electric bills.

Thanks to an $18,750 grant from Wells Fargo, city officials are going to see if a new technology can cut the amount of power needed to light South Bend’s streets.

Jon Burke, the city’s municipal energy director, said Thursday that the city will use about two-thirds of that money to install induction lights in some areas of down-town. The other third will be spent on urban-agriculture programs in the city.

Burke said induction lighting consumes about half the energy of conventional lighting.

He said the pilot project could grow into a larger partnership with Indiana Michigan Power to replace about 13,000 street lights throughout South Bend. The city pays about $85,000 a month to light city streets.

“If we can deploy this kind of technology,” Burke said, “in the long term, once the capital investment is paid off, we could potentially save a very large portion of that $85,000 per month.”

Induction lights also re-quire less maintenance, Burke said, because they have a longer life than conventional and LED lights.

The lighting project is part of an effort to devise a larger strategic energy plan for the city. Mayor Pete Buttigieg said that plan will be rolled out later this year.

Burke said the goal for the urban-agriculture portion of the grant is to support a gardening group in each quadrant of the city.

Staff writer Kevin Allen:
kallen@sbtinfo.com
574-235-6244

Procedural schedule established for I&M rate case in Cause 44075 October 25, 2011

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Dear Blog Readers:

To make it easier to follow the recent rate increase request filed by Indiana Michigan Power Company (I&M), I have created a new page on the blog. For details on the procedural schedule established last week at the prehearing conference, please visit:

https://indianadg.wordpress.com/iurc/indiana-utility-rate-cases/indiana-michigan-power-company-aep-44075/

Why go anywhere else when what you need to know about renewable energy and distributed generation in Indiana is right here.

Laura Ann Arnold

Indiana Michigan Power Rate Case IURC Prehearing Conference 11/20/2011 October 20, 2011

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Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), a subsidiary of American Electric Power (AEP)  filed a petition with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) on 9/23/2011 requesting a $178 million (net $149 million) rate increase request under the Commission’s Minimum Standard Filing  Requirements (MSFR) See 170 IAC 1-5-2(c) for details on MSFR.

The IURC has scheduled a prehearing conference in Cause No. 44075 this afternoon to address procedural issues such as filing deadlines and hopefully will rule on whether or not I&M can proceed under MSFR which would allow an expedited schedule within about 10 months from the date of their request to a final order from the IURC.

Parties of interest which have interevened thus far include: Inovateus Solar of South Bend and Ecos Energy. Also intervening are the City of Ft. Wayne, the City of South Bend and the Citizens Action Coalition (CAC). The Office of the Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is also a party to this proceeding as required by Indiana state law.

Watch this blog for the outcome of the prehearing conference and other details as this case unfolds.

Download I&M’s petition HERE: 44075 I&M Petition_23Sept2011 

South Bend Tribune Editorial: “Shine a light on this Indiana Michigan rate case” October 8, 2011

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http://articles.southbendtribune.com/2011-10-06/news/30252925_1_iurc-rate-case-residential-rates

South Bend Tribune: OUR OPINION

October 06, 2011

If you are among Indiana Michigan Power’s 458,000 customers in Indiana, you already may be worrying about how you’ll pay your bill if the utility makes its case for a 22.7 percent increase in residential rates.

You also may be concerned about the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission’s decision-making.

The agency, of course, isn’t the same one that earned the ire of the governor and ratepayers last year because of its cozy relationship with Duke Energy. Gov. Mitch Daniels fired then IURC chairman David Lott Hardy. A former IURC lawyer who ran straight from the agency for a position at Duke also was among those who lost their jobs in the wake of the scandal.

Allegations that Duke exerted undue influence on the regulators, however, have left many Hoosiers suspicious about how the state’s utility board weighs consumer interests against those of the giant monopolies with their hosts of lawyers and lobbyists.

Electric customers all across the nation for years have heard warnings that energy costs would rise as coal-fired plants are refitted or retired and more expensive options brought into the mix.

Now comes I&M with rates it says currently are among the lowest in the state and country.

Company officials say, after decades of relatively flat rates, now’s the time I&M must hike revenues to meet the growing environmental mandates. The proposal before the IURC hits residential users hardest — an average of $20 a month.

In this struggling economy, that’s too much to ask.

And it’s likely this current rate request will be followed by a series of others. Several consumer groups have declared their opposition. Citizens Action Coalition is still reviewing the filing, but already has vowed to oppose the magnitude of the increase.

The governor took action to right the IURC’s course last year. But his administration must be more vigilant in monitoring ethics, especially given the revolving door between state offices and the private businesses that lobby them. Ensuring all sides get a fair shake in the decision on I&M’s rate case can help restore the IURC’s credibility.

I&M has requested a 9.72 percent rate increase in Michigan, as well. Michigan’s Public Service Commission is reviewing it.

Michigan consumers can comment on the proposal in their state online at http://www.michigan.gov/mpsc.

Indiana residents can mail comments to the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, PNC Center, 115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South, Indianapolis IN 46204 or online at http://www.in.gov/oucc.

Whatever the states decide, each of us has some control over how much we pay for electricity by controlling our use of it.

Take this as a clarion call to do what you can to hold down your electricity costs at home and work. Educate yourself on alternative sources of power and efficiency and take even the little steps on conservation that will add up to meaningful savings. [Emphasis added.]

State Utility Consumer Counselor to I&M: Slow Down! I&M Filed “fast track” rate increase October 7, 2011

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Dear Readers: Efforts are underway to organize a broad-based coalition to intervene and participate in this Indiana Michigan Power rate increase AND to ask for renewable energy programs instead of higher rates for continued “dirty” fossil  fuel powered electricity.

CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE THAT YOU WANT TO JOIN THIS EFFORT.

Laura Ann Arnold

OUCC motion opposes Indiana Michigan Power’s request for an expedited rate case schedule; Base rate case is one of three that could have a significant, cumulative impact on I&M customers

Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor
Media Contact: Anthony Swinger, 1-888-441-2494 or aswinger@oucc.in.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2011

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is objecting to Indiana Michigan Power’s (I&M’s) proposal to “fast-track” its pending base rate case.

In a filing made late Thursday, the OUCC is asking the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) to deny I&M’s request for an expedited schedule, a provision that would set a ten-month timeframe and require the IURC to issue a final rate order by July 2012. I&M’s request would increase average rates for its Indiana residential customers by at least 22 percent.

I&M has requested an accelerated schedule for its rate case under the IURC’s Minimum Standard Filing Requirements (MSFR). The MSFR process in IURC regulations provides an expedited option for utilities seeking rate recovery for general, less complex rate case requests. In exchange for the expedited schedule, a utility files testimony, exhibits and technical data at the beginning of the case and typically limits the scope of its request to general operating, maintenance, and capital improvement expenses.

“The rate case I&M has filed contains numerous issues that go far beyond the type of case the MSFR rules envision covering,” said Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor David Stippler. “Fast-forwarding this case through the regulatory process would not give the OUCC adequate time to review the wide range of complex issues at stake. Ratepayers deserve the necessary amount of time be given to our attorneys, accountants, engineers, and economists to examine I&M’s justification for its request and to conduct the thorough examination that this case warrants.”

Today’s OUCC filing does not address the merits of I&M’s request for a $178 million base rate increase, but it does demonstrate concern over the broader scope of requests I&M has made with the IURC in recent months and the likelihood of others in the near future.

An IURC prehearing conference in the rate case is scheduled for October 20 for the purpose of scheduling filing and hearing dates in this case, including the OUCC’s testimonial deadline. A public field hearing will be required in Fort Wayne, with the OUCC planning to request more field hearings in I&M’s service territory.

Issues in I&M’s 3,954-page filing (IURC Cause No. 44075) that go beyond the scope of a general rate case include:

  • Proposed changes to I&M’s ongoing cost recovery for regional transmission matters
  • Reallocation of transmission costs and investments
  • Proposed creation of a major storm damage restoration reserve
  • Rate design issues involving I&M’s fuel adjustment clause (FAC) filings, through which I&M recovers coal, nuclear and other fuel costs
  • Proposed retirement of 3 units at I&M’s Tanners Creek Generating Facility in Dearborn County, Indiana

“It would be unrealistic to try to complete a thorough review of these broad and extremely complex issues within a few months,” continued Stippler. “Even more troubling, the utility’s requested schedule would appear to be an attempt to downplay its requested rate hike during these tough economic times while ignoring the fact that this is one of three major I&M cases that will likely have a substantial impact on I&M’s customers and their wallets in the near term.”

In a separate case from its $178 million base rate request, I&M is seeking approval to install new pollution control equipment (for sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide) at its Rockport Generating Facility in southwestern Indiana as required by a federal consent decree. I&M has filed testimony estimating its share of those project costs at $707 million.

In addition, I&M is expected to request IURC approval of the Life Cycle Management (LCM) project for its D.C. Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgman, Michigan in 2012. The company’s rate case testimony estimates the cost for this project at “less than $2 billion.”

The OUCC estimates that the Rockport environmental case and Cook LCM case are likely to have a significant cumulative impact on I&M ratepayers, above and beyond the pending base rate case.

In addition, I&M continues to recover coal, nuclear and other fuel costs through its FAC tracker and regional transmission costs through another tracking mechanism.

I&M’s last base rate case (IURC Cause No. 43306) was initiated in June 2007 and concluded in March 2009. I&M, the OUCC, and all other formal parties in that case reached a settlement agreement that was approved by the IURC; the agreement allowed I&M roughly one-third of the base rate increase it was seeking.

Consumers are encouraged to visit the OUCC’s Website at www.in.gov/oucc/2667.htm for updates on the rate case as it moves forward. Also, the OUCC is inviting written consumer comments at www.in.gov/oucc and via mail, fax and email:

  • Mail: Consumer Services Staff
    Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor
    115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • Fax: (317) 232-5923
  • E-mail: uccinfo@oucc.in.gov

All written comments on the I&M rate case should include the consumer’s name, mailing address, and a reference to IURC Cause No. 44075.

(IURC Cause No. 44075)

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) represents Indiana consumer interests before state and federal bodies that regulate utilities. As a state agency, the OUCC’s mission is to represent all Indiana consumers to ensure quality, reliable utility services at the most reasonable prices possible through dedicated advocacy, consumer education, and creative problem solving. To learn more, visit www.IN.gov/OUCC.

 Download a copy of the OUCC motion filed today HERE. 44075-I M_OUCC Notice-MSFR_100611