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Final Order Approved 7/13/2011

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) approved the proposed net metering changes and feed-in tariff pilot program today (7/13/2011) for Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO).

IDEA lead the way with the other Intervenors to bring everyone to the table for settlement discussions. A big THANK YOU to our members who filed testimony and participated in the settlement negotiations. Also a BIG THANKS to our attorney Timothy Peterson.

You can download and read the Commission order in Cause No. 43922 here: 43922order_071311. You will eventually want to read this entire document because the tariff and other pertinent documents are a part of the order.

For those of you looking for the Reader’s Digest version of the order here are the ordering paragraphs:

 1. The Stipulation and Settlement Agreement between NIPSCO, the OUCC and the Intervenors, which was filed in this Cause on April 18, 2011, is approved in its entirety without modification or change.

2. NIPSCO’s proposed modifications to its General Rules and Regulations Applicable to Electric Service, Rule 50 – Net Metering are approved. NIPSCO shall file a copy of the General Rules and Regulations Applicable to Electric Service, Rule 50 – Net Metering with the Electricity Division of the Commission prior to placing it into effect.

3. NIPSCO’s Experimental Rate 850 – Renewable Feed-In Tariff is approved for a pilot period ending December 31, 2013. NIPSCO shall file a copy of Experimental Rate 850 – Renewable Feed-In Tariff with the Electricity Division of the Commission prior to placing it into effect.

4. The Standard Renewable Power Purchase Agreement, as shown in Exhibit B to the Settlement, is approved. Future energy purchase agreements executed without modification of its terms are deemed approved as of the date of execution, and copies shall be submitted to the Commission’s Electricity Division. Future agreements, which contain non-standard terms related to non-pricing provisions and which do not contain confidential information shall be submitted to the Commission for approval pursuant to the Commission’s 30-day filing procedures in 170 lAC 1-6. Future agreements containing confidential or non-standard terms related to pricing provisions shall be filed with the Commission for approval as separately docketed proceedings.

5. Pursuant to Ind. Code ch. 8-1-8.8, NIPSCO is authorized to recover the cost of purchases of energy from eligible renewable resources through its Section 42(a) tracking mechanism filed together with its quarterly fuel adjustment clause proceedings pursuant to Ind. Code § 8-1-2-42(d) in a manner consistent with NIPSCO’s treatment of its wind PPA purchases Pursuant to 170 lAC 1-6-4(8) prohibits a 30-day Filing that contains a request for confidential treatment of information. approved by the Commission in Cause No. 43393, or through an appropriate mechanism approved in successor tariff volumes. NIPSCO shall identify such amounts in a separate line item in workpapers supporting such filings.

6. Pursuant to Ind. Code ch. 8-1-8.8, NIPSCO is authorized to defer the costs of purchases of capacity under the Feed-In Tariff for future recovery through NIPSCO’s Resource Adequacy Tracker or such successor mechanism approved by the Commission.

7. This Order shall be effective on and after the date of its approval.

ATTERHOLT, LANDIS AND ZIEGNER CONCUR; BENNETT AND MAYS ABSENT:

APPROVED:

I hereby certify that the above is a true

and correct copy of the Order as approved.

Brenda A. Howe,

Secretary to the Commission

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OK, Vectren, Duke Energy and Indiana Michigan Power what are you waiting for now. You can file your petitions with the Commission now to create your very own VOLUNTARY feed-in tariff. READY, SET GO!

Comments»

1. Daniel - July 14, 2011

This is great news.

Thanks for the update, Laura!


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