Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

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Tippecanoe County’s American Suburban Utilities, or ASU, will get most of the rate hike it requested, but not all.

Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, or IURC, has approved a three-phase price hike that increases fees more than 60 percent. When it’s complete, residential bills will go from $47.50 a month to more than $77.24.

The privately-owned waste water utility wanted to charge $85.18 per month.

The Office of Utility Consumer Counselor countered with a recommendation of $60.80 per month.

American Suburban Utilities Rate Increase Decision Delayed

Jun 28, 2016
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The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission says it needs an additional two months to review American Suburban Utilities’ rate hike request due to the method the utility used to formulate its proposed rates.

The Commission says the privately-owned wastewater utility near West Lafayette used a hybrid test-period to calculate rate increases phased in over three years – a methodology the Commission has not seen before.

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American Suburban Utilities would receive about half of its requested rate hike and plant expansion under a recommendation from the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor.

The privately-owned wastewater utility in September asked to increase its flat monthly residential rate from $47.50 a month to $93.36 a month by July 2018.  The company later reduced the increase to $89.63.

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A settlement agreement between Duke Energy Indiana and several consumer groups concerning the utility's Edwardsport coal gasification plant has been expanded to include an agreement ceasing coal burning at another plant no later than 2020.

The original settlement in September was a response to the plant’s rising operating costs amid allegations it wasn't meeting performance expectations.

In the new agreement, Duke Energy agrees not to charge customers for $87.5 million of the operating costs of the Edwardsport plant, $2.5 million more than the original agreement.

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“Worse than doing nothing” – that’s how critics describe Indiana’s new energy efficiency effort crafted by Governor Mike Pence and the General Assembly. 

Environmental and consumer advocacy groups say the new energy efficiency program is going to drive up costs for residential consumers. 

Under the approved legislation, each utility company must develop its own energy efficiency program…and they can raise rates to cover any revenue they lose because of decreased energy usage. 

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Hearings began this week in a case that will determine whether utility customers or shareholders should pay for additional costs related to Duke Energy’s Edwardsport coal gasification plant.

When first proposed in 2006, the project was expected to cost nearly $2 billion. Final costs totaled $3.5 billion, not including ongoing operational costs.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has previously approved requests from Duke Energy to recover a large portion of that money through customer rate increases.

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A state Senate committee approved legislation Thursday creating a new energy efficiency program, which would largely be directed by utility companies, to replace the one lawmakers eliminated last year.

Consumer Agency Opposes $2 Billion Duke Energy Upgrades

Nov 19, 2014
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The state agency that represents utility ratepayers is asking another state department to deny Duke Energy’s $1.9 billion proposal to upgrade its systems. 

Duke Energy’s seven-year plan aims to upgrade its electric grid that services more than 800,000 homes and businesses in Indiana. Before Duke Energy can implement it, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission must approve the plan.

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Consumer advocates groups say they are disappointed the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission didn’t include any mandated energy savings goals in its recommendation to the governor.

The recommendations come after the legislature eliminated the state’s energy efficiency program.

Governor Mike Pence in March asked the IURC to deliver recommendations for a framework lawmakers could use next session to develop a new energy efficiency program.

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A new report indicates the state’s energy efficiency program legislators eliminated earlier this year was cost effective, saving about $3 for every one dollar spent.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission report shows the biggest payback from Energizing Indiana, as the program was called, was in rebates given to commercial and industrial businesses that upgraded to energy efficiency equipment.

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