The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is seeking public input on Northern Indiana Public Service Co.’s proposed electric rate increase. The office will hold a public hearing next month on the rate hike, which would include increasing the monthly flat residential customer charge from $11 to $20.
The public field hearing is set for Monday, December 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Hammond High School. The OUCC is also accepting written comments through January 15.
NIPSCO says the proposal would increase an average monthly residential electric bill from $91.40 to $101.92. The request aims to raise $126 million in additional annual overall operating revenues. The utility says the rate hike is necessary because of increasing maintenance and operating costs as well as needed capital improvements.
The OUCC has not yet taken a position on NIPSCO’s request.