Northwest Indiana Times: ELPC Files Testimony Against NIPSCO Rate Hike

A grassroots Indiana consumer group and a heavyweight environmental organization have teamed up to attack NIPSCO’s efforts to raise fixed charges on electric bills.

The Citizens Action Coalition and the Environmental Law & Policy Center have filed testimony with state regulators alleging the increased charge will hit low income, minority and elderly customers the hardest. They also charge it will discourage people from conserving electricity.

“The company’s (NIPSCO’s) proposal would unjustly shift costs and cause disproportionate harm to low-volume, low-income residential ratepayers while undermining the viability of energy efficiency programming,” said John Howat, a witness testifying for the consumer and the environmental group.

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