Author: Nikki Gray Shoultz
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) opened an investigation on February 27, 2013, to explore the creation of a program through which large commercial and industrial energy customers can be exempt from certain charges they currently pay to their electric utility for the utility’s demand side management (or energy efficiency) programs. The idea is to allow a large customer to create its own, self-directed energy savings program; if it meets certain self-identified demand or energy savings targets, then the customer is exempt from paying the utility for demand side management charges.
The IURC is encouraging industrial and commercial customers to be involved in the proceeding and to offer input into the rules for such a program. This is an opportunity for your company to share its viewpoint on the concept. In order to do so, the company must file a petition to intervene at the IURC. If your company qualifies as a large industrial or commercial entity in the state of Indiana, the petition to intervene should be approved and your company then will be a party to the case with the opportunity to provide written testimony to the IURC.
The first pre-hearing conference at the IURC is set for March 22, 2013, and is expected to be a discussion about the procedural schedule, including the due date for written testimony. Following meetings will focus on substantive discussions of the issues, opportunities and concerns voiced in the written testimonies.
If you would like to discuss the investigation and its implications further or if you would like to learn how to properly file a petition to intervene, please contact Nikki Gray Shoultz or any member of the Bose McKinney & Evans LLP Utilities Group.