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Indiana Ratepayer Funded Rate Assistance

Indiana Ratepayer Funded Rate Assistance

  • The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has approved energy assistance programs for the state´s three natural gas utilities: NIPSCO, Citizens Gas, and Vectren, with most of the funding coming from customer surcharges. NIPSCO's Winter Warmth program was paid for through a surcharge on customers' bills and a contribution from NIPSCO. Winter Warmth provides payments of up to $450 as well as deposit assistance. Low-income customers of Vectren and Citizens Gas receive help through the gas Universal Service Program (USP); after applying for LIHEAP they are automatically enrolled in the USP and receive monthly bill reductions ranging from 9 to 32 percent.

LEVERAGING

2010: $7.9 million
2009: $13.8 million
2007: $10.3 million
2006: $13.8 million
2005: $12.3 million
2004: $135,000 (waivers)
2003: $109,800
2002: $106,506
2000: $259,785
1999: $1.3 million
1998: $1.8 million
1997: $502,550