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INDIANA RATEPAYER FUNDED PROGRAMS

INDIANA RATEPAYER FUNDED PROGRAMS

CURRENT PROGRAMS
Rate Assistance
  • Customer Assistance for Residential Energy (CARE)
    • Eligibility: NIPSCO gas customers that are LIHEAP recipients with household incomes at or below 150% FPG.
    • Receive monthly discounts of 11% to 26% on bills between December and May.
  • NIPSCO Hardship
    • Eligibility: NIPSCO gas customers whose household incomes are between 151% and 200% FPG and have received a disconnect notice.
    • Receive up to $400 in assistance between December and May.
  • Universal Service Program (USP) Discounts
    • Eligibility: Citizens Energy and Vectren customers that are LIHEAP recipients with household incomes at or below 150% FPG.
    • Citizens Energy gas customers receive discounts of 10% to 25% between December and May; Vectren gas customers receive discounts of 15% to 32% between December and May.
  • Universal Service Program (USP) Crisis
    • Eligibility: Citizens Energy and Vectren customers whose household incomes are between 150% FPG and 200% FPG that need to get services reconnected or are facing shut offs during the winter.
    • Citizens customer can receive up to $150; Vectren customers can receive up to $200.
Energy Efficiency
  • Citizens Energy's LIWAP
    • Eligibility is 200% FPG.
    • Services include: home assessment, insulation, air sealing, furnace tune-ups, analysis and repair of heat ducts, and water heater systems treatment.
    • Energizing Indiana's Income Qualified Weatherization (terminated as of December 31, 2014)

      • Eligibility: Customers of participating utilities with household incomes at or below 200% FPG.
      • Services include:home assessment, CFLs, insulation of hot water pipes, wrap and insulate electric hot water heaters, install low-flow faucets and shower heads, and air sealing.
Participating Utilities
  • CARE, NIPSCO Hardship: NIPSCO
  • USP, USP Crisis: Citizens Energy and Vectren
  • LIWAP: Citizens Energy
  • Energizing Indiana: Duke Energy, Indiana Michigan Power, Indianapolis Power and Light Company, NIPSCO, and Vectren
Annual Funding (2014)
  • Rate Assistance
    • NIPSCO CARE: $2,649,634 million
    • NIPSCO Hardship: $206,536
    • Citizens Gas USP Discounts and Crisis: $1,101,519
    • Vectren USP Discounts and Crisis: $3,307,031
    • Energy Efficiency
    • Citizens Energy LIWAP: $286,817
    • Energizing Indiana: $6,709,524
Households Served (2014)
  • Rate Assistance
    • NIPSCO CARE: 32,169
    • NIPSCO Hardship: 1,025
    • Citizens Gas USP Discounts and Crisis: 20,320
    • Vectren USP Discounts and Crisis: 25,000
  • Energy Efficiency
    • Citizens Energy LIWAP: 55
    • Energizing Indiana
      • Duke Energy: 2,647
      • Indiana-Michigan Power: 1,104
      • Indianapolis Power and Light: 1,715
      • NIPSCO: 1,809
      • Vectren: 1,355
Funding Mechanism
  • NIPSCO CARE/Hardship: Through the "Gas Cost Adjustment" applied to all customers
  • Citizens Energy USP/Crisis: "Customer Benefit Distribution" charge on all customers
  • Vectren USP/Crisis: "Universal Fund" rider paid by all customers
  • Citizens LIWAP: "Energy Efficiency Adjustment" rider
  • Energizing Indiana's "Income Qualified Weatherization:"
    • Duke Energy: "Energy Efficiency Revenue Adjustment" on all customers
    • Indiana-Michigan Power: "DSM/EE Program Cost Rider" on all customers
    • Indianapolis Power and Light: "DSM Adjustment" rider applied to all customers
    • NIPSCO: "DSM Adjustment Mechanism" applied to all customers
    • Vectren: "DSM Adjustment" applied to all customers
Administration
  • NIPSCO CARE: Partner with Indiana LIHEAP and community action agencies
  • Citizens Energy USP: Partner with Indiana LIHEAP and community action agencies
  • Citizens LIWAP: Partner with Indiana WAP and community action agencies
  • Vectren USP: Partner with Indiana LIHEAP and community action agencies
  • Energizing Indiana's "Income Qualified Weatherization:" Community action agencies
LEGISLATION
Authorizing
  • Rate Assistance: Indiana Code 8-1-2.5-6
  • Energy Efficiency for Electric: 170 Indiana Administrative Code 4-8-3
  • Energy Efficiency for Natural Gas: Indiana Code 8-1-2-48
REPORTS / EVALUATIONS