In the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Cause Number 45795, CenterPoint wants customers to pay for their coal ash cleanup (plus a profit) by raising rates more than $49.7 million.
CenterPoint is proposing to close its Culley East coal ash pond located at its coal-fired Culley power plant. After removing the water from this coal ash pond, CenterPoint will excavate the coal ash and transport it to the properly lined Blackfoot Landfill in Pike County where it can be safely disposed.
CenterPoint wants Hoosier families to subsidize its coal ash clean-up costs so it can give a large discount to its large industrial customers – and so its Wall Street shareholders don’t have to pay a dime. If approved by the IURC, its plan would raise a typical residential customer bill by approximately $2 per month. Its proposal would also allow CenterPoint shareholders to make millions of dollars in profits.
CAC is demanding a complete cleanup of all coal ash that has been unsafely disposed of at CenterPoint’s coal-fired power plants in Indiana. It is also fighting back on CenterPoint’s unfair proposal to make its customers instead of its shareholders pay for the cleanup. CenterPoint should not be allowed to profit on its failure to properly dispose toxic coal ash for decades!
For more information, see IURC Cause No. 45795. CenterPoint filed its request in November 2022. CAC and other intervenors will file testimony in February 2023. A final decision is expected to be issued by the IURC by spring 2023.