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Speak Out Against the Proposed Vectren Gas Rate Hike

Vectren, a subsidiary of CenterPoint Energy, has recently filed for rate increases for both of their Indiana gas utilities.

 

Vectren (CenterPoint) 2021 Gas Rate Cases

Vectren/CenterPoint is seeking to raise rates and the monthly fixed customer charge for customers of both of their Indiana gas utilities, although the increases differ substantially. These rate cases are primarily being driven by the completion of the Company’s so-called seven-year pipeline modernization (TDSIC) plan. 

 

 

Vectren South: Cause Number 45447

This case affects more than 113,000 Hoosiers who are customers of Vectren South, which includes the nine Southwest Indiana counties of Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick. This requested rate hike would increase the average customer's monthly bill by approximately 30%, depending on the customer's usage.  Included in this increase is a request to raise the monthly fixed charge to $35.00 from its current level of $25.12. The monthly fixed charge is the amount paid regardless of how much natural gas is used. 

 Monthly Usage   Current Gas Bill   Proposed Gas Bill 
20 therms $37.38 $49.12
50 therms $53.88 $71.15
100 therms $79.80 $104.30

 

 

Vectren North: Cause Number 45468

This case affects more than 620,000 Hoosiers who are customers of Vectren North across North Central, Central, and Southeastern Indiana., which includes all or part of 49 of Indiana’s 92 counties. This requested rate hike would increase the average customer's monthly bill by approximately 4% to 5%, depending on the customer's usage.  Included in this increase is a request to raise the monthly fixed charge to $21.50 from its current level of $16.00. The monthly fixed charge is the amount paid regardless of how much natural gas is used.

 Monthly Usage   Current Gas Bill   Proposed Gas Bill 
20 therms $31.91 $33.63
50 therms $50.98 $53.64
100 therms $79.75 $82.97

 

 

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Attend and Speak Out at the Vectren South Field Hearing:

  • February 1, 2021, at 6 p.m. local time
  • Due to COVID protocols, if you plan to attend and comment either virtually or in-person, you must RSVP by noon central time on Monday, February 1, 2021, by calling 1-317-232-5888.
  • Virtual attendance will be via WebEx. A link will be provided to those who RSVP.
  • The field hearing location is at DoubleTree by Hilton Evansville - B, C, and D Ballrooms, 601 Walnut Street, Evansville, IN 47708.
  • If you would like to watch the field hearing but do not plan to provide verbal comments, you can do so so at the YouTube link here: https://youtu.be/CTp2wfdmJfE
  • For more detail about the field hearing, check out the IURC press release. For more detail about speaking out at field hearings, visit this OUCC webpage.

 

Send your comments to the OUCC:

Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor

Attn: William Fine
115 W. Washington St.
Suite 1500S
Indianapolis, IN 46204
uccinfo@oucc.in.gov
(888) 441-2494 phone

 

Tell the OUCC and the IURC Regulators to oppose Vectren's request for a rate hike, and especially their request to increase the monthly fixed charge on your natural gas bill. Vectren shouldn’t get to charge you more for using less gas!

  • Vectren South customers: make sure to reference Cause Number 45447 in your comments.
  • Vectren North customers: make sure to reference Cause Number 45468 in your comments

  

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