Energy Deregulation in Indiana
Indiana offers their energy at a lower rate compared to other states. And 90 percent of the state’s energy comes from coal, while the remaining 10 percent comes from natural gas.
In 1998, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission allowed residents to choose their own energy provider; since then, everyone in the state, from residential to industrial have chosen to get their power from a supplier rather than their utility provider.
A lot of the companies that have set up shop in Indiana since Energy Deregulation was approved are partnered with the state’s utility provider: Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO). Companies would purchase the power from NIPSCO and offer them to customers at a more affordable price, this partnership is called the NIPSCO Choice Program and it gives customers the power to choose a seller that can fit with their family and business’ needs and budget.
Areas of the state covered by NIPSCO are not mandated to get their power from the utility. Instead, they are allowed to still choose a different provider, in case they can’t afford the cost of getting from the utility itself.
Thanks to this setup, everyone in Indiana can come home to warm house and enjoy basketball on TV at the end of the day without having to worry too much about their energy bills.
Quick Energy Facts about Indiana
- No state-based appliance standard. Other states encourage their residents to help the environment in any way they can. However, this is not true for Indiana residents as the state does not impose a state-based appliance standard. This means residents and businesses can continue using their products how they see fit, regardless of the appliance’s age.
- Does not require utilities to produce renewable energy. If utilities can produce renewable energy and offer it to their clients, it’s okay. But the state of Indiana does not require the utilities to do so.
- No greenhouse gas cap. The state of Indiana does not impose a cap on greenhouse gas emissions. This means automobiles, factories and others can continue to do their thing as they see fit.
- Buildings are required to meet energy standards. Appliances may not have an efficiency standard to meet, but new building both commercial and residential must meet the silver LEED Standard.
- Observer of the Midwestern Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord (MRGGRA). Indiana is not a direct member, but rather a mere observer on the happenings on the MRGGRA. Because they are not members of the accord, they are not bound by any of the agreements unlike the official members.
Northern Indiana Public Services Company Indiana
Northern Indiana Public Services Company has more than 821,000 natural gas customers and is known all around as one of the biggest natural gas distributors in the country. They are based in Merrillville, Indiana and are one of the seven energy distribution companies affiliated with NiSource Inc.
Address: 801 E 86th Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410
Contact NIPSCO Customer Service: 1-800-4NIPSCO
24 hours a day
TTY/TDD Hearing Impaired: 1-800-635-0952