Client: Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana
Authors: Liz Stanton, PhD, Bryndis Woods, Anna Sommer, and Chelsea Hotaling
On behalf of Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana, Clinic Director and Senior Economist Liz Stanton, PhD, Researcher Bryndis Woods, and Anna Sommer and Chelsea Hotaling with Sommer Energy, LLC, published an evaluation of Northern Indiana Public Service Company's (NIPSCO) 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). IRP's are filed with the Utility Commission to demonstrate that utilities’ decisions to retire and/or add electric generation resources are in the public interest. While technical, these evaluations provide an important benefit to utility customers and the Indiana public more widely. Third-party review of these and other utilities filings is critical to vet for errors, uncover questionable or self-serving assumptions, and make hidden value-judgments transparent. We commend NIPSCO's IRP proposal to retire its remaining coal-fired generating units by 2028 and replace all its coal capacity with renewable capacity, and acknowledge the substantial leadership demonstrated by NIPSCO in its current IRP analysis including: conducting an all-source Request for Proposals for new generation capacity, transparently discussing its model input forecasts, outputs and assumptions, and good-faith engagement with stakeholders.
This testimony is part of a joint AEC and Anna Sommers LLC series of comments on Indiana utility Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) on behalf of Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana and Earthjustice.