FERC shortens comment period in Pioneer, NIPSCO settlement

FERC on Aug. 21 accepted Pioneer Transmission‘s request for a shortened comment period in the company’s dispute over the Pioneer project with Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO).

Pioneer, NIPSCO and the Midwest ISO on Aug. 20 submitted a settlement agreement for the project and a request for a shortened comment period and expedited consideration (FERC Docket No. EL12-24).

FERC shortened the date for filing comments to and including Aug. 29. Reply comments can be submitted until Sept. 6. 

Under the terms of the settlement agreement, NIPSCO and Pioneer agree that they will jointly develop the Pioneer facilities, including the construction of a 65-mile transmission line originating at Duke Energy’s (NYSE:DUK) existing Greentown 765-kV substation near Kokomo, Ind., and traversing west to NIPSCO’s Reynolds substation near Reynolds, Ind., as well as the construction of certain upgrades at the Greentown and Reynolds substations, either at or near the Reynolds substation’s present location. 

Pioneer is a joint venture between American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) and Duke Energy.

NIPSCO is a subsidiary of NiSource (NYSE:NI).

This article was amended at 3:48 on Aug. 23 to reflect that NIPSCO is a subsidiary of NiSource. 

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Rosy Lum, Analyst for TransmissionHub, has been covering the U.S. energy industry since 2007. She began her career in energy journalism at SNL Financial, for which she established a New York news desk. She covered topics ranging from energy finance and renewable policies and incentives, to master limited partnerships and ETFs. Thereafter, she honed her energy and utility focus at the Financial Times' dealReporter, where she covered and broke oil and gas and utility mergers and acquisitions.