Indiana commission, OUCC oppose Pioneer’s request to shorten comment period

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) and Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) on Aug. 21 filed their opposition to Pioneer Transmission‘s request that FERC shorten the comment period for its settlement agreement with Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO) and the Midwest ISO, filed Aug. 20. 

“The IURC Testimonial Staff and the Indiana OUCC were not included in the negotiations that resulted in the proposed settlement agreement and are not parties to the offer of settlement and the proposed settlement agreement,” they said in the filing (FERC Docket No. EL12-24).

They went on to say that Pioneer had informed them on Aug. 17 that the company had hoped to file a settlement agreement but that it had neither supplied the IURC or the OUCC with a copy of the agreement, nor mentioned it would ask for a shortened comment period.

“[T]he IURC testimonial staff have substantive concerns and questions regarding the proposed settlement agreement and would like the opportunity to discuss its concerns and questions with the other parties in this proceeding, including those parties that signed on to the proposed settlement agreement,” they said in the filing. “The condensed comment period proposed by Pioneer does not allow sufficient time for such discussions to take place.”

The IURC testimonial staff will be in meetings from Aug. 21 to Aug. 24 regarding the Midwest ISO, FERC Order 1000, the right of first refusal, seams issues and the joint and common market between PJM interconnection and MISO, leaving the IURC and OUCC insufficient time to also evaluate the settlement agreement, they said.

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

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.