Northern Indiana Public Service places second scrubber in service

During the fourth quarter of 2014, NiSource‘s (NYSE: NI) Indiana natural gas and electric business, Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO), remained on track with a broad agenda of reliability, modernization, customer service and environmental improvements, said NiSource in its Feb. 18 earnings statement.

Key execution highlights for NIPSCO in the fourth quarter include:

  • In December, NIPSCO placed its final flue gas desulfurization (FGD) in service, on Unit 15 (472 MW), at its coal-fired R.M. Schahfer station. This unit, like the one placed in service during the fourth quarter of 2013 at Schahfer Unit 14 (431 MW), was delivered on time and on budget. A third FGD, this one at NIPSCO’s Michigan City station (Unit 12, 469 MW), is on schedule to be in service by the end of 2015. These investments are part of more than $850 million in environmental projects completed or in progress that allow NIPSCO to continue generating electricity using low-cost, reliable and efficient facilities, while improving air quality.
  • NIPSCO filed its 2015 investment plans with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) under the company’s seven-year, nearly $2 billion electric and natural gas modernization programs. The company completed nearly $120 million of modernization projects in 2014 and plans to invest approximately $185 million in 2015.
  • Progress also continued on two major NIPSCO electric transmission projects designed to enhance region-wide system flexibility and reliability. Right-of-way acquisition and permitting are under way for both projects. The Greentown-Reynolds project is an approximately 70-mile, 765-kV line being constructed in a joint development agreement with Pioneer Transmission, and the Reynolds-Topeka project is a 100-mile, 345-kV line. These projects involve an investment of approximately $500 million for NIPSCO and are anticipated to be in service by the end of 2018.
  • NIPSCO received approval from the IURC to extend its Green Power Rate Program. The company also reached a settlement agreement to continue its Feed-in Tariff Program. The Green Power Rate program allows customers to designate a portion or all of their monthly electric usage to be attributable to power generated by renewables. The Feed-in Tariff program allows customers to generate their own electricity via small-scale renewable resources and sell it back to the company.
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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.