Testimony from the Sierra Club did not adequately take into account non-economic factors a utility must consider when self-committing, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) wrote in its order. “We find that price risk, reliability, and operational needs are also reasonably factored into the decision process.”
Sierra Club says an inability to provide rebuttal testimony because of a hastened proceeding under COVID-19 guidelines prevented the group from responding in full to the utility’s testimony. The environmental group and Citizens Action Coalition (CAC) of Indiana are now focused on the Duke subdocket, which regulators opened based on evidence the utility lost $6.9 million over three months last year due to its coal plant commitment practices.
“It is ridiculous that they even talk about clean energy as a rationale for this rate increase when they plan to burn coal for two decades and replace it with fracked gas. They should be ashamed of themselves,” said Wendy Bredhold, senior campaign representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign in Indiana.