Indiana utilities want to recover revenue due to pandemic


INDIANAPOLIS (AP/WEHT) — Indiana’s gas and electric companies are asking state regulators to allow them to recover lost revenue from customers due to the pandemic, but critics argue that it would burden struggling consumers even more.

Ten companies, including Vectren and Duke Energy Inc., filed the request Friday with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

They want to charge customers for all bad debt expense incurred associated with an executive order that has suspended disconnections for nonpayment through June 4.

The Citizens Action Coalition says the utilities are placing profit over people.

“What Indiana should be doing is protecting Hoosier consumers by extending the shut-off moratorium and putting in place a freeze on rate increases until this economic and health crisis has ended,” Kerwin Olson, Executive Director of Citizens Action Coalition, said.

You can read the request below.

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