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NIPSCO: Winter heating bills to remain flat

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Homeowners should not expect to pay too much more compared to last winter.

NIPSCO released its winter bill projections Wednesday, showing a relatively flat bill compared to last year during the same time. Over the course of the upcoming five-month winter heating season, NIPSCO’s average natural gas residential customers using 622 therms could expect to pay approximately $390 in total. This compares to about $387 last winter.

The utility provider said the projections do not relate to its recent request to increase its natural gas base rates. ABC21 previously reported the increase is  the first such move in more than 25 years, officials said.

READ MORE: NIPSCO to seek natural gas base rate increase

The company said a customer using 69 therms per month at a cost of $50 today would pay about $60 if the rate proposal is approved. The request is going through a regulatory review process. Any changes wouldn’t take effect until after a decision is made, which the company expects in mid-2018.

Anyone experiencing financial difficulties are being encouraged to call NIPSCO's 24-hour customer care center to determine what options might be able to help. Some of those solutions include: 

  • Payment Assistance Programs: Based on income levels, customers may qualify to receive state and federal utility assistance dollars as well as support funds from separate NIPSCO programs by visiting their local community action agency. 
  • BudgetPlan: A free service to all NIPSCO customers to help manage their monthly energy bills by spreading out gas costs over an entire year. 
  • Payment Arrangements: Allows customers to make an initial payment within four days of the agreement, then spread the remaining unpaid balance over three months, plus current bills as they are due. 
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