NiSource reports on environment, customers

2013-07-31T08:05:00Z 2013-07-31T15:47:05Z NiSource reports on environment, customersBy Keith Benman keith.benman@nwi.com, (219) 933-3326 nwitimes.com

NiSource Inc. has issued its 2012 Sustainability Report, tracking the company's progress in meeting goals dealing with the environment, customers, employees and shareholders.

"Each year this report serves as a go-to source for our team and key stakeholders to better understand NiSource's commitment to sustainable operations," said NiSource President and CEO Robert Skaggs, Jr.

The 2012 report, available online at www.nisource.com/en/sustainability, contains a wealth of tables listing total emissions year-by-year from power plants and other facilities, water consumption, waste disposal and recycling efforts.

For example, under "Key Performance Indicators" it shows a 46 percent reduction since 2008 in sulphur dioxide emissions per megawatt hour of electricity produced at power plants. Nitrogen oxide emission rates have been reduced 68 percent in the same time period. Emission rates of carbon dioxide, a key greenhouse gas, have been reduced 6 percent.

The report also highlights a $25 million wastewater treatment plant being built at NIPSCO's R.M. Schahfer Generating Station in Wheatfield. The plant features advanced controls to reduce mercury emissions and should improve water quality in the Kankakee River.

A new dry "scubber" system being installed at the Michigan City Generating Station will help avoid discharges into Lake Michigan, according to the report.

The report also details other key metrics, including customer service, safety, and shareholder value.

NiSource is the parent company of NIPSCO, which has 457,000 electric and 786,000 natural gas customers in northern Indiana. NiSource, headquartered in Merrillville, also owns utilities in six other states as well as a gas transmission business serving 16 states.

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