Consumers are not utility companies' cash cows

2013-03-17T00:00:00Z Consumers are not utility companies' cash cows nwitimes.com
March 17, 2013 12:00 am

Next month, construction will start on a $250 million Pollution Control Project at the Michigan City Generating Station. A similar project costing $510 million at the R.M. Schahfer Generating Station in Wheatfield should be completed and in operation later this year.

Robert Skaggs, CEO and president of NiSource, parent company of NIPSCO, is optimistic regarding SB Bill 560 making it through the House. Passage of this bill will enable him to operate independently of the Indiana Utilities Regulatory Commission. That will allow him to pass the construction fees of these two projects and all other projects on to the consumers without interference of the commission.

Financial responsibility for these projects and all others should not be the consumers’, especially considering NiSource and NIPSCO executives are receiving swollen bonuses and increased salaries.

Informational pickets must be organized to send a strong and necessary message to Skaggs that the consumers are not his cash cow.

- Dwight Taylor, Gary

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