The Indiana Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next week between Duke Energy and a group of its customers challenging the utility’s request to raise its rates, among other complaints.
The high court will hear arguments at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counsel, et al. v. Duke Energy Indiana, LLC, et al., 21S-EX-432.
In July 2019, Duke filed a petition with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission a petition to increase its retail rates and charges of electricity utility service. The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor and a group of Duke’s customers opposed the petition, arguing revenue requirements should be reduced rather than increased.
After proceedings, the IURC issued an order granting in part and denying in part Duke’s petition.
The OUCC and consumer groups appealed and challenged the IURC’s approval of Duke Energy’s recovery of costs it had incurred to remediate coal ash ponds, allocation of costs between retail and wholesale consumers, and recovery of operating and maintenance costs for its Edwardsport facility.
This past May, the Court of Appeals of Indiana affirmed in favor of the energy giant before the Supreme Court granted transfer.
Arguments will be held in the Indiana Supreme Court courtroom in the downtown Indianapolis Statehouse, but public seating will be limited and masks will be required. A live webcast will be available online and outside the courtroom.