Northern Indiana Public Service Company LLC (“NIPSCO”) does business in the State of Indiana as a regulated public utility and generates, transmits and distributes electricity for sale in Indiana and the broader Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (“MISO”) regional electricity market. NIPSCO, headquartered in Merrillville, IN, is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI). NIPSCO currently serves approximately 468,000 electric customers across the northern third of Indiana. NIPSCO’s electric portfolio consists of approximately 2,900 megawatts (“MW”) of generation capacity and over 12,800 miles of transmission and distribution lines in Indiana. NIPSCO owns a mix of generating resources consisting of coal-fired, natural gas-fired, and hydroelectric plants. For more information, refer to NIPSCO’s website at www.nipsco.com.
NIPSCO is committed to meeting the energy needs of its customers today and in the future. In 2021, NIPSCO will issue three (3) separate RFPs, one for wind resources, one for solar resources, and one for thermal, standalone storage, emerging technologies, and other capacity resources. Through the set of RFPs, NIPSCO intends to satisfy capacity needs beginning in 2024, 2025 and 2026 in coordination with its 2021 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) process. More information on the 2021 IRP is available at https://www.nipsco.com/our-company/about-us/regulatory-information/irp.
NIPSCO has retained Charles River Associates (“CRA”) to manage the RFP processes for the purpose of creating the three RFPs and soliciting responses. CRA will also serve as the independent third party to evaluate all Proposals on behalf of NIPSCO.
Several important milestone dates for the RFP process are shown below: