Indiana utility submits plan to move from coal to renewables
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Northern Indiana Public Service Co. is planning to phase out its coal power units by gradually embracing renewable energy sources.
The Merrillville-based utility submitted a plan last week to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission outlining its plans to retire four coal-fired generators at its Wheatfield plant by 2023 and one coal-fired unit in Michigan City by 2028.
The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports NIPSCO projects that by 2028, solar, wind and other renewables will generate 65 percent of its power and natural gas, 25 percent. The rest will come from purchases on the open market.
NIPSCO President Violet Sistovaris says the shift will be the most cost-effective, reliable and environmentally-sustainable means to deliver power to its customers.
NIPSCO serves about 460,000 electric customers and 820,000 natural gas customers across 32 counties.
Information from: The Times, http://www.nwitimes.com