2 Indiana utilities OK heating assistance programs

AP News
Posted: Nov 30, 2009 3:20 PM

Two Indiana utilities have announced they are reinstating heating assistance programs following a state order requiring them to pay more of the programs' funding.

Vectren and Citizens Gas say they'll renew the natural gas discounts, which the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission says it will allow through Oct. 31, 2012. The enabling order requires participating utilities to pay at least 25 percent of the programs' funding.

NiSource Inc.-owned Northern Indiana Public Service Co. has said it was reviewing the changes in the order and hasn't said whether it will reinstate its program.

Vectren and Citizens say their programs will help about 56,000 low-income customers. Eligible customers who have applied for state heating aid will automatically be enrolled in the programs.