The Power to Choose Renewable Energy
NIPSCO’s Green Power Program is a voluntary program that allows you to designate a portion or all of your monthly electric usage to be attributable to power generated by renewable energy sources, such as wind power.
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How does the program work?
NIPSCO electric customers may designate 25, 50 or 100 percent of your monthly electric usage to be attributable to power generated by renewable energy sources. Commercial and industrial customers have the added flexibility to designate five or 10 percent of their monthly usage. You may change your participation level or cancel at any time at any time at no added cost.
When you sign up, NIPSCO buys renewable energy certificates (RECs) on your behalf. RECs are the environmental attributes associated with electricity that is generated from renewable sources.
NIPSCO Green Power Program RECs are certified through Green-e® Energy, the nation’s leading renewable energy certification and verification program. Green-e Energy provides independent, third-party certification to ensure that certified renewable energy meets strict environmental and consumer-protection standards.
Your purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs) is supporting electricity production in Midwestern states, including Michigan, Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana. You will continue to receive a separate electricity bill from NIPSCO. For every unit of renewable electricity generated, an equivalent amount of RECs is produced. The purchase of RECs helps offset conventional electricity generation in the region where the renewable electricity generator is located. The purchase also helps build a market for renewable electricity and may have other local and global environmental benefits such as reducing global climate change and regional air pollution. For more information about RECs, please visit www.green-e.org.
How much does it cost?
Customers who enroll in the Green Power Program will pay a monthly premium in addition to NIPSCO’s standard, regulated electric rate. The added costs are passed through directly to customers, with no mark up or financial return for NIPSCO. Non-participating customers are not responsible for additional charges associated with making this program available.
NIPSCO’s green power rate is $0.002012 per kilowatt-hour (“kWh”). The chart below will help show how the premiums will work.
The NIPSCO green power rate is subject to change depending upon the source of renewable energy certificates and number of participants in the program, and may be adjusted twice each year through filings with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC). Visit this page for the most up-to-date rate information.
Green Power Designation
Monthly Premium (based on monthly electric usage of 1,000 kWh)