You can generate your own electricity from renewable energy to offset your individual usage each month. We install one meter capable of measuring energy you are consuming as well as measuring the amount you are generating. If you generate more than what you need, you’ll receive energy credits that can be applied to future usage. Please note, availability is limited.
We offer options for customers wanting to install renewable energy sources to their homes and businesses. However, we are not affiliated with any developers that may offer incentives or pricing options.
Because NIPSCO is not affiliated with developers, it is important to educate yourself on all program offerings and carefully review proposals and contracts to determine if they are the best fit for you.
- Must be an existing electric customer
- Must be wind, solar or hydroelectric projects
- Credit is applied to your bill, offsets individual usage
- Supports generation projects up to 1 megawatt (MW)
- Interconnection and Net Metering agreement are required
- You’re responsible for infrastructure upgrades and installation costs
- You’re responsible for maintenance of the generating device and interconnection wiring
- This program will end on July 1, 2022 or when residential, biomass and non-reserved capacities are met
Install or connect your equipment
The following information will help you with the interconnection process. The level and type of interconnection will vary with the type of customer and the size of the generator.
Research the interconnection process to understand all requirements (including potential municipal restrictions, building and zoning requirements, insurance requirements, safety regulations, application fees, installation, electrical requirements and more).
- Net Metering Engineering Standard - Requirements and guidelines for interconnection of customer owned, Distributed Resource (DR) generation source, to NIPSCO’s electric system.
- Rider 780 - Net Metering – Rate schedules and other information regarding requirements.
- Rider 779 - Interconnection Standards – Information about interconnection requirements, fees and standards.
- Indiana Administrative Code Rule 4 - Instructions for cogeneration and alternate energy production facilities.
Available Net Metering Capacity
|Net Metering Capacity as of January 31, 2020|
|Net Metering Total Capacity (Based off 2019 Summer Peak)||47,229|
|Net Metering Operating Participants - All||23,986|
|Net Metering Approved Participants (not yet operating) - All||2,112|
|Net Metering Queue Participants (not yet approved) - Non-Reserved*||10,593|
|Capacity Remaining beyond the Queue||10,012|
* Although NIPSCO currently has received applications in excess of the available non-reserved (i.e. commercial) capacity statutorily required for its Net Metering program, the Company continues to accept those applications until the total statutory threshold has been reached. The statutory threshold is the “Net Metering Total Capacity (Based off 2019 Summer Peak)” on the above table. Should NIPSCO reach the statutory threshold, but not the capacity threshold reserved for residential and/or biomass capacity, the Company will continue to accept applications and connect installations for those projects until the capacity threshold reserved for that category has been reached or July 1, 2022, whichever comes first. “Capacity Remaining beyond the Queue” is the total amount available for all project types at this time, including Net Metering Queue Participants – Residential, not illustrated in the table above. NIPSCO’s Net Metering program is governed by Ind. Code Ch. 8-1-40 and the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission’s Rules and General Administrative Orders.
Email completed applications to cnb@NiSource.com or mail printed applications to 801 E. 86th Avenue, Attention: New Business, Merrillville, IN 46410.
10 kW and below
There is no application fee for Level 1.
Greater than 10 kW*
Level 2 application (>10 kW to 2 MW) has a non-refundable fee of $50.00 and $1.00 per kW and must be submitted with the application. Level 3 application (>2 MW) has a non-refundable fee of $100 and $2 per kW and must be submitted with the applications.
* Interconnection capacities greater than 500 kW require a Direct Transfer Trip Scheme and communication equipment at the customer site and utility substation. Interconnection costs for such installations begin at $125,000.
We review your application and provide next steps. A technical review is conducted to determine if the project can move forward, or if an additional study is needed to determine the impact to the broader electric distribution system. This additional study may be required before moving to the next step.
Approvals and construction
Once all approvals are complete, construction begins on your project.
You sign applicable agreements. When agreements are complete, a new meter is installed.
We understand that the interconnection process can be complex, but we’re here to help. If you have any questions about the process, or other questions related to renewable energy, please contact cnb@NiSource.com or call 1-844-809-8921.