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Several cities and companies have suspended utility shut offs during the coronavirus pandemic. It could help families on the margin.


Indiana Michigan Power got approval Thursday to build a large solar farm in St. Joseph County.

The solar farm is expected to generate enough power for 2,700 homes per year. I&M officials said this will be the fifth and largest solar facility they operate.

Michigan Regulators Approve Smaller Utility Rate Increase

Jan 26, 2020

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Michigan regulators have approved a rate increase for Indiana Michigan Power, though one significantly smaller than initially sought by the utility.

The Michigan Public Service Commission approved an agreement Thursday allowing the Fort Wayne-based company to boost its Michigan customers' rates by a total of $36.4 million annually.

That's about 38 percent lower than the proposed $58.5 million increase.

Regulators say a customer who uses 500 kilowatt hours of electricity a month will see an increase of $12.14, or about 15 percent.

I&M via Twitter

A consumer advocate group says Indiana Michigan Power doesn’t need most of its proposed $172 million rate increase. Under I&M’s proposal, customers’ monthly bills would go up by more than 11 percent — an increase of about $21 for a typical resident. 

The utility says it would go to pay for things like smart meters and electric vehicle charging stations.

But Anthony Swinger with the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor says I&M also wants to offer a discount for customers that use more than 900 kilowatt hours a month — mostly businesses and industrial companies.


The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission will hold three public hearings this month - Thursday, July 11th at the South Bend Century Center, Monday, July 15th at Ball State University, and Tuesday, July 16th at Purdue University Fort Wayne.

No Power? No Problem

Jun 27, 2019
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Thousands of I&M customers were in the dark for hours Thursday in the Granger and Elkhart areas after the utility says a squirrel got into a substation and knocked out power. WVPE was briefly off the air when the initial outage occurred. Thanks to generator power keeping some essential equipment running, WVPE's Jennifer Weingart and Tony Krabill didn't miss a beat and worked in the dark to keep the listeners enlightened. 

I&M via Twitter

Here is the latest from I&M on power outages due to early morning storms: 

Indiana Michigan Power has submitted a $600 million plan to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission it says would create a “smarter energy grid” for the Hoosier state -- and it could come with a major rate increase attached to it.