City of Westfield to Seek Intervention in Duke Energy Rate Increase Case

Contact: Kayla Arnold, Director of Communications 

Email: karnold@westfield.in.gov

 

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City of Westfield to Seek Intervention in Duke Energy Rate Increase Case

Westfield, IN (June 27, 2024) In response to Duke Energy's proposed rate increase, the City of Westfield has announced its intent to seek permission to participate in the case from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC). This decision comes after carefully considering the potential impact on residents and businesses within the community. On April 10, 2024, Westfield Mayor Scott Willis released a statement urging Duke Energy to explore alternative solutions that prioritize the well-being of Westfield residents and how he will advocate for the best interests of residents.

Duke Energy's proposal seeks to adjust rates for electricity distribution, citing infrastructure upgrades and operational costs as primary drivers. This would result in approximately a 16% average bill increase in two phases: 12% in 2025 and 4% in 2026. However, Westfield officials expressed concerns regarding the magnitude and timing of the proposed increase, emphasizing the potential financial strain on local consumers, given Duke Energy received a rate increase of $146 million in June 2020.

The City’s participation in the IURC proceeding underscores Westfield's commitment to advocating for affordable and reliable energy services. The City aims to reach a balanced resolution through a transparent and collaborative process with Duke Energy and regulatory authorities.

The IURC is hosting a field hearing on Thursday, June 27 at 5 p.m. at the Hamilton County East Public Library. "We encourage our residents and stakeholders to participate in the regulatory proceedings to voice their concerns and insights," added Mayor Willis. "If residents cannot make the field hearing, the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) will accept written public comments through July 5, 2024."

The City of Westfield will work closely with legal counsel to prepare a comprehensive case for the IURC review. The City has engaged energy attorneys at Bose, McKinney, and Evans, LLC, to represent the City. There are currently 11 intervenors in the rate case including environmental groups, small and large business customers, Citizens Action Coalition, and the OUCC. Updates will be communicated through official City channels.

More information:

Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor Duke Energy Rate Case

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About the City of Westfield: Westfield is the fastest-growing city in Indiana and the sixth-fastest-growing city in the country. Westfield is home to more than 50,000 residents in Hamilton County, situated north of Indianapolis. The city is known for its 400-acre Grand Park Sports Campus, connectivity to US-31 and State Road 32, and nationally recognized public schools.