Your Vectren bill may go down $10 a month, thanks to lower taxes. 

The Evansville-based utility company says the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approved the final phase of an agreement between Vectren and various consumer groups to reflect decreases in natural gas and electric rates.

In a news release, Vectren said the decreases are the result of the federal income tax reduction prescribed in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. 

OUCC Recommends Against Vectren Proposal

Aug 13, 2018
Isaiah Seibert / WNIN

The Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) has recommended that the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) deny a Vectren proposal under its consideration. 

Under the proposal, Vectren would shut down four of its five coal units and retrofit the fifth by 2023. It would replace the retired units with a natural gas plant in Posey County. The total projected cost is close to $900 million. 

The OUCC said Vectren’s proposal wouldn’t diversify its energy portfolio and leaves it vulnerable to higher natural gas prices.

Barriers needed behind businesses on W. Franklin

Aug 1, 2018

Vectren and the Evansville Fire Department have partnered to boost public safety along W. Franklin Street. 

In a news release, the EFD said it discovered a number of natural gas meters along the street that didn’t have any vehicle impact protection barriers in front of them.

That’s a fire code violation. But before issuing fines, the EFD called Vectren to see if the utility company could help.

Public Responds To Proposed Vectren Gas Plant

Jul 12, 2018
Isaiah Seibert / WNIN

Update, 12:41 p.m. Friday: A Vectren spokesperson told WNIN that the company always considers the effect of its choices on customers' bills. Natalie Hedde said Vectren researched the costs of a porfolio with only renewable energy and found that it would cost $1 billion more than its current proposal. She said the company's job is to provide power, and it cannot do so reliably without fossil fuels.

Emotions ran high for local Vectren customers at Wednesday’s Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) hearing.

Storms knock out power to thousands

Jun 26, 2018

A line of severe storms downed tree limbs and power lines across the Tri-State, leaving thousands without electricity. 

The line of storms rolled out of southeast Illinois and across the Wabash River at about 10:00 Tuesday morning, after the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning for White County.

The weather service issued numerous severe thunderstorm warnings as the line of storms moved eastward.

During the 11:00 a.m. hour, Vectren reported more than 9,000 customers without power in southwest Indiana.