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CenterPoint Customers May See Another Increase in Early 2023

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Tim Jagielo
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WNIN
CenterPoint Energy, located on Riverside Drive in Evansville.

The utility company is seeking to recoup losses from Cully plant breakdown

CenterPoint Energy customers may see another increase on their bills early next year. WNIN’s John Gibson has details:

The Texas-based company has requested an increase of about $13 a month for its customers in southwest Indiana during February, March, and April, 2023.

The proposal before the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor follows a breakdown at the coal-fired Culley No. 3 unit in Warrick County last summer.

The problem forced CenterPoint to purchase power off the market at higher prices. The customer increases would offset the higher prices.

Wendy Bredhold of the Sierra Club urges CenterPoint to retire the Culley unit.

She says when you have this kind of breakdown at the expense to customers and you have to hunt across the country for replacement parts, it’s time to retire your plant.

A recent survey by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission showed CenterPoint customers pay the highest electric bills in the state.