Public speaks out after IPL requests rate increase to fund BlueIndy

INDIANAPOLIS - The public had a chance to speak out after Indianapolis Power and Light Company announced they want to raise rates to help fund a new electric car sharing program.

Customers attended a public meeting Wednesday afternoon at the Crispus Attucks High School auditorium to speak directly to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

IPL wants $16 million to help pay for the BlueIndy program in order to build hundreds of charging stations around the city.

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The program is part of Mayor Greg Ballard’s plan for the city to be more energy-efficient and move away from foreign oil.

Some in attendance at Wednesday’s meeting supported the plan and said the electric car sharing program solves a transportation issue in the city.

Others, like Ind. Rep. Cherrish Pryor, D-Dist. 94, were outspoken against the possible rate increase. She said even the smallest rate increase would be devastating for many IPL customers.

The state’s consumer advocate had already recommended that the city and IPL look for other ways to raise the money they need to fund BlueIndy.

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