NiSource expects to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from electric generation by 90 percent from 2005 levels compared to a 50 percent reduction by 2025 under goals set in 2016.
This is according to the company’s 2018 Integrated Annual Report, which highlights its new emissions reduction targets that the NIPSCO parent hopes to hit by 2030.
By 2030, NiSource also expects to reduce:
- Nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and mercury emissions by 99 percent from 2005 levels (compared with 90 percent by 2025 under the 2016 targets)
- Water withdrawal by 99 percent from 2005 levels (compared with 90 percent by 2025 under the 2016 targets)
- Wastewater discharge by 99 percent from 2005 levels (compared with 60 percent by 2025 under the 2016 targets)
- Coal ash generated by 100 percent from 2005 levels (compared with 50 percent by 2025 under the 2016 targets)
These targets are driven by a plan announced in late 2018 by Northern Indiana Public Service Co. to retire all of its coal-fired electric generation by 2028 and replace that capacity with renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar and battery storage technology. In the natural gas business, NiSource continues to expect to reduce methane emissions from gas main and service lines by 50 percent from 2005 levels as its pipeline modernization programs progress.
“NiSource has long been committed to improving the environmental performance of our energy systems and making it more affordable for our customers,” said NiSource President and CEO Joe Hamrock. “We’ll continue to make our business more sustainable for our customers, the communities we serve, our employees and our investors.”
Merrillville-based NIPSCO serves approximately 810,000 natural gas and 460,000 electric customers across northern Indiana.
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