NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) (“NiSource”) announced today the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted approval of the acquisition of a 19.9% equity interest in the company’s Northern Indiana Public Service Company LLC (NIPSCO) subsidiary by an affiliate of Blackstone Infrastructure Partners (NYSE: BX). As previously announced, upon closing of the transaction, the Blackstone affiliate will acquire a 19.9% equity interest in NIPSCO Holdings II LLC, which owns all of the equity interests of NIPSCO, and NiSource will own the remaining 80.1% of NIPSCO Holdings II LLC.
“We are pleased to have received FERC’s approval of the proposed transaction with Blackstone Infrastructure Partners,” said Shawn Anderson, NiSource's executive vice president and CFO. “Following the transaction close, NiSource’s balance sheet will be strengthened and positioned to support an ongoing robust capital expenditures program. We believe this valued partnership with Blackstone will greatly benefit our communities in Northwest Indiana, and the further development of our NIPSCO operating company — a critical piece to ensuring long-term safety and reliability, while supporting the energy transition.”
Approval from FERC is the only regulatory approval required for completion of the transaction. NiSource continues to expect the transaction to close by year-end 2023.
NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) is one of the largest fully-regulated utility companies in the United States, serving approximately 3.3 million natural gas customers and 500,000 electric customers across six states through its local Columbia Gas and NIPSCO brands. The mission of our approximately 7,200 employees is to deliver safe, reliable energy that drives value to our customers. NiSource is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability - North America Index and is on Forbes lists of America’s Best Employers for Women and Diversity. Learn more about NiSource’s record of leadership in sustainability, investments in the communities it serves and how we live our vision to be an innovative and trusted energy partner at www.NiSource.com. NI-F
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