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Our parent company again named to Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Our parent company, NiSource Inc., was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) - North America in recognition of the company's sustainable business practices and performance for the fourth consecutive year. NiSource is the second highest ranked U.S. multi-utility on the list.

The ranking reflects advancements NiSource made to its sustainability strategy in 2016 by outlining aggressive and achievable plans to reach significant environmental milestones. Supported by its existing business strategy and $30 billion of long-term infrastructure investment opportunities, by 2025 NiSource expects to reduce methane emissions from gas service and main lines by more than 50 percent from 2005 levels.

“This recognizes our company’s deep commitment to serving customers, employees and other key stakeholders in a way that balances immediate and long-term benefits,” said Dan Creekmur, president of Columbia Gas of Ohio.

Additional NiSource Sustainability Progress in 2016 

Industry-Leading Safety Performance

  • Responding to natural gas emergencies in 45 minutes or less, 15 minutes faster than the industry standard 
  • A 40 percent reduction in leaks in Ohio since 2008
  • Top quartile performance in key safety areas across NiSource

Top-Tier Customer Satisfaction and Investments That Deliver Service Reliability

  • Record levels of capital investment driving improved safety and reliability
  • Fostering a customer-centric culture among employees, enhancing our processes and implementing new technologies to meet customers’ changing expectations
  • Continued support and advocacy of customer programs to help ensure affordability, increase comfort and reduce energy usage

Recognized Among the Best Places to Work

  • Ranked as No. 1 utility in Forbes’ 2017 America’s Best Large Employers list, as well as other national and regional recognition
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 of our employees would recommend NiSource as a great place to work
  • Approximately $5.5 million donated to nonprofit organizations in our communities
  • More than 13,500 hours volunteered by employees  

Full details of NiSource’s progress can be found in its 2016 Integrated Annual Report and related information available at www.nisource.com/sustainability.  

Forward-Looking Statement
This post contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws. Investors and prospective investors should understand that many factors govern whether any forward-looking statement contained herein will be or can be realized. Any one of those factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Examples of forward-looking statements in this press release include statements and expectations regarding NiSource's business, performance, growth, commitments, investment opportunities, and planned, identified, infrastructure or utility investments. All forward-looking statements are based on assumptions that management believes to be reasonable; however, there can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the projections, forecasts, estimates, plans, expectations and strategy discussed in this press release include, among other things, NiSource's debt obligations; any changes in NiSource's credit rating; NiSource's ability to execute its growth strategy; changes in general economic, capital and commodity market conditions; pension funding obligations; economic regulation and the impact of regulatory rate reviews; NiSource's ability to obtain expected financial or regulatory outcomes; any damage to NiSource's reputation; compliance with environmental laws and the costs of associated liabilities; fluctuations in demand from residential and commercial customers; economic conditions of certain industries; the success of NIPSCO's electric generation strategy; the price of energy commodities and related transportation costs; the reliability of customers and suppliers to fulfill their payment and contractual obligations; potential impairments of goodwill or definite-lived intangible assets; changes in taxation and accounting principles; potential incidents and other operating risks associated with our business; the impact of an aging infrastructure; the impact of climate change; potential cyber-attacks; construction risks and natural gas costs and supply risks; extreme weather conditions; the attraction and retention of a qualified work force; advances in technology; the ability of NiSource's subsidiaries to generate cash; tax liabilities associated with the separation of Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. and other matters set forth in Item 1A, "Risk Factors" section of NiSource's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 and in other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NiSource expressly disclaims any duty to update, supplement or amend any of its forward-looking statements contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, subsequent events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. NI-F