NiSource Inc. is an energy holding company. The Company is engaged in the distribution of natural gas. The Company operates through two business segments: Gas Distribution Operations and Electric Operations. The Gas Distribution Operations segment provides natural gas service and transportation for residential, commercial and industrial customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Indiana and Massachusetts. Its natural gas distribution operations operate approximately 59,000 miles of pipeline. The Electric Operations segment provides electric service in approximately 20 counties in the northern part of Indiana. The Company's principal subsidiaries include NiSource Gas Distribution Group, Inc., a natural gas distribution holding company, and NIPSCO, a gas and electric company. NIPSCO owns and operates approximately three coal-fired electric generating stations. NiSource Finance Corporation (NiSource Finance) is a consolidated finance subsidiary of the Company.