|The IUB is a fact-finding body that hears evidence in cases filed before it and makes decisions based on the evidence presented in those cases. An advocate of neither the public nor the utilities, the IUB is required by state statute to make decisions that balance the interests of all parties to ensure the utilities provide adequate and reliable service at reasonable prices.
Regulatory Process for Proposed Pipeline Project Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., has publicly announced a proposal to build a crude oil pipeline across Iowa (Bakken Pipeline), but the regulatory process of requesting a permit from the Iowa Utilities Board, pursuant to Iowa Code chapter 479B, for construction and operation of the proposed line has not begun. The Board will begin receiving statements in support or objections to the project when a case is initiated and an official record is opened with the Board. Please review a summary of the hazardous liquid pipelines process or for additional information, see the Board’s Pipeline Permits information page.
MidAmerican Energy Company Electric Rate Decision On March 17, 2014, the Iowa Utilities Board issued its decision order approving settlement agreement, with modifications, in MidAmerican Energy Company’s electric rate case, Docket No. RPU-2013-0004. On July 10, 2014, the Board issued its order on applications for rehearing and its order requiring revisions and additional information. The Board’s order on rehearing reaffirmed the rulings of its decision order, denying requests for rehearing, changing the timing for certain reports, and adding a requirement to periodically file information on cost of service. On July 31, 2014, the Board issued an order approving MidAmerican's tariff and requiring filings.
Notice of Stakeholder Group Pursuant to Executive Order 80, the Iowa Utilities Board (Board) hereby gives Notice as to the formation of a Stakeholder Group to recommend alternatives to implement the provisions of Iowa Code section 476.20(1) as amended by 2014 Iowa Acts, House File 2183, that establish requirements for the discontinuance of water service for failure to pay an account owed to a city utility, city enterprise, combined city utility, or combined city enterprise. Interested parties should review the Utilities Division Notice of Stakeholder Group in the July 9, 2014, Iowa Administrative Bulletin.
Board Joins with NARUC to Promote Portable Generator Safety Summer storms can cause electricity outages and increased portable generator use. The Iowa Utilities Board, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and other State Utility Commissions are providing portable generator carbon monoxide safety information for utility customers. While beneficial during power outages, portable electric generators can be hazardous and even life-threatening if used improperly, particularly due to carbon monoxide emissions. For more information, see the NARUC website.
Recent Change in Iowa’s Program to Assist Consumers who are Deaf-Blind The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program may offer solutions to consumers who cannot use communication tools such as the telephone or computer because of combined vision and hearing loss. Iowa’s program, known as iowaCanConnect, has recently been changed. Beginning July 1, 2014, the program will no longer be administered by the Iowa Utilities Board and the Iowa Department for the Blind. NOTE: the program will NOT be discontinued, but there may be some delay in serving qualified Iowa applicants with equipment and training. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently in the process of selecting a new provider. The new provider information will be posted on this website once the FCC has selected a replacement and current clients will be contacted by the new provider.
Hot Weather Energy-Saving Ideas Summer heat and humidity have arrived early this year, which could result in higher electric bills. Please review the Iowa Utilities Board energy-saving tips news release for ways to reduce household electric costs, while remaining comfortable and safe during the 2014 cooling season.
Board will Participate in Iowa’s Response Process to EPA Proposal on CO2 Emissions from Existing Power Plants The Iowa Utilities Board and other interested parties will participate in a collaborative process of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for developing Iowa’s response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s June 2, 2014, Clean Power Plan proposal. The EPA’s proposed rule pertains to cutting carbon dioxide emissions stemming from existing power plants by 30 percent by the year 2030. The first meeting of Iowa’s collaborative process was held July 22, 2014, at the IDNR. Visit the EPA’s web site for more information on the proposed rule.
Board Grants Revised Order Approving Refund to MidAmerican Customers On May 27, 2014, the Iowa Utilities Board issued an Order Granting Application for Reconsideration and Revising May 1, 2014, Order Approving Disbursement of Former Manufactured Gas Plant Insurance Proceeds. The Order revises the total amount of insurance recoveries, the method of disbursement to MidAmerican Energy Company customers, with oversight by Iowa’s Community Action Agencies, the procedure for distributing any additional insurance proceeds through the utility’s billing adjustment mechanism known as the purchased gas adjustment, one-time payments to MidAmerican’s LIHEAP or Weatherization qualified customers with natural gas debts, or for qualified customers on payment agreements for natural gas and electric service debt due to extreme cold weather over the past winter.
Board Opens Notice of Inquiry on Distributed Generation On January 7, 2014, the Iowa Utilities Board initiated an inquiry to gather information related to policy and technical issues associated with distributed generation. Initial public comments from more than 170 participants were received by the Board. On May 12, 2014, the Board issued an order requesting additional information on net metering, interconnection, and consumer protection issues as they relate to distributed generation. Those responses were due June 24, 2014, and are being reviewed before the Board determines the next step(s) in this docket.
Rock Island Clean Line LLC is proposing to build a high-voltage direct current transmission line across Iowa. Anyone that files an objection with the Iowa Utilities Board to the proposed project and who receives an automated email message with instructions for delivering notice to other individuals may disregard the message; those instructions do not apply to objections filed in this case. Additional information about the Board’s review process is explained on the Electric Transmission Line Franchise Process page. NOTE: Board Member Sheila K. Tipton was involved in the representation of Rock Island Clean Line, LLC while a member of her former law firm. Ms. Tipton has severed all ties with her former law firm, which no longer represents Rock Island Clean Line, LLC, and pursuant to the applicable rules of ethics, Ms. Tipton will have no involvement in this case.
Iowa Seeks to Help Address Dropped Calls in Nation’s Rural Areas The Iowa Utilities Board continues to be actively engaged in discussions with other states as well as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help resolve ongoing telephone call termination issues. The FCC recently released its rural call completion order (FCC 13-135) and the Board continues to actively monitor this ongoing docket.
IUB-OCA Building Honored On April 22, 2014, the Iowa Utilities Board-Office of Consumer Advocate Building became only the second project to receive an American Institute of Architects COTE Plus Award, which is awarded to one former AIA COTE Top Ten Green Building Award recipient each year. Projects are selected for exceeding building performance expectations. The IUB-OCA received a COTE Top Ten Green Building Award in 2012. In 2013, the IUB-OCA Building also received LEED® Platinum status. For more information, please visit the IUB Building Informational page.