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Elizabeth S. Jacobs
Chair
Nick Wagner
Board Member
Sheila K. Tipton
Board Member

Industry-specific Reports (Electric, Natural Gas, Telecommunications)

Electric Reports

Proposal for a Study of Iowa's Electric Transmission System - December 2006
In the 2006 Session, the General Assembly enacted Senate File 2399, the Renewable Energy Tax Credit Bill.  One part of the bill requires that the Utilities Board submit a proposal to conduct a study of the Iowa electric transmission system.

Update - "Facts Concerning the Consumption and Production of Electric Power in Iowa" - December 2003
"Facts Concerning the Consumption and Production of Electric Power in Iowa" - August 2000
This report compiles numerous facts and data concerning the consumption and production of electricity in Iowa. The report makes no attempt to analyze and evaluate the data presented or to develop policies based on the data. The report represents a contributory effort of the staff of the Policy Development Section of the Iowa Utilities Board, MidAmerican Energy Company, Alliant Energy, the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, and the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities.

Natural Gas Reports

"Facts Concerning the Natural Gas Industry and its Regulatory Environment, Nationally and in Iowa" - October 2000
The report was written to provide the state energy task force with natural gas industry background information it will find useful in building its suggestions for energy industry changes that will impact Iowans positively. The report was compiled from sources that include both periodic and ad hoc utility company reports/filings to the Iowa Utilities Board and internet web sites of the U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, American Gas Association, New York Mercantile Exchange and others. To facilitate interpretation of the report, it contains a glossary of terms and a list of acronyms used within the report.

Natural Gas Price Volatility White Paper - June 2, 2003
Update I - Natural Gas Price Volatility White Paper - September 2, 2003
This brief white paper on natural gas prices was written to serve as discussion of the potential for natural gas prices to be significantly higher during the winter of 2003-04. Prices are already high and natural gas commodity futures prices suggest even higher prices for next winter. The report contains information providing background on the reasons for the potential volatility and it was compiled from information derived from meetings with utility companies, surveys of trade literature, and internet sources.

Update II - Natural Gas Price Volatility White Paper - September 20, 2004
Last year the Board issued an alert that a confluence of conditions could add up to a very serious situation for the nation’s natural gas customers. Although the confluence did not occur during the 2003-2004 heating season, natural gas prices were still very high compared to levels customers had experienced in the past. While some of those conditions are not a serious concern at this time, they have been replaced by other factors that, once again, could add up to high prices for the coming winter with a chance for volatile prices.

Update III - Natural Gas Price Volatility White Paper - June 2005
This white paper discusses the current price levels of natural gas and the fact that they are expected to remain at higher levels over the next two heating seasons. Additionally, this paper gives a general overview of the natural gas market, the supply and demand factors that impact that market, and trends of the industry.

Update IV- Natural Gas Price Volatility White Paper - July 2006
This white paper discusses the current price levels of natural gas and the fact that they are expected to remain at higher levels over the next two heating seasons.  Additionally, this paper gives a general overview of the natural gas market, the supply and demand factors that impact that market, and trends of the industry.

Update V- Natural Gas Price Volatility White Paper - September 2008
This white paper provides information concerning the natural gas price levels for the upcoming winter heating season and the impact they may have on Iowa's consumers.  The paper also discusses supply and demand factors that currently affect the natural gas market and measures that Iowa's investor owned natural gas utilities take to reduce price volatility.

NOI-2003-0002 Review of Utility Ratemaking Procedures - January 5, 2004
Senate File 458, passed during the 2003 Legislative Session, directed the Utilities Board (Board) to review current ratemaking procedures and report its findings to the Legislature by January 5, 2004. The law required two standards to be applied to the review of the proposed changes: the cost effectiveness of the proposal and the degree of accuracy of matching rates (revenues) with costs. Interested persons were invited to file proposals for legislative change to ratemaking procedures. The Board identified 25 of these proposals for review.

Telecommunications Reports

NOI-2013-0001 Inquiry into the Appropriate Scope of Telecommunications Regulation - October 2013
On January 11, 2013, the Board initiated an inquiry into the appropriate scope of Iowa’s regulation of telecommunications services.  With the emergence of new technologies and changes in market conditions, the Board found that it would be beneficial to engage in a general review of the existing regulatory framework, with the goal being to eliminate unnecessary statutory and regulatory provisions, target regulations for future review to ensure their relevancy and to maintain compliance with changes in federal laws where necessary, and to identify industry issues that should be closely monitored for possible future action. The Board received written comments from parties representing consumers and telecommunications service providers and held a workshop to discuss in an open forum the participants’ positions on certain issues.  The staff report, issued on October 18, 2013, summarizes and analyzes the comments received by the Board, and recommends certain legislative changes, new rule makings, and ongoing monitoring of some telecommunications industry issues.

Retail Local Voice Service Monitoring Reports

The Board has undertaken several data collection efforts or inquiries to gain an understanding of the level of retail local voice service connections being provided by telecommunications carriers within the state. Survey data was gathered in four separate collections as of July 2003, July 2005, June 2007, and July 2009 with corresponding reports being released in January 2004, March 2006, January 2008 and September 2010.

High-Speed Internet Access Reports (link to index page)

Status of Local Telecommunications in Iowa - January 20, 2005 (PDF - 55 kb)
On January 20, 2005, in compliance with Iowa Code chapter 476.29(15), the IUB provided the General Assembly with a one-time report on the current status of local telecommunications in Iowa. The IUB was also asked to provide the General Assembly with any other information it deemed appropriate. Other reports provided to the Legislature were: the IUB Telecommunications Competition Survey for Retail Local Voice Services in Iowa; the IUB Order in Docket No. INU-04-1, Deregulation of Local Exchange Services in Competitive Markets; and the IUB December 2004 Assessment of High-Speed Internet Access in Iowa.

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