The Board has opened an inquiry on federal climate legislation as recently passed in the U.S. House, H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act. The bill, commonly referred to as the Waxman-Markey bill, proposes to cap carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions and create a trading system for allowances. Some allowances would initially be distributed to utilities and other entities and available allowances would decline over time. The bill also would create a combined efficiency and renewable portfolio standard for electric utilities to meet, as well as other provisions that could impact utilities and Iowa. The Board has opened this inquiry to receive broad public input on how the provisions of the Waxman-Markey bill could affect Iowa. On July 16, 2009, the Board issued an order with suggested questions to prompt discussion. Entities or individuals who wish to comment must file comments electronically by registering or participating as a guest at the Board's Electronic Filing System (EFS) Web site. Pursuant to Board rule 7.1(4), the procedural rules in chapter 7, including the service requirements, do not apply to NOI dockets. In addition, participants in the NOI are not parties to a contested case, so the service requirements in rule 14.16 do not apply. Therefore, there is no requirement that participants in the NOI serve the other participants with copies of their comments, including participants who did not file their comments electronically. On July 30, 2009, the Board issued an order amending the inquiry schedule. Initial comments were due August 27, 2009. Replies to initial comments were due on or before September 9, 2009. A workshop was held on Friday, September 18, 2009.
At the September 18 workshop, more than a dozen groups or individuals made presentations, and participants responded to Board and staff questions. The court reporter delivered the workshop transcript to the Board on September 24. The transcript may be read by anyone in the Board's Records and Information Center or purchased in portions or in its entirety for $2.30/page from:
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Also on September 24, the Board issued an order giving anyone who wishes the opportunity to file additional written comments with the Board. Written comments must be filed by October 19, 2009.
The Board appointed Amy Christensen and Jeff Kaman as the Inquiry Managers for this docket. Questions regarding this docket should be addressed to Ms. Christensen, 515.725.7309, or via e-mail at Amy.Christensen@iub.iowa.gov, or to Mr. Kaman, 515.725.7325, or via e-mail at Jeff.Kaman@iub.iowa.gov.