Consumer Information Energy Telecommunications
Elizabeth S. Jacobs
Chair
Nick Wagner
Board Member
Sheila K. Tipton
Board Member

Notice of Inquiry (NOI)

NOI-2008-0003 PURPA STANDARDS IN THE ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND SECURITY ACT OF 2007 On December 5, 2008, the Board initiated an inquiry in response to the requirements of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.  On August 24, 2009, a workshop on smart grid issues was held.  The Board issued an order in 2010 expanding the inquiry to include the aggregation of retail customers (ARCs).  On March 29, 2010, the Board issued an order temporarily prohibiting ARCs from operating in Iowa.  On April 6, 2010, a second workshop was held, addressing both smart grid and ARCs.  On October 14, 2011, a Board order was issued that contained specific questions related to both smart grid and ARCs.  A summary of comments filed is part of a memorandum to the Board dated April 30, 2012.  On June 25, 2012, the Board issued an order that continued the prohibition on ARCs operating in Iowa.  On October 18, 2013, the Board issued an order requesting additional information on current smart grid issues.  A summary of comments is available on the Board’s electronic filing system.  On January 14, 2014, the Board issued an order continuing the inquiry and thanking inquiry participants for their continued interest and participation.

NOI-2014-0001 DISTRIBUTED GENERATION On January 7, 2014, the Board issued an order initiating this notice of inquiry to gather information regarding distributed generation.  The inquiry will consider the policy and technical issues associated with the potential for widespread use of distributed generation, including consumer protection, interconnection, and safety.  The initial order solicited comments from interested parties on the potential benefits and challenges of distributed generation for utilities and ratepayers as well as the policies the Board, other state agencies, or the General Assembly should examine related to distributed generation and other related topics (i.e., technological, financial, regulatory, safety, or others).  Initial comments were due on February 25, 2014.  On May 12, 2014, the Board issued an order soliciting additional comments on distributed generation specifically related to net metering, interconnection, and consumer protection and education.  Those comments are due on or before June 24, 2014.  The docket is pending.

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