WRU-2012-0013-0150 INTERSTATE POWER AND LIGHT COMPANY On December 19, 2012, IPL filed a request for a waiver of the requirement contained in the Board’s final order in Docket No. EEP-2008-0001 that IPL file an energy efficiency operating plan reflecting its current energy efficiency plan details. On January 22, 2013, the Board issued an order granting IPL’s waiver request.
WRU-2013-0001-0225 BLACK HILLS/IOWA GAS UTILITY COMPANY, LLC d/b/a BLACK HILLS ENERGY On January 2, 2013, BHE filed a conditional waiver request related to its application for approval of a capital infrastructure cost tracker mechanism in Docket No. RPU-2012-0004. BHE was requesting a waiver of the limitation on recovery of eligible investments to the prior calendar year if the Board decides that the "unless otherwise specified in an approved tariff" language in 199 IAC 19.18(3)"c," did not allow recovery of 2011 investments. On March 15, 2013, the Board issued an order, which denied BHE’s conditional waiver request.
WRU-2013-0002-0272 QWEST CORPORATION D/B/A CENTURYLINK On January 4, 2013, Qwest filed a request for a waiver of the number utilization threshold requirements for the Altoona rate center. On January 16, 2013, the Board issued an order granting the waiver request.
WRU-2013-0003-0225 BLACK HILLS/IOWA GAS UTILITY COMPANY, LLC d/b/a BLACK HILLS ENERGY AND CONSUMERS ENERGY COOPERATIVE On January 23, 2013, BHE, and Consumers Energy filed a proposal for reorganization for the sale of all of Consumers Energy's natural gas utility assets to BHE. The joint applicants’ request was pursuant to Iowa Code § 476.77(4) and 199 IAC 1.3, asking the Board to waive the reorganization review and hearing requirement of Iowa Code § 476.77 or, in the alternative, grant expedited review of the reorganization, without a hearing. On February 26, 2013, the Board issued an order granting the joint waiver request.
WRU-2013-0004-0272, WRU-2013-0006-0415 QWEST CORPORATION, d/b/a CENTURYLINK QC AND LONE ROCK COOPERATIVE TELEPHONE COMPANY On February 19, 2013, CenturyLink filed a request for a waiver of 199 IAC 22.20(3)"a," which applies to the scale of its filed local exchange boundary map, and asked that the Board accommodate the filing of maps in electronic format. Similar map revisions were filed by Lone Rock on February 28, 2013, and a similar request for waiver was filed on March 13, 2013. Both Qwest and Lone Rock stated that the standard of “one inch to the mile” contained in the Board rule was no longer relevant given their use of an electronic mapping format. On March 28, 2013, the Board granted the waiver requests.
WRU-2013-0005-0156 MidAmerican Energy Company On February 21, 2013, MEC filed a request for waiver of 199 IAC 20.11, which provides that each electric utility is to inform its customers of the significance of reduction in the consumption of electricity during hours of peak demand. On March 22, 2013, the Board granted MEC’s waiver request.
WRU-2013-0007-4081 IOWA TELECOMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION On March 13, 2013, the ITA filed a request for a waiver of the Board’s rules at 199 IAC 39.5 and 39.6(3), regarding annual reporting and certification requirements for eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs). The ITA requested the waivers on behalf of all affected carriers in Iowa, i.e., all recipients of federal high-cost universal service support. On April 16, 2013, the Board issued an order granting the waiver requests.
WRU-2013-0008-4304 CORN, LP On April 10, 2013, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., on behalf of Corn, filed a request for the Board to waive the provisions in 49 CFR § 192.150(a) that require a proposed pipeline be designed and constructed to accommodate the passage of instrumented internal inspection devices (also known as “smart pigs"). On May 28, 2013, Corn withdrew its waiver request. On June 3, 2013, since Corn had withdrawn its waiver request, the Board issued an order closing the waiver docket.
WRU-2013-0010-0156 MIDAMERICAN ENERGY COMPANY On April 30, 2013, MEC filed a waiver request of 199 IAC 35.6(4)"a" for its 2012 natural gas energy efficiency budget and a waiver request of its annual operating plan requirement. On May 1, 2013, MEC filed its 2012 Energy Efficiency Annual Report. On May 10, 2013, MEC filed a supplement to its waiver request. On June 14, 2013, the Board issued an order granting MEC’s waiver requests.
WRU-2013-0011-0150 INTERSTATE POWER AND LIGHT COMPANY On May 1, 2013, IPL filed its 2012 Energy Efficiency Annual Report and a Request for Waiver of 199 IAC 35.6(4)"a" for its 2012 energy efficiency budget. On June 7, 2013, the Board issued an order granting IPL’s waiver request.
WRU-2013-0013-0776, WRU-2013-2016-0717 CITY OF ALTON, CITY OF MAPLETON On June 4, 2013, Alton filed a waiver request of 199 IAC 19.5(2)"a"(2) in which the Board has adopted the federal natural gas pipeline safety standards in 49 CFR Part 192. On June 24,
2013, Mapleton filed the same waiver request. On July 2, 2013, the Board issued an order granting both waiver requests.
WRU-2013-0017-3862 WATERLOO GAS TRANSPORT, LLC On July 9, 2013, WGT filed a request to waive the procedural requirements of subrule 199 IAC 10.9, which describes when an amendment to a pipeline permit is required and requires a petition for amendment follow the same procedures as a petition for a new pipeline permit, including hearing. WGT sought amendment of its pipeline permit to allow transport of a different gas mixture without going through the entire permit process. On August 9, 2013, the Board issued an order granting the waiver request.
WRU-2013-0018-4343 TNCI OPERATING COMPANY LLC and TRANS NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS INTERNATIONAL, INC. On May 7, 2013, TNCI and Trans National jointly filed an application for approval of discontinuance of service and transfer of certificate to TNCI pursuant to Iowa Code § 476.20(1). The applicants requested a waiver of Board rule 199 IAC 22.16(1), which requires Trans National to notify the Board and the Office of Consumer Advocate at least 90 days prior to the proposed date of Trans National’s discontinuance of service. The applicants stated that Trans National has been in bankruptcy since 2011 and the asset purchase transaction contemplates the assignment of Trans National’s customers to a financially-stable company. The applicants asked that the Board waive its 90-day notice requirement to allow them to transfer Trans National’s customers at the earliest possible date. On August 9, 2013, the Board issued an order granting the waiver request.
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