Iowa Code Section 476.87 requires the Iowa Utilities Board (Board) to certify all competitive natural gas providers and aggregators (as defined in Iowa Code Section 476.86) providing natural gas services in Iowa. The proceedings under which to file an application for certification are Board dockets identified with the initials CGP (Certified Gas Provider). The application form can be found in the Iowa Administrative Code at 199 IAC 2.2(18). The complete rules concerning certification established through the Board's rulemaking proceeding Docket No. RMU-00-7 can be found at 199 IAC 19.14.
Competitive natural gas providers and aggregators (CNGPs) must receive a certificate from the Iowa Utilities Board in order to provide competitive natural gas services to Iowa retail end users. A list of currently certified providers, previously certified providers, providers with cancelled certificates and pending applications is available for viewing or download. Also, included on the list are rate-regulated natural gas utilities that provide unregulated competitive natural gas services. Pursuant to Iowa Code §476.86(2)(a), a certificate is not required when competitive natural gas services are provided by a rate regulated natural gas utility.
Applications for certification must include an application fee of $125, made payable to the Iowa Utilities Board, to cover administrative costs. In addition, each applicant will be billed an hourly rate for actual time spent by Iowa Utilities Board staff reviewing the application. During the certification proceeding and after certification, applicants and CNGPs are required to notify the Iowa Utilities Board of any material change in the representations and commitments required for certification within 14 days of the change.
The Board will act on applications within 90 days unless the Board determines that an additional 60 days is necessary. Applications will be considered complete and the 90-day period will commence when all required materials have been submitted. If the filing is deficient, applicants will be notified and given 30 days to remedy deficiencies.
Once a competitive natural gas provider has been granted a certificate to provide natural gas services in Iowa, annual reports are required to be filed. Also, if a provider undergoes a name change or other change in representation, the provider must notify the Board.
You may contact Barb Oswalt in the Energy Section for additional information at 515.725.7342