|The IUB is a fact-finding body that hears evidence in cases filed before it and makes decisions based on the evidence presented in those cases. An advocate of neither the public nor the utilities, the IUB is required by state statute to make decisions that balance the interests of all parties to ensure the utilities provide adequate and reliable service at reasonable prices.
Board Submits Comments to EPA on Regulation of CO2 Emissions from Existing Power Plants At the request of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Iowa Utilities Board has provided initial comments in a December 6, 2013, letter, regarding the EPA’s plans to regulate carbon dioxide emissions stemming from existing power plants. For more information, review the Board’s letter.
Board and Iowa Utility Industry Support Home Base Iowa The Iowa Utilities Board has joined with Iowa utility companies and associations in support of Governor Terry Branstad’s recent Home Base Iowa initiative by providing information about employment opportunities for military veterans in Iowa’s utility industry. See the news release for more information.
Rock Island Clean Line LLC is proposing to build a high-voltage direct current transmission line across Iowa. Review a list of all the Iowa Utilities Board’s upcoming informational meetings, and read about the process for reviewing proposed transmission lines by visiting the Board’s Electric Transmission Line Franchise Process page. NOTE: Newly-appointed Board Member Sheila K. Tipton was involved in the representation of Rock Island Clean Line, LLC while a member of her former law firm. Since her appointment to the Board, Ms. Tipton has severed all ties with her former law firm, that firm no longer represents Rock Island Clean Line, LLC and, pursuant to the applicable rules of ethics, Ms. Tipton will have no involvement in this case.
Board Approves Alliant/IPL Marshalltown Power Plant On November 8, 2013, Iowa Utilities Board Chair Libby Jacobs issued a proposed decision order conditionally approving an electric generation certificate and establishing advance ratemaking principles for Alliant Energy/Interstate Power and Light Company’s proposed 650-megawatt natural gas-fired electric generation facility in Marshall County. On November 19, 2013, Alliant/IPL filed a Notice of Acceptance of Advanced Ratemaking Principles. For more information, see the news release and Docket No. GCU-2012-0001 and Docket No. RPU-2012-0003 on the Board’s electronic filing system.
Iowa Consumers Warned of Utility Scams On November 7, 2013, Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds warned Iowans of an increasing number of scam artists targeting utility customers for payment by threatening electric or gas service disconnection. The Iowa Utilities Board supports these efforts for increased utility customer awareness regarding scams, along with representatives of Alliant Energy/Interstate Power & Light Company, Black Hills Energy, MidAmerican Energy Company, the Iowa Utility Association, Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, Iowa Attorney General’s Office, and the Iowa AARP. For more information, see the utility scams news release.
Utility Winter Heating Disconnection Moratorium Begins Nov. 1 Iowa’s annual winter disconnection moratorium begins November 1. The Iowa Utilities Board reminds consumers that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Home Weatherization Program both protect against energy utility service disconnection while helping eligible Iowans to reduce residential heating costs. Heating assistance funds are limited and applications will be accepted on a first come/first served basis by Iowa’s Community Action Agencies from November 1, 2013, through April 30, 2014.
Utility Associations and Rate-Regulated Electric Utilities Combat Copper Theft The Iowa Utilities Board supports the combined efforts of the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, MidAmerican Energy Company and Alliant Energy/Interstate Power & Light Company in their partnership with Crime Stoppers to help prevent copper theft from utility facilities in the state. Copper theft can cost tens of thousands of dollars in repairs while causing power surges, power outages, and serious injuries. For more information, see the joint news release.
Iowa-American Water Company Proposed Rate Increase On April 30, 2013, Iowa-American Water Company filed a proposal to increase its water utility rates with the Iowa Utilities Board. An evidentiary hearing was held on October 30 and 31, 2013, and the 10-month decision deadline in this case is February 28, 2014. For more information please see the RPU-2013-0002 information page and news release.
Board Completes Scope of Telecom Regulation Inquiry The Iowa Utilities Board has issued an Order Closing Docket No. NOI-2013-0001, which includes the staff report summarizing comments received by the Board and recommending the need for certain legislative changes, new rule makings, and ongoing monitoring of some telecom industry issues.
MidAmerican Energy Company Proposed Rate Increase On May 17, 2013, MidAmerican Energy Company (MidAmerican) filed a proposal to increase its Iowa electric base rates with the Iowa Utilities Board. On August 15, 2013, the Board issued an order setting temporary rates pending its final decision in this case, which is expected by March 17, 2014. For more information, please visit the RPU-2013-0004 information page. Written comments in this case are still being accepted by the Board using this electronic comment form, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or sent by mail to the Iowa Utilities Board, Executive Secretary, Docket No. RPU-2013-0004, 1375 E. Court Ave., RM 69, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0069.
Iowa Utilities Board Live Video Streaming Available The Board provides live online video streaming of most its hearing room events. To access the Board’s hearing calendar and schedule of upcoming live video streaming events, click on the IUB LIVE BROADCAST blue button located near the top-right corner of the Board’s Home Page.
Program Assists Consumers who are Deaf-Blind The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program may offer solutions to consumers who cannot use communication tools such as the telephone or computer because of combined vision and hearing loss. Now in its second year, the program continues to provide communication technology, assessment, and training to eligible individuals. Iowa’s iowaCanConnect is a statewide pilot program of the Iowa Utilities Board and the Iowa Department for the Blind, which is administered together with Telecommunications Access Iowa, the Iowa Equipment Distribution Program. To apply or learn more, visit iowaCanConnect.
Iowa Utilities Board-Office of Consumer Advocate LEED® Platinum Building Earlier this year, the Iowa Utilities Board and Office of Consumer Advocate building received LEED® Platinum status. The highly energy-efficient building houses more than 90 employees of the two agencies. The facility is modeled to consume 63 percent less energy than a typical office building of similar size that is compliant with the Iowa Energy Code. For more information, please visit the IUB Building Informational page.
Iowa Seeks to Help Address Dropped Calls in Nation’s Rural Areas The Iowa Utilities Board continues to be actively engaged in discussions with the Federal Communications Commission to help resolve ongoing telephone call termination issues. In response to the growing problem, the FCC's Rural Call Completion Task Force established an email box for rural providers to alert the FCC about call completion problems, and created a consumer web site to file complaints with the FCC.