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.
MidAmerican Energy Company Proposed Rate Increase On May 17, 2013, MidAmerican Energy Company (MidAmerican) filed a proposal to increase its Iowa electric base rates. MidAmerican proposes a total base rate increase of approximately $135.6 million to be phased-in over three years. Under MidAmerican’s proposal, there would be three $45.2 million increases, one on August 15, 2013, the second on January 1, 2015, and the third on January 1, 2016. Under MidAmerican’s full rate increase application, the average residential monthly bill increase would be about $2.73 (3.6 percent) for temporary rates in 2013 and 2014, $2.75 (3.5 percent) in 2015, and $2.68 (3.3 percent) in 2016. The Board has scheduled eight consumer comment meetings to be held between June 13 and July 2, 2013, throughout MEC’s Iowa service territory. The Board is also accepting written comments in this rate case. Written comments may be provided using this electronic comment form, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or send 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. For more information about this rate proceeding, please visit the RPU-2013-0004 information page.
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. Iowa-American is requesting a permanent rate change to increase its annual revenues by approximately $6.44 million (18 percent). If approved, the average monthly residential customer bills would see an increase of $6.13. Iowa-American also seeks to implement an interim rate of approximately $2.68 million, effective May 10, 2013, to be collected subject to refund. The Board has scheduled two consumer comment meetings on Monday, June 3, 2013, 5:30 p.m., at Scott Community College, in Bettendorf, and in Clinton on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 5:30 p.m., at the Clinton Moose Lodge. The Board is accepting written comments in this rate case. Written comments may be provided using this electronic comment form, or email email@example.com, or send by mail to the Iowa Utilities Board, Executive Secretary, Docket No. RPU-2013-0002, 1375 E. Court Ave., RM 69, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0069. For more information about this rate proceeding, please visit the RPU-2013-0002 information page.
Statewide Pilot 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. The NDBEDP provides communication technology, assessment, and training to eligible individuals. Iowa’s iowaCanConnect is a 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 learn more and to apply, visit iowaCanConnect.
Iowa Utilities Board 2012 Annual Report Summary portions of the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) 2012 Annual Report are now available for viewing and download. The financial section of the 2012 Annual Report will be made available following the completion of the current fiscal year. The IUB Annual Reports contain summaries of agency dockets that were active during the calendar year as well as general Board information, work section highlights, descriptions of IUB court cases and participation in federal proceedings, listings of IUB assessments to jurisdictional utilities, and the IUB fiscal year budget. Previous IUB Annual Reports are also available.
Linn County REC Seeks Electric Rate Increase On February 12, 2013, Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative filed a request for a proposed electric rate increase with the Iowa Utilities Board that would generate approximately $2.77 million in additional annual revenue (5.9 percent increase). All documents filed in this rate case, Docket No. RPU-2013-0001, are available on the Board’s electronic filing system. To file written public comments, please use the electronic comment form, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or send by mail to the Iowa Utilities Board, Executive Secretary, Docket No. RPU-2013-0001, 1375 E. Court Avenue, Rm. 69, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0069.
Iowa Seeks to Help Address Dropped Calls in Nation’s Rural Areas In a December 2012 letter to the Federal Communications Commission, Governor Terry Branstad expressed that his office and the Iowa Utilities Board would be interested in organizing an FCC workshop in rural Iowa to help solve ongoing telephone call termination issues. Dropped telephone calls can be an important customer safety issue. On January 24, 2013, the FCC sent letters to members of the U.S. Congress, and 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.
Annual Report Filings On or before April 1 of each year, each public utility subject to Iowa Code chapter 476 is required to file an annual report covering operations during the immediately preceding calendar year. The entire annual report is to be filed electronically with the Iowa Utilities Board. To download the appropriate form, please visit the Annual Reports information page. To submit a completed annual report filing, for more information about filing electronically or to register for a user account, please visit the EFS home page.
Alliant/Interstate Power and Light Company Proposed Natural Gas Generation Plant On November 14, 2012, Interstate Power and Light Company, an Alliant Energy Company subsidiary, filed requests seeking Iowa Utilities Board approval of a generating certificate and advance ratemaking principles for its proposed 650-megawatt natural gas-fired electric generation facility in Marshall County. For more information, review Docket No. GCU-2012-0001 and Docket No. RPU-2012-0003 documents on the Board’s electronic filing system. To file written public comments, please use the electronic comment form, or email to email@example.com, or mail to the Iowa Utilities Board, Executive Secretary, Docket Nos. GCU-2012-0001 and RPU-2012-0003, 1375 E. Court Avenue, Rm. 69, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0069.
Clean Line Energy Partners Has announced intentions to build the Rock Island Clean Line, a high-voltage direct current transmission line, across Iowa and other states. For more information about the Board’s process for reviewing proposed transmission lines, please visit the Electric Transmission Line Franchise Process page.