|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.
NARUC Celebrates 125 Years On March 5. 2014, the Iowa Utilities Board joined states from across the country in congratulating the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) on 125 years of providing invaluable resources for its members and the regulatory community. The Board has been a member of NARUC since its first meeting on March 5, 1889, first as the Iowa Railroad Commission, then as the Iowa State Commerce Commission, and since as the Iowa Utilities Board. NARUC provides the Board with a strong voice in Washington, D.C., as well as the sharing of best practices, and fosters innovative solutions to improve regulation.
MidAmerican Energy Company Proposed Rate Increase On February 28, 2014, the Iowa Utilities Board verbally approved a settlement agreement, with some modifications, in MidAmerican Energy Company’s electric rate case, Docket No. RPU-2013-0004. The Board’s verbal decision will only become final when a written order is issued on or before March 17, 2014. See the Board’s news release for more information.
Iowa-American Water Company Rate Increase On February 28, 2014, the Iowa Utilities Board issued its final decision and order in the Iowa-American Water Company rate case. The Board had previously announced its verbal decision order and issued a news release on February 4, 2014. For more information please see the RPU-2013-0002 information page.
Propane Heating Crisis Information The Iowa Utilities Board does not regulate propane gas and encourages Iowans seeking more information about this winter’s propane shortage and high prices to visit the following resources for more information: Governor's Propane Shortage and Heating Assistance Web Page, Local Community Action Agencies, Iowa Propane Gas Association, and Iowa Department of Agriculture.
Utility Winter Heating Disconnection Moratorium Iowa’s annual winter disconnection moratorium began November 1 and runs through April 1. Heating assistance funds are limited and applications are accepted on a first come/first served basis by Iowa’s Community Action Agencies through April 30, 2014. The Iowa Utilities Board reminds consumers that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Home Weatherization Program both protect many eligible Iowans against utility energy service disconnection while helping to pay a portion of their residential heating costs.
IUB and PHMSA Joint Pipeline Safety Conference On February 25-27, 2014, the Iowa Utilities Board Safety and Engineering Section and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Pipeline Safety Inspector Training and Qualifications Division (PHMSA) jointly hosted the 2014 Iowa Training and Qualifications Pipeline Safety Conference in West Des Moines. Conference presentations are now available for review or download.
Board Opens Notice of Inquiry on Distributed Generation The Iowa Utilities Board has issued an Order Initiating Docket No. NOI-2014-0001 to gather information related to policy and technical issues associated with distributed generation. Anyone may participate by submitting comments via the Board’s electronic filing system. See the news release for more information.
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.
Rock Island Clean Line LLC is proposing to build a high-voltage direct current transmission line across Iowa. Anyone that files an objection with the Iowa Utilities Board to the proposed project and who receives an automated email message with instructions for delivering notice to other individuals may disregard the message; those instructions do not apply to objections filed in this case. Additional information about the Board’s review process is explained on the Electric Transmission Line Franchise Process page. NOTE: Board Member Sheila K. Tipton was involved in the representation of Rock Island Clean Line, LLC while a member of her former law firm. Ms. Tipton has severed all ties with her former law firm, which 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.
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.
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 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 (FCC) to help resolve ongoing telephone call termination issues. The FCC recently released its rural call completion order (FCC 13-135) and has requested comments. Initial comments were due on or before January 16, 2014, and reply comments on or before February 18, 2014.
Iowa Utilities Board-Office of Consumer Advocate LEED® Platinum Building In 2013, the Iowa Utilities Board and Office of Consumer Advocate building received LEED® Platinum status. The model energy-efficient building houses more than 90 employees of the two agencies. The facility was designed 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.