|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.
Iowa Utilities Board Receives Technology Award On June 5, 2013, Zirous, formerly CISCO, presented the Board with the z|customer award, which recognizes customers that allow for further growth and solutions to their business challenges using technology. Zirous has worked with the Board and its staff since 2007 to improve its use of technology by creating and maintaining a cutting-edge electronic filing system (EFS) for the electronic submission, verification, distribution and online access of all documents filed with or by the Board.
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. For more information about this rate proceeding, please visit the RPU-2013-0004 information page. The Board has scheduled eight consumer comment meetings to be held between June 13 and July 2, 2013, throughout MidAmerican'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 email@example.com, 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.
MidAmerican Energy Company Seeks Ratemaking Principles for Wind Expansion On May 10, 2013, MidAmerican Energy Company filed a request with the Iowa Utilities Board for advance ratemaking principles on its proposed addition of up to 1,050 megawatts of wind generation in Iowa by the end of 2015. For additional information please review Docket No. RPU-2013-0003. MidAmerican’s customer rates will not change when the Board determines advance ratemaking principles in this case.
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. For more information please see the RPU-2013-0002 information page and news release. The Board recently held two consumer comment meetings in Bettendorf and Clinton, and the Board continues to accept written public 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-2013-0002, 1375 E. Court Ave., RM 69, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0069.
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. 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. 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 email@example.com, 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 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 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. 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.
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 the documents in Docket No. GCU-2012-0001 and Docket No. RPU-2012-0003 on the Board’s electronic filing system. To file written public comments, please use the electronic comment form, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.