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JANUARY – FALL 2016
IOWA ENERGY PLAN WORKING GROUP MEMBERS & MEETINGS
The Iowa Economic Development Authority’s (IEDA) Energy Team Leader at the Iowa Energy Office, Brian Selinger, announced the selection of the Iowa Energy Plan’s working group members. Seven individuals from four of Iowa’s investor-owned utilities accepted appointments as working group members. Working groups are organized according to the Iowa Energy Plan’s four “foundational pillars”: Economic Development and Energy Careers, Iowa’s Energy Resources, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Energy Efficiency and Conservation. View complete list of selected Iowa Energy Plan working group members (PDF)
Learn about Iowa Energy Plan working groups & view meeting schedules/summaries
The IEDA earlier stated it received more than 140 applications for the 40 available working group spots. The IEDA convened a “kickoff” meeting of all the working groups in February 2016.
OCTOBER 6, 2015
LT. GOV. KIM REYNOLDS and IPEP KICK OFF THE IOWA ENERGY PLAN
Consultants named; timeline, process and public input for statewide effort are detailed. Visit iowaenergyplan.org for general Iowa Energy Plan information, the plan schedule, public forums and applications to join the plan’s working groups.
JULY 6, 2015
IOWA TO CREATE A STATEWIDE ENERGY PLAN
The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) yesterday issued a news release issuing a “Request for Qualifications (RFQ)” to select a provider to assist the State of Iowa to create a Statewide Energy Plan. The news release begins by stating the following:
“The state of Iowa, through the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT), has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to seek proposals from bidders to assist with development of a state energy plan for Iowa. The full RFQ can be accessed at: iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/rfp or on the state’s bid opportunities site at: http://bidopportunities.iowa.gov/?pgname=viewrfp&rfp_id=11523. Proposals are due August 7, 2015, and will be the first step in the process to develop a statewide energy plan.”
OCTOBER 23, 2015
FINAL 111(d), 111(b) and PROPOSED FEDERAL RULE OFFICIALLY PUBLISHED IN FEDERAL REGISTER
The final 111(d) guidelines for reducing GHG emissions from existing power plants, the final 111(b) new source performance standards for new and modified and reconstructed power plants, and the proposed federal plan and model trading rules related to 111(d) — with comments due January 21, 2016 — were published in the Federal Register. |
View: Final 111(d), Final 111(b) and Proposed federal plan and model trading rules related to 111(d)
AUGUST 3, 2015
EPA RELEASES FINAL RULE ON CLEAN POWER PLAN
The Obama administration and the EPA announced the 1,560-page official final rule of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) that establishes interim and final carbon dioxide emission performance rates for the two types of electric generating units — steam electric and natural gas fired power plants — under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. The CPP requires utilities to cut carbon dioxide pollution 32 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels. The CPP also establishes state-specific interim and final goals for each state, based on these limits and each state’s mix of power plants … EPA has a “goal visualizer” tool that walks through the exact calculations for Iowa.
View Iowa’s CPP fact sheet
View other states’ CPP fact sheets
“Each fact sheet includes the state’s interim and final carbon dioxide emission performance goals (expressed in both rate and mass), and how the rate-based goals compare to proposed goals. The state goals are designed to be met as part of the grid and over time, reflecting the inherent flexibility in the way the power system operates and the variety of ways in which the electricity system can deliver a broad range of opportunities for compliance for power plants and states.” – EPA
EPA CLEAN POWER PLAN
Carbon pollution guidelines for new, existing and modified/reconstructed power plants (electric generating units) under Section 111(b) & Section 111(d) of Clean Air Act
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and President Obama set new rules for carbon emissions from new power plants and also set new carbon emissions rules for existing power plants. These new rules, commonly referred to as the Clean Power Plan, fall under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act.Iowa’s investor-owned utilities continue to review the final rules to determine their potential impact on cost and electric rates for customers; Iowa’s stakeholders were involved in several meetings as the EPA shared new information leading to its draft and final rules.
IOWA UTILITIES BOARD NOI ON DISTRIBUTED GENERATION
Including Net Metering, Interconnection of DG & Including Reports, and IUB’s Fall Workshop for DG Checklist
The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) on January 8, 2014 issued an Order Initiating Docket No. NOI-2014-0001 (see IUB’s news release) to gather information related to policy and technical issues associated with distributed generation. The Board sought public comments, which were may be viewed on the Board’s electronic filing system.
IOWA UTILITIES BOARD NOI ON PAYMENT AGREEMENTS
For Electric and Natural Gas Service Provided by Rate Regulated, Municipal and Electric Cooperative Utilities.
The IUB on March 20, 2014 issued its formal inquiry (NOI-2014-0003) into bill bill payment agreements for electric and natural gas service provided by rate regulated, municipal and electric cooperative utilities. The Order Initiating Inquiry into Bill Payment Agreements for Electric and Natural Gas Service asks utilities for information and residential customer data from November 1, 2013 – May 1, 2014. The response deadline was June 1, 2014.
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Today the IUB approved a settlement in MidAmerican Energy's Wind XI project, Docket RPU-2016-0001. Read more at, https://t.co/b7YPiTDPsc
— Iowa Utilities Board (@iub_now) August 26, 2016
— Iowa Utility Assoc. (@IowaUtility) August 4, 2016
— MidAmerican Energy (@MidAm_EnergyCo) August 1, 2016
July 15. An Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Briefing Book for State Regulatory Commissioners – 2016 NARUC Summer Committee on energy issues included a section called, "Delivering The Future." As described by EEI, "this section includes information on how the future of energy is changing, and examples on how electric power companies are leading the change. Electric power companies are creating innovative partnerships, clean energy and infrastructure projects, and game-changing technologies that customers want in order to deliver America's energy future today."
— JDPower Utility Team (@JDPowerUtility) July 13, 2016
We are partnering to develop 2 new solar energy sites in Dubuque. See more about the projects: https://t.co/L56AH2ab5m
— Alliant Energy IA (@AlliantEnergyIA) June 15, 2016
— Corridor Business (@CBJournal) June 6, 2016
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Working on Behalf of Iowa’s Investor-Owned Electric, Natural Gas & Transmission Utilities
The Iowa Utility Association, or IUA, was formed in 1971 to develop, organize and promote improvement in the common business interests and conditions of Iowa's investor-owned electric and natural gas public utilities. Prior to the IUA's formation and dating back to the mid-1940s, an informal working relationship existed among investor-owned utilities to address statewide programs and industry issues.
Today, the IUA operates as a 501(c)6 non-profit corporation. From its offices near the capitol in Des Moines, the IUA works with personnel from its member companies to develop, coordinate and promote common industry public policy. In addition, the IUA organizes various forums to advance public understanding of industry issues and economic development initiatives.
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