AGA Survey and Statistics System; AGA-CEE Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Survey: Utility expenditures for gas efficiency programs exclude data that have not been released by participating companies at the state level; U.S. Energy Information Administration; and U.S. Department of Transportation.
Statewide Elected Officials Next Election: 2018
Terry Branstad (Rep.)Governor
Kim Reynolds (Rep.)Lieutenant Governor
Tom Miller (Dem.) Attorney General
Legislature Next Election: 2018Session Dates: 01/11/16-04/29/16
Term: 4 year
President: Pam Jochum
President Pro Tempore: Steve Sodders
Senate Majority Leader: Michael Gronstal
Senate Minority Leader: Bill Dix
Senate Member Breakdown
House of Representatives
Term: 2 year
Speaker of the House: Linda Upmeyer
Speaker Pro Tempore of the House: Matt Windschiti
Majority Leader: Chris Hagenow
Minority Leader: Mark Smith
House of Representatives Member Breakdown
Iowa Utilities Board Commissioners: Gubernatorial appointment, Senate confirmation: 6 year termChairperson: Gubernatorial appointment: 2 year term
Elizabeth “Libby” Jacobs (R), Board Member Appointed by Governor Terry Branstad in 2011; term expires in 2017; Appointed as Chairman by Governor Branstad in 2011; term as Chairman expires in 2015
Nick Wagner (R), Board Member Appointed by Governor Terry Branstad in 2013; term expires in 2019
Geri Huser (D), ChairAppointed by Governor Terry Branstad in 2015; term expires in 2021
Plan prepared in 2011 by the Iowa Office of Energy Independence.
The key recommendations were:
Engage the state’s energy efficiency and behavior change experts to identify the way in which Iowa can make energy project implementation easy, less time intensive and financially feasible for all Iowans; Focus on increasing efficiency in the industrial sector; Ensure that state government leads by example in EE in state facilities; Large focus on biofuels and biochemical.
In July of 2015, the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Department of Transportation issued a request for proposals from bidders to assist in developing a state energy plan, which will encourage energy, economic and environmental benefits through the goals and recommendations that form during the planning process. The Iowa Energy Office, which is housed in IEDA, has an internal strategic energy plan that is in the process of being updated.
A state energy plan assesses current and future energy supply and demand, examines existing energy policies, and identifies emerging energy challenges and opportunities, according to the national association.
The Iowa energy plan will encourage energy, economic and environmental benefits through the goals and recommendations that form during the planning process, according to a news release from IEDA and IDOT.
Iowa Code 476.6.16 mandates that gas utilities required to be rate-regulated must file energy efficiency plans with the board. An energy efficiency plan and budget must include a range of programs, tailored to the needs of all customer classes, including residential, commercial, and industrial customers, for energy efficiency opportunities. The plans must include programs for qualified low-income persons including a cooperative program with any community action agency within the utility’s service area to implement countywide or communitywide energy efficiency programs for qualified low-income persons.
In 2008, Senate Bill 2386 required the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) to develop energy savings performance standards for each regulated natural gas utility, which must file plans to meet those goals cost-effectively.
In October 2011, the Iowa Utilities Board adopted a rule that allows the state’s natural gas utilities to implement either of two types of automatic adjustment mechanisms for recovery of a limited number of capital infrastructure investments outside of a general rate case, including those that are required by government mandates or are required by state or federal pipeline safety mandates. To date no utility has implemented either of the two types of mechanisms for cost recovery.
Effective April 25, 2013, the Iowa Utilities Board has approved tariffs implementing a capital infrastructure investment automatic adjustment mechanism.
Black Hills utilizes this rider.