Energy Efficiency Standard (Iowa)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Iowa

Name Energy Efficiency Standard
Incentive Type Energy Efficiency Resource Standard
Applicable Sector Investor-Owned Utility, Municipal Utility, Retail Supplier, Rural Electric Cooperative, Utility
Eligible Technologies Custom/Others pending approval, Electricity Demand-Side Reduction Measures
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs






































Electric Sales Reduction Utility-Specific Energy Efficiency Resource Standards set by IUB
Natural Gas Sales Reduction Utility-Specific Energy Efficiency Resource Standards set by IUB
Rate Impact Parameters All energy efficiency programs must be cost-effective for both customers and utilities




Website http://www.state.ia.us/government/com/util/energy/energy_efficiency.html
Date added to DSIRE 2010-12-15
Last DSIRE Review 2012-11-06
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE
2011-12-05


References DSIRE[1]


Summary

In 2008, Iowa enacted S.B. 2386, which requires the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) to create energy savings standards (electricity and natural gas) for all rate-regulated utilities. The IUB ordered utilities to reduce retail sales by 1.5% of average sales for the previous 3 years by December 31, 2011.* Utilities that are not rate-regulated (municipal and cooperative utilities) were required to establish their own energy efficiency goals. These goals were filed in December 2009. All utilities (rate-regulated and otherwise) must submit plans with the IUB utility, administer customer energy efficiency programs in order to reach the efficiency goals, and submit annual reports to the IUB describing energy efficiency efforts. Utility efficiency plans, operating plans, and annual reports can be found here.

A utility may reduce energy consumption through improvements to its infrastructure or through customer programs. Examples of customer programs include energy studies and audits, education, director rebates and other financial assistance, research projects, time-of-use-rates, tree planting, and hot water insulation distribution programs. All programs must be cost-effective for both customers and the utilities.

*The Iowa Utilities Board has approved goals of approximately 1-1.2 percent for the natural gas programs of investor-owned utilities. The IUB also approved lower electricity efficiency goals for Interstate Power and Light Company. MidAmerican Energy Company reached 1.5% electricity savings in 2010.


Incentive Contact

Contact Name Brenda Biddle
Department Iowa Utilities Board

Address 1375 E. Court Avenue

Place Des Moines, Iowa
Zip/Postal Code 50319
Phone (515) 725-7305


Email Brenda.biddle@iub.iowa.gov
Website http://www.state.ia.us/iub/
Contact Name Gordon Dunn
Department Iowa Utilities Board

Address 1375 E. Court Avenue

Place Des Moines, Iowa
Zip/Postal Code 50319



Email gordon.dunn@iub.iowa.gov

     

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Iowa Code § 476.6.16




Authority 2: IAC 199-35




Authority 3: IAC 199-36




Authority 4: 2008 IUB Order
Date Effective 2008
Date Enacted 2008















  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"