Iowa/EZFeed Policies

Jump to: navigation, search

EZ Feed Policies for Iowa

Download EZFeed Policies for Iowa CSV (rows 1 - 74)

Policy Place Policy Type Active Affected Technologies Implementing Sector Summary
Air Emissions Reduction Assistance Program (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province The State of Iowa may provide financial assistance in the form of loans and/or grants to projects aimed at reducing air emissions.
Ambient Air Quality Standards (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Natural Gas
Biomass/Biogas
State/Province These regulations set statewide ambient air quality standards for various contaminants. The state code follows the regulations set forth in the National Primary and Secondary Ambient Air Quality Standards as published in 40 Code of Federal Regulations Part 50, as amended, with the exception of the annual PM10 standard specified is under the Iowa code that applies it to new source permitting provisions.
Animal Agriculture Compliance Act (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Biomass/Biogas State/Province Sections of this chapter (311-312) describe the minimum manure management requirements to be followed by owners of livestock confinement feeding operations.
Brownfield/Grayfield Tax Credit Program (Iowa) Iowa Corporate Tax Incentive Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province The Brownfield/Grayfield Tax Credit Program offers qualifying projects tax credits of 24% for qualifying costs of a Brownfield project and 30% if the project meets green building requirements. Grayfield is also included in the tax credit program. A Grayfield project can receive tax credits of 12% of qualifying costs and 15% if the project meets green building requirements. Tax credits are available on a first come first served basis, with a maximum tax credit per project of $1,000,000 and a $10,000,000 maximum.
Coal Mining (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS State/Province These sections describe procedures for coal exploration and extraction, as well as permitting requirements relating to surface and underground coal mining. These sections also address land conservation and reclamation procedures following mining. All applications for coal mining operations must address the probable on- and off-site hydrologic consequences of the mining and reclamation operations.
Community Development Block Grant/Economic Development Infrastructure Financing (United States) United States Grant Program
Loan Program
Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
Federal Community Development Block Grant/Economic Development Infrastructure Financing (CDBG/EDIF) provides public infrastructure financing to help communities grow jobs, enable new business startups and expansions for existing businesses. State programs help achieve the national objective of CDBG by funding projects in which at least 51 percent of the new jobs created are made available to low and moderate income individuals. The maximum amounts awarded under the program are $1 million for new businesses locating to the state and $500,000 for existing businesses expanding in the state.
Competitive Natural Gas Providers (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Natural Gas State/Province Competitive providers and aggregators of natural gas must be certified by the Utilities Board. Applicants must demonstrate the managerial, technical, and financial capability to perform the proposed activities, and granted certificates may be subject to restrictions on a case-by-case basis.
Controlling Pollution (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Biomass/Biogas
State/Province Permits are required for new or existing stationary potential sources of pollution, including anaerobic lagoons. Permits may also be required for modifications that may increase emissions. These rules describe procedures for obtaining permits and list special requirements for certain areas and permit types.
County Land Preservation and Use Commissions (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province This ordinance creates Land Preservation and Use Commissions in each county to provide for the orderly use and development of land, to protect agricultural land from nonagricultural development, and to promote the efficient use and conservation of energy resources.
Criteria and Conditions for Authorizing Withdrawal, Diversion, and Storage of Water (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
State/Province These regulations describe the criteria for the issuance of water withdrawal, diversion, and storage permits for irrigation, industrial use, and power generation, among other uses. The regulations list permit requirements for water drawn from streams, surface water, and groundwater sources.
Dams – Fishways (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
State/Province No permanent dam or obstruction may be placed in the waters of the state without providing for fish passage.
Destruction or Alteration of a Dam (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
State/Province Permission from the Environmental Protection Commission is required prior to the removal, destruction, or alteration that results in a lower water level of any existing dam.
Economic Development Bond Program (Iowa) Iowa Bond Program Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province Through its Economic Development Bond Program, the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) issues tax-exempt bonds on behalf of private entities or organizations for eligible purposes. The responsibility for repayment of the bonds rests with the applicant. Neither IFA nor the State of Iowa has any liability to repay the debt. IFA does not buy the bonds or sell the bonds. Applicants are responsible for finding an entity to purchase the bonds.

If the project is qualified and IFA will be the issuer of the bonds, an Economic Development Revenue Bond Program application must be completed and submitted to IFA, along with a $1,000 fee for applications up to $10 million and $2,500 fee for applications over $10 million. The application fee will be subtracted from the issuer fee at closing.

Once the application is submitted and the application fee is paid, the application is considered by IFA’s Board of Directors. IFA’s Board meets monthly. Applications must be received approximately ten days prior to a Board meeting to be considered at that meeting. If the application is approved by the Board of Directors, IFA will hold a public hearing and consider approving the issuance of the bonds for the borrower at a later meeting.

Because Federal tax requirements limit the amount and type of expenses that can be reimbursed with bond proceeds, the borrower should seek approval of the project by the Board before beginning work or expending funds on the project. Economic Development Bond applications will expire if the bonds are not issued within 18 months.

At the time of closing, IFA requires the borrower to pay a fee, usually 10 basis points, for administrative costs. IFA does not pay for costs or legal fees of the borrower or any other costs incurred as a result of the issuance of the bonds.

There will be a $2,500 charge for any resolution coming before the IFA Board that is not part of a bond issue that will have a closing fee. This would primarily include amending resolutions to prior bond issues.

The fee for a special IFA Board meeting is $2,500. This fee is in addition to any other fees charged.
Economic Development Set-Aside (EDSA) (Iowa) Iowa Industry Recruitment/Support Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province The Economic Development Set-Aside (EDSA) program provides financial assistance to those businesses and industries requiring such assistance in order to create new job opportunities. Assistance is provided to encourage new business start-ups, expansion of existing businesses, new capital investment, and/or the relocation of out-of-state businesses into Iowa. Assistance may be provided in the form of direct loans or forgivable loans.

Priority is given to projects that will create manufacturing jobs, add value to Iowa resources and/or increase exports out of state. Preference will be given to those businesses which will create or retain the greatest number of jobs with the least amount of program dollars. Refinancing or restructuring of existing loans and projects involving a single retail establishment will be considered low priorities. In order to receive funding, programs must be “necessary and appropriate” and only the minimum amount of EDSA funds necessary to meet this may be provided. The only three valid criteria to determine this need are: a financing gap, insufficient return on investment or location disadvantages.

The EDSA is funded by the Job Creation, Retention and Enhancement Fund, which assists businesses that are creating new jobs by providing a direct or forgivable loan or through infrastructure projects. It also provides industry driven training assistance designed to help the underemployed and working poor obtain the training and skills they need to move into available higher-skill, better-paying jobs. Assistance is provided to leverage private financing in business activities resulting in the creation or retention of jobs principally for low- and moderate-income persons. Although the program provides financial assistance to businesses, the application must come from a public “sponsor”. Iowa cities under 50,000 population (with the exception of Cedar Falls) and all counties are eligible to apply on behalf of business within their jurisdiction.
Effluent and Pretreatment Standards (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
State/Province These regulations describe prohibited discharges into surface water and groundwater systems and set effluent standards for secondary treatment facilities. Effluent limitations and pretreatment requirements typically follow federal standards, but additional standards are prescribed for sources not regulated by the federal government.
Electric Generating and Transmission Facilities (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Natural Gas
Biomass/Biogas
State/Province This section details responsibilities of the Iowa Utility Board, including the policies for electricity rate-making for the state of Iowa, certification of natural gas providers, and other policies applicable to electric generating and transmission facilities within the state.
Electric Power Generation and Transmission (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province Electric power generating facilities with a combined capacity greater than 25 MW, as well as associated transmission lines, may not be constructed or begin operation prior to the issuance of a certificate from the Utilities Board.
Electric Transmission Lines (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province Electric transmission lines capable of operating at 69 kV or greater cannot be constructed along, across, or over any public highways or grounds outside of cities without a franchise from the Utilities Division, as discussed in this section. In some circumstances, an expedited franchise may be obtained for the upgrade of existing transmission lines operating at 34.5 kV to 69 kV.
Eminent Domain Law (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province These regulations confer the power of eminent domain and describe procedures for exercising eminent domain in Iowa.
Emission Standards for Contaminants (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Biomass/Biogas
State/Province These regulations list emissions standards for various contaminants, and contain special requirements for anaerobic lagoons. These regulations also describe alternative emissions limits, which may be implemented to allow higher than standard emissions of one contaminant in exchange for lower emissions of another contaminant.
Energy Development and Conservation (Iowa) Iowa Industry Recruitment/Support Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province This statute sets the development of energy efficiency and renewable energy resources as the goal of the state, and calls on the state to periodically evaluate available renewable energy resources and their current and future technological potential. The statute calls on state and local governments, as well as educational institutions and nonprofit organizations, to implement energy-saving measures and to use renewable energy whenever possible. A loan program is established to aid these entities in this endeavor. The state will also administer an energy city designation program, with the objective of encouraging cities to develop and implement innovative energy efficiency programs and to produce and use renewable energy.
Enterprise Zones (Iowa) Iowa Industry Recruitment/Support
Enterprise Zone
Training/Technical Assistance
Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province The Enterprise Zones Program is an incentive for business expansion designed to stimulate development by targeting economically distressed areas in Iowa. Through state and local tax incentives, businesses and developers are encouraged to make new investments, and create or retain jobs in these areas. Businesses locating or expanding in an Enterprise Zone may receive property tax exemptions, funding for employee training, sales tax refunds, Iowa income tax credits, or other tax incentives. An incentive for housing development may also be available to developers and contractors building or rehabilitating housing in an established enterprise zone.

To be eligible, a business must make a minimum qualifying investment of $500,000 during a three year period. Qualifying investment includes the cost of land, buildings, improvements to buildings, manufacturing machinery and equipment, and/or computer hardware. The business must create or retain at least 10 full-time, project-related jobs over a three year period and maintain them for an additional two years. The business must provide some level of medical benefits to all full time employees. Additionally, the business must also provide all full-time employees with a standard medical and dental insurance plan of which the business pays 80% of the premiums for employee-only coverage, pays 50% of the premiums for family coverage, or provides a monetarily-equivalent benefit package. The business must pay new or retained employees a starting wage which is equal to or greater than 90% of the laborshed wage. Wage requirements. The business can not be a retail establishment or a business whose entrance is limited by coverage charge or membership. The business can not close or relocate its operation in one area of the state and relocate substantially the same operation in the Enterprise Zone. The local Enterprise Zone Commission and IEDA must approve the business' application for Enterprise Zone program incentives prior to project initiation.

A local property tax exemption of up to 100% of the value added to the property to a period not to exceed 10 years may be available. Additional funding is available for training new employees. If applicable, these funds would be in addition to those authorized under the Iowa New Jobs Training Program. Designated Enterprise Zones are eligible for a refund of state sales, service, or use taxes paid to contractors or subcontractors during construction. Also included is an investment tax credit of up to a maximum of 10% of the qualifying investment, amortized over 5 years. This tax credit is earned when the corresponding asset is placed in service and can be carried forward for up to seven additional years or until depleted, whichever occurs first. The State's refundable research activities credit may be increased while the business is participating in the program.
Environmental Management Systems (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations
Fees
Siting and Permitting
Training/Technical Assistance
Yes Biomass/Biogas State/Province A solid waste planning area (e.g., the land encompassed by a municipality with a comprehensive solid waste management policy) may qualify to be an Environmental Management System if it provides multiple environmental services in addition to solid waste disposal and plans for the continuous improvement of solid waste management by appropriately and aggressively mitigating the environmental impacts of solid waste disposal, including greenhouse gas emissions reduction measures. Environmental Management Systems qualify for financial and other incentives, as outlined below.

- An exemption from solid waste reduction goals imposed on sanitary landfills - A reduced tonnage fee of $3.65 per ton - Financial assistance as recommended by the council and approved by the commission

- An environmental management system is only required to file its updated comprehensive plan once every five years
Flood Plain or Floodway Development (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province This section describes situations when a permit is needed for the construction, reconstruction, or modification of dams, waste or water treatment facilities, and pipeline crossings, among others.
Forestry Policies (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Biomass/Biogas State/Province Iowa has over 3 million acres of forested land, managed by the State Department of Natural Resources, Forestry Bureau. Iowa forests are summarized in DNR's 2010 Assessment "Iowa's Forests Today":

http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/Forestry/ForestryLinksPublications/IowaForestActionPlan.aspx

Iowa State University's Forestry Extension department is conducting research under a grant from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture to investigate the available forest biomass resources in the state, for potential bioenergy development: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/grants/e2009-26

In 2008 the Iowa DNR issued "The Use of Wood Biomass for Distributed Energy Generation in Iowa", meant to examine the available woody biomass resources in Iowa, including forestry residues, for the purpose of fueling an ethanol production plant:

http://www.erc.uic.edu/assets/pdf/IowaWasteWoodStudy.pdf
Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Registry (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Natural Gas
Biomass/Biogas
State/Province The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is required to establish a method for collecting emissions estimates from producers of greenhouse gases. Reporting is mandatory for some entities, and the Department may choose to phase in other reporting requirements as it deems fit. The Department also maintains a voluntary greenhouse gas registry.
Groundwater Protection Act (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric (Small)
State/Province The Commissioner of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is required to determine a general groundwater protection strategy and groundwater quality standards for the state, to be approved by the Iowa General Assembly. Chapter 455E contains more specific policies and state program goals relating to groundwater protection.
Hazardous Liquid Pipelines and Storage Facilities (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Nuclear
Biomass/Biogas
State/Province This statute regulates the permitting, construction, monitoring, and operation of pipelines transporting hazardous liquids, including petroleum products and coal slurries. The definition used in these regulations does not include liquefied natural gas.
Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Biomass/Biogas
State/Province These sections contain information on fees and monitoring relevant to operators of hazardous waste disposal sites.
High Quality Job Creation Program (Iowa) Iowa Corporate Tax Incentive Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province The High Quality Jobs program provides qualifying businesses tax credits to off-set the cost incurred to locate, expand or modernize an Iowa facility. To qualify for this very flexible assistance package that includes tax credits, exemptions and/ or refunds, a business must be a non-retail or non-service business and meet wage requirements.

Eligibility Requirements:

- A business must meet wage thresholds requirements.

- Actual award amounts will be based on the business's level of need; the quality of the jobs; the percentage of created or retained jobs defined as high-quality; and the economic impact of the project.

- Created jobs must pay at least 100% of the qualifying wage threshold at the start of the project and 120% of the qualifying wage threshold by project completion and through the project maintenance period.

- Retained jobs must pay at least 120% of the qualifying wage threshold throughout the project completion and maintenance periods.

- The business must provide a sufficient benefits package to all full time employees that includes at least one of the following: -- Business pays 80% of medical and dental premiums for single coverage plans, OR -- Business pays 50% of medical and dental premiums for family coverage plans, OR -- Business pays for some level of medical and dental coverage and provides the monetary equivalent value through other employee benefits.


Tax Incentives:

- The State's refundable research activities credit may be increased while the business is participating in the program.

- A local property tax exemption of up to 100% of the value added to the property to a period not to exceed 20 years may be available.

- An investment tax credit equal to a percentage of the qualifying investment, amortized over five years. This tax credit is earned when the corresponding asset is placed in service and can be carried forward for up to seven additional years or until depleted, whichever occurs first.

- A refund of state sales, service or use taxes paid to contractors or subcontractors during construction.
Hydroelectric Plants (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
State/Province A permit is required from the Executive Council of Iowa for the construction, maintenance, or operation of any hydroelectric facility. All applications will be subject to a public hearing.
Initiative on Improving Our Watershed Attributes (I in IOWA) (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province This statute establishes a comprehensive water quality program which includes education, monitoring, technical assistance, incentives, and more efficient permitting procedures. The program also provides for the preservation and establishment of wetlands. The program is mainly geared towards the agricultural sector, but some elements may apply to other land use developments. The website of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a list of approved watershed management plans.
Intergovernmental Solid Waste Services (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Natural Gas
Biomass/Biogas
State/Province Two or more local governments may form a public service monopoly, utilizing private recycling industries where possible, if such a monopoly is deemed necessary to protect public health and welfare and the environment through waste management practices involving solid waste reduction and resource recovery.
Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Natural Gas
Biomass/Biogas
State/Province This statute confers upon the Iowa Utilities Board the authority to act as an agent of the federal government in determining pipeline company compliance with federal standards within the boundaries of the state.
Climate Action Plan (Iowa) Iowa Climate Policies No Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province The Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council prepared a final report with recommendations on how to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions.

On April 27, 2007, Iowa Governor Chet Culver signed Senate File 485, a bill related to greenhouse gas emissions. Part of this bill created the Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council (ICCAC), which consists of 23 governor-appointed members from various stakeholder groups, and 4 nonvoting, ex officio members from the General Assembly.

ICCAC’s immediate responsibilities included submitting a proposal to the Governor and General Assembly that addresses policies, cost-effective strategies, and multiple scenarios designed to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions. Further, a preliminary report was submitted in January 2008, with a final proposal submitted in December 2008.

The Final Report, the Council presents two scenarios designed to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 50% and 90% from a 2005 baseline by the year 2050. For the 50% reduction by 2050, the Council recommends approximately a 1% reduction by 2012 and an 11% reduction by 2020. For the 90% reduction scenario, the Council recommends a 3% reduction by 2012 and a 22% reduction 2020. These interim targets

were based on a simple extrapolation assuming a linear rate of reduction between now and 2050. The plan includes an emissions target, and a comprehensive set of sector-based policies and measures.
Iowa Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province This chapter establishes remediation standards for land, other than standards for water quality, hazardous conditions, underground storage tanks, and groundwater protection, which are discussed in other sections. Additionally, it establishes the Land Recycling Program, which provides incentives for the redevelopment of contaminated land.
Joint Electrical Utilities (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province Cities may establish utilities to acquire existing electric generating facilities or distribution systems. Acquisition, in this statute, is defined as city involvement, and includes purchase, lease, construction, reconstruction, extension, remodeling, improvement, repair, and equipping of the facility. This chapter does not limit the powers or authority of privately owned utility companies or electric cooperatives.
Land Use – Smart Planning (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province State agencies, local governments, and other public entities engaging in land use planning shall work to promote clean and renewable energy use, increased energy efficiency, and sustainable design and construction standards, while emphasizing the protection, preservation, and restoration of natural resources, agricultural land, and cultural and historic landscapes, and increasing the availability of open spaces and recreational facilities.
Life Cycle Cost Analysis of Public Facilities (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Natural Gas
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province All facilities using public funds for construction or renovation must undergo a life cycle analysis, which will consider energy efficiency and on-site energy equipment using the sun, wind, oil, natural gas, coal, or electricity as a power source. The goal is to optimize facility energy efficiency at an acceptable life cycle cost. The results of the analysis must be approved and used in the justification of the facility design before public funds are issued. Some exemptions apply.
Liquefied Natural Gas (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Natural Gas
State/Province This document adopts the standards promulgated by the National Fire Protection Association as rules for the transportation, storage, handling, and use of liquefied natural gas. The NFPA standards cover plant siting and layout, process equipment, stationary LNG storage containers, vaporization facilities, piping systems and components, instrumentation and electrical services, transfer of LNG and refrigerants, fire protection, safety and security, requirements for stationary applications using ASME containers, and operating, maintenance and personnel training.
Loess Hills and Southern Iowa Development and Conservation (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province The Loess Hills Development and Conservation Authority, the Loess Hills Alliance, and the Southern Iowa Development and Conservation Authority are regional organizations with representatives from the municipal and nonprofit sectors and elected from the community. The organizations are tasked with providing development and technical assistance to landowners, counties, municipalities; sponsoring research; and promoting conservation in the Loess Hills region in Southern Iowa. The organizations also aim to develop and coordinate plans for projects related to the unique natural resources, rural development, and infrastructure problems of their respective regions.
Management of Specific Flood Plain Areas (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province Floodplain management orders by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources as well as approved local ordinances designate an area as a regulated floodplain. These regulations establish minimum standards for flood plain and floodway uses, limiting future construction in these areas.
Midwest Independent System Operator (Multiple States) Montana
North Dakota
South Dakota
Minnesota
Iowa
Missouri
Wisconsin
Illinois
Michigan
Indiana
Kentucky
Manitoba
Interconnection Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
Non-Profit Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO) is a Regional Transmission Organization, which administers wholesale electricity markets in all or parts of 11 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Manitoba. MISO administers electricity transmission grids across the Midwest and into Canada, and provides tools, transmission planning strategies, and integration for utilities in those markets. MISO is working with PJM Interconnection to develop complementing system operations and one robust, non-discriminatory wholesale electricity market to meet the needs of all customers and stakeholders in 23 states, the District of Columbia and the Canadian province of Manitoba. The market is being developed through an open stakeholder process and is being designed to serve residents regardless of whether they reside in states with bundled or unbundled retail rates.
Midwest Interstate Compact on Low-Level Radioactive Waste (Multiple States) Indiana
Iowa
Minnesota
Missouri
Ohio
Wisconsin
Environmental Regulations Yes Nuclear State/Province The Midwest Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact is an agreement between the states of Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin that provides for the cooperative and safe disposal of commercial low-level radioactive waste. The Compact was enacted into law by each member state legislature during the period from 1982 through 1984, and received Congressional consent in 1985. The Midwest Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact Commission is the administrative body of the Compact. It consists of one voting Commissioner from each of the six member states. Each state determines how it will appoint its Commissioner, and the state’s Governor must provide written notification to the Commission of the appointment of a Commissioner and any Alternate Commissioners.
Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (Multiple States) Illinois
Iowa
Minnesota
Montana
North Dakota
Ohio
South Dakota
Wisconsin
Manitoba
Green Power Purchasing Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
Non-Profit The Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS®) tracks renewable energy generation in participating States and Provinces and assists in verifying compliance with individual state/provincial or voluntary Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) and objectives. M-RETS® is a tool to keep track of all relevant information about renewable energy produced and delivered in the region. Currently, several States and Provinces participate in M-RETS®: Illinois, Iowa, Manitoba, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin have policies in place requiring or strongly encouraging utility development of renewable resources. M-RETS® uses verifiable production data for all participating generators and creates a Renewable Energy Credit (REC) in the form of a tradable digital certificate for each MWh.
Mississippi River Partnership Council (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province The Mississippi River Partnership Council is a forum for city, county, state, agriculture, business, conservation, and environmental representatives and other stakeholders to discuss matters relevant to the health, management, and use of the Mississippi river. The council may work with local communities to develop local and regional strategies, and make recommendations to appropriate state and federal agencies. The council aims to promote sustainable economic development opportunities along the Mississippi, and to encourage the protection of critical habitats and the adoption of sustainable soil conservation and water quality best management practices.
Missouri River Preservation and Land Use Authority (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province The State Interagency Missouri River Authority engages in comprehensive planning for the Missouri River and surrounding territory, and to develop and implement strategies designed to preserve the area. New development or construction in or near the Missouri River is under the jurisdiction of this authority.
Municipal Support of Projects (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Concentrating Solar Power
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province Municipalities may choose to support projects, such as those which will generate electricity through the use of a renewable energy source, by tax-exempt bond financing; easements for roads, water mains and pipes, power lines, and pipelines; and by other means. This statute contains specific regulations for such practices.
New Jobs Tax Credit (Iowa) Iowa Corporate Tax Incentive
Training/Technical Assistance
Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province The Iowa New Jobs Tax Credit is an Iowa corporate income tax credit and is available to a company that has entered into a New Jobs Training Agreement (260E) and expands their Iowa employment base by ten percent or more. The amount of this one-time tax credit will depend upon the wages a company pays and the year in which the tax credit is first claimed. The maximum tax credit in 2013 will be $1,560 per new employee. Unused tax credits may be carried forward up to ten years. The tax credit may be claimed on Form IA 133 found on the Iowa Department of Revenue Website.
Oil, Gas, and Metallic Minerals (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Natural Gas
Nuclear
State/Province Operators of oil, gas, and metallic mineral exploration and production operations are required to obtain a drilling permit from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and file specific forms with the department. Procedures to apply for a permit to drill or deepen a well for oil, gas, or metallic minerals are contained in Summary of Procedures for Oil, Gas, and Metallic Minerals Operations.
Oil, Gas, and Minerals, Exploration and Production, Lease of Public Land (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Natural Gas
Nuclear
State/Province The state, counties and cities and other political subdivisions may lease publicly owned lands for the purpose of oil or gas or metallic minerals exploration and production.  Any such leases shall be entered into on behalf of the state by the executive council, on behalf of a county by the board of supervisors, on behalf of a city by the council and on behalf of another political subdivision by the governing body.
Permits and Easements for Construction and Related Activities on Public Lands and Waters (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province These rules establish procedures and regulate the evaluation and issuance of permits for construction or other related activities that alter the physical characteristics of public lands and waters under the jurisdiction of the commission, including those activities that occur over or under such lands and waters.
Pipelines and Underground Gas Storage (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Natural Gas
Biomass/Biogas
State/Province These rules apply to intrastate transport of natural gas and other substances via pipeline, as well as underground gas storage facilities. The construction and operation of such infrastructure requires a permit from the Utilities Board. In granting a permit, the board will also adopt rules establishing standards for land restoration during and after pipeline construction.
Prevention, Abatement, and Control of Hazardous Substance Release (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Biomass/Biogas
State/Province The Department of Natural Resources is authorized to establish rules regarding the prevention and mitigation of hazardous substance release. These sections contain information on the notification of spills and the removal of hazardous substances.
Protected Water Area System (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province The Natural Resource Commission maintains a state plan for the design and establishment of a protected water area system and those adjacent lands needed to protect the integrity of that system. A protected water area is defined as a river, lake, wetland, or other body of water permanently designated for special protection. Special management plans are established for each protected water area.
Protected Water Sources (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province This chapter designates protected water sources, which are subject to additional special conditions regarding water use. Permit applications for water withdrawals from these sources may still be evaluated on a case-by-case basis; applicants are required to demonstrate the effects that will result from such withdrawal. Current protected water sources are listed in section 567.53.7.
Public Utility Regulation (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province This section applies to any person, partnership, business association, or corporation that owns or operates any facilities for furnishing gas by piped distribution system, electricity, communications services, or water to the public for compensation. Regulations pertaining to these facilities can be found in this section. Some exemptions apply.
Qualifying RPS State Export Markets (Iowa) Iowa Renewables Portfolio Standards and Goals Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province This entry lists the states with Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) policies that accept generation located in Iowa as eligible sources towards their RPS targets or goals. For specific information with regard to eligible technologies or other restrictions which may vary by state, see the RPS policy entries for the individual states, shown below in the Authority listings. Typically energy must be delivered to an in-state utility or Load Serving Entity, and often only a portion of compliance targets may be met by out-of-state generation. In addition to geographic and energy delivery requirements, ownership, registry, and other requirements may apply, such as resource eligibility, generator vintage and capacity limitations, as well as limits on Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) vintage. The listing applies to RPS Main Tiers only, and excludes solar or distributed generation that may require interconnection only within the RPS state. This assessment is based on energy delivery requirements and reasonable transmission availability. Acceptance of unbundled RECs varies. There may be additional sales opportunities in RPS states outside the Eastern Interconnection. REC prices in markets with voluntary goals (Indiana, North Dakota, South Dakota) may be lower.
Radiation Machines and Radioactive Materials (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Nuclear State/Province These chapters describe general provisions and regulatory requirements; registration, licensure, and transportation of radioactive materials; and exposure standards for radiation protection.
Rates for Alternate Energy Production Facilities (Iowa) Iowa Generating Facility Rate-Making Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province The Utilities Board may require public utilities furnishing gas, electricity, communications, or water to public consumers, to own alternate energy production facilities, enter into long-term contracts to purchase power from such facilities, and/or provide supplemental or backup power to alternate energy production facilities. Uniform rates for these transactions will be set by the board. Some exemptions apply.
Recreational Lake and Water Quality Districts (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province Territory contiguous to a recreational lake may be incorporated into a recreational lake and water quality district if such action is conducive to the public health, comfort, convenience, water quality, or welfare. Development or construction in such a district is restricted.
Siting Requirements for Anaerobic Lagoons (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Biomass/Biogas State/Province This statute provides regulations for required distances between anaerobic lagoons and residences or public use areas. The separation distances may be waived or reduced with the agreement of the affected landowners.
Soil Conservation Districts Law (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province This legislation establishes a soil and water conservation division within the Iowa Department of Agriculture, as well as local soil and water conservation districts. The regulations accompanying the legislation call on the districts to develop their own soil and water conservation plans. The Soil and Water Conservation Division will also develop a state conservation plan to protect soil and water resources.
Solid Waste Policies (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Biomass/Biogas State/Province This statute establishes the support of the state for alternative waste management practices that reduce the reliance upon land disposal and incorporate resource recovery. Cities and counties are required to establish and operate a comprehensive solid waste reduction program. These regulations discuss land application of processed wastes as well as requirements for sanitary landfills and for groundwater monitoring near land disposal sites.
State Energy Program (Iowa) Iowa Industry Recruitment/Support Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province The State Energy Program exists to develop and implement a comprehensive program for the identification, development and demonstration of energy efficiency and alternative energy opportunities to meet local needs and to utilize local resources. The purpose of the program is to comply with federally required program measures, to demonstrate energy efficiency within state government, to develop and promote community energy management models, to provide energy information and education for Iowa consumers, to support the development and use of Iowa energy resources, and to evaluate procedures to improve marketing effectiveness and operation efficiency. The state is responsible for putting out a State Energy Plan which will address these issues.
Tax Increment Financing (Iowa) Iowa Industry Recruitment/Support
Property Tax Incentive
Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province Tax Increment Financing allows city councils or county boards of supervisors to use the property taxes resulting from the increase in taxable valuation caused by the construction of new industrial or commercial facilities to provide economic development incentives to a business or industry. Tax Increment Financing may be used to offset the cost of public improvements and utilities that will serve the new private development, to finance direct grants or loans to a company, or to provide the local match for federal or state economic development assistance programs.
Underground Facilities Information (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province This section applies to any excavation which may impact underground facilities, including those used for the conveyance of electricity or the transportation of hazardous liquids or natural gas. Excavation is prohibited unless notification takes place, as described in this chapter.
Uniform Environmental Covenants Act (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province This legislation adopts a version of the federal Uniform Environmental Covenants Act, specifying long-term limitations on land use for certain restricted areas.
Use, Maintenance, Removal, Inspections, and Safety of Dams (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
State/Province This section describes operating plans for dams with movable structures, as well as procedures for raising or lowering of impoundment levels, dam removal, and dam safety inspections.
Waste Disposal Site and Radioactive Waste Management (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Nuclear State/Province This section describes the considerations of the Commission in determining whether to approve the establishment and operation of a disposal site for nuclear waste. If a permit is issued, the Commission will establish standards and procedures for site operation, and require financial commitment by the site operator. This section also describes additional standards for pathological waste incinerators processing radioactive waste.
Waste Management Assistance Act (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Nuclear
Biomass/Biogas
State/Province This section promotes the proper and safe storage, treatment, and disposal of solid, hazardous, and low-level radioactive wastes in Iowa, and calls on Iowans to assume responsibility for waste disposal within the state. The Department of Natural Resources is tasked with establishing a comprehensive solid waste management plan. In addition, the Department, in cooperation with the small business assistance center at the University of Northern Iowa, shall work with generators of hazardous wastes in the state to develop and implement aggressive waste minimization programs.
Wastewater Construction and Operation Permits (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Biomass/Biogas State/Province These regulations describe permit requirements for the construction and operation of facilities treating wastewater, and provide separation distances from other water sources.
Water Protection Projects and Practices (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
State/Province This statute calls on soil and water conservation districts to carry out district-wide and multiple-district projects to support water protection practices, including projects to protect the state's groundwater and surface water from point and nonpoint sources of contamination, including but not limited to contamination by agricultural drainage wells, sinkholes, sedimentation, or chemical pollutants.
Water Quality Standards (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
State/Province These regulations describe water quality standards for surface water sources.
Wildlife Refuges (Iowa) Iowa Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province This document contains a list of wildlife refuges and sanctuaries in the state.