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Iowa Bulk Transmission Transmission & Interconnection(8-IA)

A bulk transmission developer may need to obtain an Electric Transmission Line Franchise from the Iowa Utilities Board to site and construct transmission lines in Iowa. Iowa – Iowa Code §§ 478 et seq., Electric Transmission Lines.

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.

Permitting at a Glance

Iowa Federal

State or Preemptive Authority: Iowa Utilities Board has safety and siting authority over transmission lines.
Transmission Siting Agency: Iowa Utilities Board
Transmission Siting Process: A developer must obtain an Electric Transmission Line Franchise to site and construct transmission lines in Iowa. Iowa – Iowa Code §§ 478 et seq., Electric Transmission Lines, Iowa Admin. Code § 199.11.
Transmission Siting Threshold: 69 kV or greater I.C. § 478.1(3).
Siting Act: Iowa does not have state specific siting act.
Regulated Entity Definition: Any person seeking "to construct, erect, maintain, or operate a transmission line, wire, or cable that is capable of operating at an electric voltage of sixty-nine kilovolts or more."Iowa – Iowa Code §§ 478 et seq., Electric Transmission Lines.
Public Utility Regulatory Authority Certification Transmission Threshold: Iowa does not require other approval from the public utility commission for transmission projects.
Permit Processing Timeframe: There is no statutorily defined timeframe for approval.

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