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On August 12, 2021, the IUB issued a letter approving the locations, dates, and times for a series of public informational meetings to inform landowners about a proposed carbon dioxide pipeline in Iowa by Summit Carbon Solutions, LLC. Summit Carbon filed its request for the meeting dates with the IUB on August 11 in Docket No. HLP-2021-0001. The pipeline is proposed to cross 30 Iowa counties. Summit Carbon refers to the proposed carbon capture and storage project in Iowa and four other states as the Midwest Carbon Express. The project proposes to partner with a number of ethanol plants in the five states to capture carbon dioxide emissions and transport the liquefied carbon dioxide to North Dakota for deep underground storage. Read more.
The IUB has added a new field called “Primary Companies” in its electronic filing system (EFS) docket summary information that indicates which companies are the subject of the docket. This field will be a live drop-down menu of all of the companies in EFS. The result of this update is that users will be able to search for dockets that have specific companies attached as the “Primary Company.” As companies are added, removed, or updated in EFS, the list of companies will automatically update. To notify the IUB of a docket with the incorrect primary company, please email ITsupport@iub.iowa.gov.
The IUB issued an order August 3, 2021, setting public hearing dates of December 14-16, 2021, at 9 a.m. in the IUB's Hearing Room regarding Black Hills Energy's application to increase its customer natural gas utility rates in Docket No. RPU-2021-0002. Previously, the IUB issued an order on May 14, 2021, approving proposed customer notices filed by Black Hills and establishing consumer comment meetings. There will be seven in-person and one virtual consumer comment meetings beginning September 14, 2021, for Black Hills customers to express their views about the upcoming rate case and the general quality of service provided. Black Hills requested a temporary rate increase to be effective June 11, 2021. See frequently asked questions about this rate case.