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Limited financial winter heating assistance is available to income-eligible utility customers through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The annual application period runs from November 1, 2021, through April 30, 2022. The application period for homes with a member 60 years of age or older, disabled, and those in crisis, began October 1.
LIHEAP is designed to help low-income homeowners and renters pay a portion of their primary home heating costs through a one-time payment made directly to the utility or heating fuel vendor. Under LIHEAP or the weatherization assistance program, Iowa law protects qualified applicants who are the head of a household from being disconnected from natural gas or electric service from November 1 through April 1. Read more.
The Federal Communications Commission will transition to a three-digit dialing code (988) for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in July 2022. The change will affect Iowa customers in the 515 and 319 area codes. Beginning October 24, 2021, all Iowans with numbers in these two area codes must use ten-digit dialing for all local calls. In order for 988 to work in the Iowa 319 and 515 area codes, every customer in those area codes must transition to ten-digit dialing for local calls. The IUB is reminding telephone customers that the transition period has already begun, and Iowans in the 515 and 319 area codes are encouraged to complete local calls now by dialing ten digits (area code + seven-digit telephone number). Review the frequently asked questions.
A series of public informational meetings to inform landowners about a proposed carbon dioxide pipeline in Iowa by Summit Carbon Solutions, LLC, concludes on October 22, 2021, with an additionally scheduled meeting from noon to 2 p.m. at Shenandoah Public Library, 201 S. Elm St., Shenandoah. Summit Carbon filed its request for the meeting dates with the IUB on August 11 in Docket No. HLP-2021-0001. The pipeline, known as the Midwest Carbon Express, is proposed to cross 30 Iowa counties. 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.