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The IUB has expanded the file types that are accepted in its electronic filing system (EFS). Users can now submit, search, and download geographic information system (GIS) files. Unlike static PDFs or paper maps, electronic maps are interactive. Anyone opening a GIS file will be able to zoom in or out to view specific areas of the map. The newly accepted file formats are: kmz, kml, shp, shx, dbf, and prj. Find more information about this added electronic filing system feature including frequently asked questions about the new EFS filing types here.
The IUB supports Iowa's One Call law by reminding Iowans to practice caution before starting any digging project by requesting a utility location through Iowa One Call or by calling 811 before digging. Calling 811 is free and it’s the law. Submitting a locate request notifies operators with underground utility facilities of your intent to dig. Iowa law requires that any resident or professional excavator contact 811, or Iowa One Call, a minimum of two business days before digging to prevent serious injuries, service disruptions, and costly repairs that may occur when buried gas, electric, communications, water, or sewer lines are damaged. The Office of the Attorney General enforces the One Call Law and the IUB assists the AG with investigation of One Call complaints. Visit the Iowa One Call or Call 811 websites.
The IUB issued an order on May 14, 2021, approving the proposed non-standard customer notices filed by Black Hills Energy (Black Hills) and establishing eight consumer comment meetings regarding Black Hills' application to increase its customer natural gas utility rates and charges in docket RPU-2021-0002. The approved customer notice states Black Hills is requesting a temporary rate increase to be effective June 11, 2021. The IUB has scheduled seven in-person and one virtual consumer comment meetings that begin on 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 serves approximately 160,000 customers in Iowa. See frequently asked questions about this rate case.