Court Proceedings

This page details the status of existing court cases involving the IUB.  

Updated January 20, 2023

Polk County District Court Case No. CVCV060840 / Appeal Case No. 21-0696
Proceeding:
LS Power Midcontinent et al v. State of Iowa, Iowa Utilities Board, Geri D. Huser et al – Petition for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief filed October 14, 2020
Subject: Challenge to adoption of Iowa Code § 478.16, granting right of first refusal to build transmission lines
Current Status: District court decision upheld by Iowa Court of Appeals on July 8, 2022. Appellants’ Application for Further Review granted by Supreme Court November 3, 2022. NextEra motion to file amicus curiae granted. Oral argument scheduled for February 21, 2023.
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Polk County District Court Case No. CVCV061580 / Appeal Case No. 21-1788
Proceeding:
Linda Juckette v. Iowa Utilities Board – Petition for Judicial Review of Agency Action filed March 24, 2021
Subject: Judicial review of the granting of a franchise in Docket No. E-22417
Current Status: Oral argument held January 18, 2023. Awaiting Supreme Court opinion.
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Polk County District Court Case No. CVCV061992 / Appeal Case No. 22-0385
Proceeding: 
Environmental Law & Policy Center, Iowa Environmental Council, and Sierra Club v. Iowa Utilities Board – Petition for Judicial Review filed June 11, 2021
Subject: Judicial Review of Order approving MidAmerican Energy EPB in Docket No. EPB-2020-0156
Current Status: Supreme Court retention filed December 27, 2022. In process of scheduling oral argument.
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Polk County District Court Case No. CVCV062900 / Appeal Case No. 21-1444
Proceeding: 
Summit Carbon Solutions, LLC v. Iowa Utilities Board – filed December 14, 2021
Subject: Request for injunction barring the disclosure of landowner mailing lists (public records request case)
Current Status: District Court denied Motion for Permanent Injunction on August 12, 2022. Notice of Appeal filed on September 2, 2022. Awaiting Court’s Notice of Briefing Schedule.
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Polk County District Court Case No. CVCV062999
Proceeding: 
Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities v. Iowa Utilities Board
Subject: Judicial Review of Chapter 27 rules adopted in Docket No. RMU-2020-0027
Current Status: District court entered final ruling on petition for judicial review November 18, 2022. Ruling final December 18, 2022. 
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Polk County District Court Case No. CVCV063447
Proceeding: 
MidAmerican Energy Company v. Iowa Utilities Board
Subject: Judicial Review of Final Order in FCU-2020-0003, complaint of Curt and Andrea Beane 
Current Status: Court ruling entered December 15, 2022. Appeal, if any, due January 14, 2023.
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Polk County District Court Case No. CVCV063439 and CVCV064019
Proceeding: 
ITC Midwest LLC v. Iowa Utilities Board
Subject: Judicial review of Order Requiring Amendment of Electric Franchise issued in Docket No. E-21340
Current Status: Final day of stay extended to April 20, 2023.
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Polk County District Court Case No. CVCV064145
Proceeding: 
MidAmerican Energy Company; Black Hills/Iowa Gas Utility Company, LLC d/b/a/ Black Hills Energy; Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives; Interstate Power and Light Company; and Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities v. Iowa Utilities Board
Subject: Judicial review of 2022 Iowa Energy Center invoices
Current Status: All briefs filed. Hearing held January 13, 2023. Awaiting ruling.
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Polk County District Court Case No. EQCE088016
Proceeding: Wolf Carbon Solutions US, LLC v. Iowa Utilities Board
Subject: Request for injunction barring the disclosure of landowner mailing lists (public records request case) 
Current Status: Motion for stay (enjoining distribution of mailing list) granted September 2022. Sierra Club’s Motion to Intervene denied & Wolf’s Motion to Strike denied January 7, 2023. Wolf’s motion to stay proceeding pending outcome of Summit case granted February 1, 2023. Non-jury trial set for January 16-17, 2024. 
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Polk County District Court Case No. EQCE088024
Proceeding:
Navigator Heartland Greenway, LLC v. Iowa Utilities Board
Subject: Request for injunction barring the disclosure of landowner mailing lists (public records request case)
Current Status: Motion to Stay proceeding pending outcome of Summit case granted December 28, 2022. Motion to Stay granted. Status Conference set for September 1, 2023. Non-jury trial set for December 6-7, 2023.
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Polk County District Court Case No. CVCV064397
Proceeding:
Duane Arnold Solar, LLC, and Duane Arnold II, LLC v. Iowa Utilities Board
Subject: Judicial review of requirement that “final unappealable” zoning decision be obtained prior to issuance of certificate.
Current Status: Awaiting court response to Duane Arnold Solar's Dismissal Without Prejudice filed November 10, 2022.
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Polk County District Court Case No. EQCE088409
Proceeding:
Wolf Carbon Solutions US, LLC v. Iowa Utilities Board
Subject: Request for an injunction barring the disclosure of landowner mailing lists. This is a public records request case.
Current Status: Petition filed January 3, 2023. Motion for Temporary Stay granted January 18, 2023. Motion for temporary stay granted January 18, 2023. Wolf’s motion to stay proceeding pending outcome of Summit case granted February 1, 2023. Status conference set October 3, 2023.  
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