Certified Natural Gas Providers

 

Iowa Code Section 476.87 requires the Iowa Utilities Board (Board) to certify all competitive natural gas providers and aggregators (CNGPs) (as defined in Iowa Code Section 476.86) providing natural gas services to customers in Iowa.  The complete rules concerning certification can be found at 199 IAC 19.14.

Application Forms

There are three different application forms available—one for each of the services an applicant is seeking to provide as described below. All forms are provided in MS Word format.:

Form for Small Volume Users
Usage does not exceed 25,000 therms in any month and does not exceed 100,000 therms in any consecutive 12-month period.

Form for Large Volume Users
Usage exceeds 25,000 therms in any month or 100,000 therms in any consecutive 12-month period.

Form for Vehicle Fuel Providers
A CNGP under Iowa Code section 476.86 that owns or operates facilities to sell natural gas as vehicle fuel to a retail end user.  A handbook containing four state agencies' requirements and procedures (PDFnow leaving the IUB web site) necessary to use, distribute, and service compressed natural gas (CNG) in Iowa is available.  This handbook represents a collaboration between multiple Iowa state agencies.  The IUB is responsible for the portion of the document related to IUB requirements.  The IUB does not have responsibility for the information provided by the other agencies and cannot answer questions about their requirements.  Please contact the relevant agency with any questions.

 

CNGPs must receive a certificate from the Board in order to provide competitive natural gas services to Iowa retail end users.  A list of currently certified providers, previously certified providers, providers with cancelled certificates and pending applications is available for viewing or download.  The list also includes the rate-regulated natural gas utilities that provide unregulated competitive natural gas services.  Pursuant to Iowa Code §476.86(2)(a), a certificate is not required when competitive natural gas services are provided by a rate regulated natural gas utility.

Applications for certification must include an application fee of $125, made payable to the Iowa Utilities Board, to cover administrative costs.  During the certification proceeding and after certification, applicants and CNGPs are required to notify the Board of any material change in the representations and commitments required for certification within 14 days of the change.  Material changes requiring notification include, but are not limited to; CNGP name changes, changes in CNGP business structure, changes in CNGP ownership, and for Vehicle Fuel Providers, the opening of additional fueling stations or the closing of fueling stations.  Once a CNGP has been granted a certificate to provide natural gas services in Iowa, the CNGP is required to file an annual report by April 1st each year detailing monthly sales volumes and revenues.

The Board will act on applications within 90 days unless the Board determines that an additional 60 days is necessary.  Applications will be considered complete and the 90-day period will commence when all required materials have been submitted.  If the filing is deficient, applicants will be notified and given 30 days to remedy deficiencies.

For more information, contact Barb Oswalt in the Energy Section at 515.725.7342 or by email to Barb.Oswalt@iub.iowa.gov.


How to File a CNGP Application

CNGP applications are to be filed electronically with the Board.  To submit a filing or to register for a user account, please visit the EFS home page.

Initial CNGP applications will be held in the EFS system until the application fee of $125 is received.  After the application has been uploaded to the EFS, the application fee should be mailed to:

Executive Secretary
Iowa Utilities Board
1375 E. Court Avenue, Room 69
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0069

Once the application fee is received, the application will be processed.

Once an application is filed, a docket number will be assigned under the CGP (Competitive Gas Provider) docket designation.  CNGPs should reference the docket number assigned to the original application (i.e. Docket No. CGP-XXXX-XXXX) whenever additional information is filed with the Board.

For more information, contact Barb Oswalt in the Energy Section at 515.725.7342 or by email to Barb.Oswalt@iub.iowa.gov.

 

How to File Confidential Materials

All filings with the Board are to be made electronically through its Electronic Filing System.  To submit a filing or to register for a user account, please visit the EFS home page.

You may request material to be held confidential in a CGP filing according to Board rule 199 IAC 1.9(6).  If a request for confidentially complies with the requirements below, the materials in your filing will be temporarily withheld from public inspection until the Board approves or denies the request.

Confidential Materials

The rules governing confidential treatment of materials are 199 IAC 1.9(6). Confidential treatment may be requested for all of the information contained in the annual report form, except for the total annual gross revenues for Iowa operations, which are made public pursuant to Iowa Code § 476.10. If an applicant wishes to seek confidential treatment for this information, they must file a Request for Confidentiality (Request) with the Board.

A request for confidentiality must include the legal basis for withholding the materials from public inspection and the facts relied upon in support of the legal basis, and supported by an affidavit executed by a corporate officer or by an individual, if not a business entity, with personal knowledge of the specific facts.  If the materials are requested to be withheld from public inspection for only a limited period of time, the period must be specified.

When electronically filing a document containing confidential information, a person shall file one public version of the document with the confidential information redacted according to the Board's standards for electronic information and one version of the document containing all of the information with the confidential information highlighted.  The two versions of the document shall be named according to the following convention:  "Document Title – Public" and "Document Title – Confidential."  It is the responsibility of the person submitting a public version of the electronic document to take appropriate measures to ensure that any embedded information for which confidential treatment is sought is nonviewable, nonsearchable, and nonreversible.  Each page of the confidential version of the document shall be marked in a way that identifies it as belonging to the confidential version of the document.  The confidential material itself shall be highlighted or otherwise distinguished on the page to identify what specific information is confidential.

If a Request complies with the procedure outlined here and the content of the Request as described above, then the materials will be temporarily withheld from public inspection until the Board examines the documents to determine whether confidentiality is granted.  If the Request is granted, the ruling will be placed in a public file in lieu of the materials withheld from public inspection.  If the Request is denied, the documents will be held confidential for 14 days to allow the applicant an opportunity to seek injunctive relief.  After the 14 days expire, the materials will be available for public inspection, unless the Board is directed by a court to keep the information confidential.

For more information about filing confidential materials, contact the Records Center at 515.725.7337.

 

CNGP Annual Report

Pursuant to 199 IAC 19.14(5)"c," all CNGPs are required to file an annual report with the IUB on April 1 of each year. The annual report form is form CNGP-1 and is available on the Board's Web site. The annual report may be filed with a request for confidential treatment pursuant to 199 IAC 1.9(6). The appropriate filing procedure is detailed below.

Annual Information

  1. The average number of small volume end users served per month.
  2. The average number of large volume end users served per month.
  3. The total volume of sales to small volume end users, by month.
  4. The total volume of sales to large volume end users, by month.
  5. The revenue collected from small volume end users for competitive natural gas services, excluding any revenue collected from end users on behalf of utilities.
  6. The revenue collected from large volume end users for competitive natural gas services, excluding any revenue collected from end users on behalf of utilities.
  7. The date the applicant began providing service in Iowa.

Filing Procedure

The annual report form for CNGPs is form CNGP-1.  This form is to be filed electronically with the Board.  To submit an annual report filing or to register for a user account, please visit the EFS home page.

Confidential Materials
(Note: This information is included in both the "How to File Confidential Materials" section, and the "Annual Report" section.)

The rules governing confidential treatment of materials are 199 IAC 1.9(6).  Confidential treatment may be requested for all of the information contained in the annual report form, except for the total annual gross revenues for Iowa operations, which are made public pursuant to Iowa Code Section 476.10.  If you wish to seek confidential treatment for this information, you must file a Request for Confidentiality (Request) with the Board.

A request for confidentiality must include the legal basis for withholding the materials from public inspection and the facts relied upon in support of the legal basis, and supported by an affidavit executed by a corporate officer or by an individual, if not a business entity, with personal knowledge of the specific facts.  If the materials are requested to be withheld from public inspection for only a limited period of time, the period must be specified.

When electronically filing a document containing confidential information, a person shall file one public version of the document with the confidential information redacted according to the Board's standards for electronic information and one version of the document containing all of the information with the confidential information highlighted.  The two versions of the document shall be named according to the following convention:  "Document Title – Public" and "Document Title – Confidential."  It is the responsibility of the person submitting a public version of the electronic document to take appropriate measures to ensure that any embedded information for which confidential treatment is sought is nonviewable, nonsearchable, and nonreversible.  Each page of the confidential version of the document shall be marked in a way that identifies it as belonging to the confidential version of the document.  The confidential material itself shall be highlighted or otherwise distinguished on the page to identify what specific information is confidential.

If a Request complies with the procedure outlined here and the content of the Request as described above, then the materials will be temporarily withheld from public inspection until the Board examines the documents to determine whether confidentiality is granted.  If the Request is granted, the ruling will be placed in a public file in lieu of the materials withheld from public inspection.  If the Request is denied, the documents will be held confidential for 14 days to allow the applicant an opportunity to seek injunctive relief.  After the 14 days expire, the materials will be available for public inspection, unless the Board is directed by a court to keep the information confidential.

For more information about filing confidential materials, contact the Records Center at 515.725.7337.

 

Requirements to Notify Board of Material Changes

If an Iowa CNGP changes its name or any other representations or commitments made in its initial filing, it must notify the Board of any such changes within 14 days of the change.  This would also include any changes in address, telephone number, contact person, etc.  In the case of a name change, the Board would issue a new certificate reflecting the new name.  This notification is required by 199 IAC 19.14(3).  When filing a Notice of Change with the Board, CNGPs should reference the docket number assigned to the original application for certification, i.e. Docket No. CGP-XXXX-XXXX.  CNGPs should follow the Board's standard filing procedures when submitting this information.

For more information, contact Barb Oswalt in the Energy Section at 515.725.7342 or by email to Barb.Oswalt@iub.iowa.gov.