Docket Tracker

Docket Tracker

The activity tracker provides summary information for each of the major dockets filed with the Board.  Docket summaries recap the most important facts in particular cases to date. They describe pleadings and Board actions, unique circumstances, and customer or company impacts.

Summaries for dockets which concluded in 2014 have been removed from this page.  All dockets which concluded in 2014 are available for review in the agency's 2014 Annual Report. Information pertaining to dockets not concluded as of December 31, 2014, is included in this online Activity Tracker.

Summaries and listings for specific dockets will be updated periodically throughout the year after cases conclude.  Written summaries will be provided for cases that fall under the other docket types listed.  Upon the release of the Board's Annual Report, summary information relating to dockets concluded during the prior calendar year will be removed from the current activity tracker and may be reviewed in the relevant Annual Report.

To access the summary information, click on the docket type header.  To access the description for a particular type of docket, see Docket Designations.


Alternative Energy Production (AEP)

No AEP dockets currently pending.

Arbitration (ARB)

No ARB dockets currently pending.

Certified Gas Provider (CGP)

No CGP dockets currently pending.

 

Declaratory Ruling (DRU)

No DRU dockets currently pending.

 

Electric Franchises (E)

Emissions Plans and Budgets (EPB)

EPB-2014-0150 Interstate Power and Light Company
On April 1, 2014, IPL filed an updated multi-year plan and budget for managing regulated emissions from its electric power generating facilities located in Iowa that are fueled by coal. IPL’s filing detailed its projected share of capital costs and operations and maintenance expenditures for 2015 through 2016 for ongoing emission control projects at its coal-fired facilities, some of which are jointly owned. On December 3, 2014, the Board issued an order requiring additional information. On December 18, 2014, IPL filed the information. The docket is pending.

EPB-2014-0156 MidAmerican Energy Company
On April 1, 2014, MEC filed an updated multi-year plan and budget for managing regulated emissions from its electric power generating facilities located in Iowa that are fueled by coal. MEC’s filing detailed its projected share of capital costs and operations and maintenance expenditures for 2014 through 2016 for ongoing emission control projects at its coal-fired facilities, some of which are jointly owned. On December 3, 2014, the Board issued an order requiring additional information. On December 18, 2014, MEC filed the information. The docket is pending.

 

Formal Complaint Proceeding (FCU)

Complaints involving slamming, cramming or jamming issues will be listed on a separate page.  No narrative description will be provided for slamming-, cramming- or jamming-related complaints.

FCU-2012-0019 (C-2012-0129)  Rehabilitation Center of Allison, Iowa, Call Termination
On September 25, 2012, the initial complaint was filed by Kathy Miller, Administrator of the Rehabilitation Center of Allison (the facility), Iowa, alleging that the facility was not receiving phone calls and faxes from the Shell Rock Clinic in Shell Rock and the Waverly Health Center in Waverly, Iowa. On December 14, 2012, Board staff issued a proposed resolution stating that it had reviewed the information provided by the various carriers in their responses and noting that, according to CenturyLink, there were no current issues with completion of calls to the Allison facility. Based on analysis of the complaint and the responses, Board staff indicated that it did not believe AireSpring played a role, either as a reseller of CenturyLink’s long-distance service or as an underlying carrier selected by CenturyLink, to deliver long-distance calls. Board staff also concluded that neither Iowa Network Services nor Dumont played a role in misrouting of calls. Staff observed that it appears that CenturyLink had no records to investigate when calls do not complete. Staff noted that CenturyLink can make changes to the routing tables to correct call completion problems and problems can recur if the tables are changed again, but staff noted that CenturyLink appeared to be working in good faith to address any complaints brought to its attention. Staff concluded that the call termination issues for the Allison facility appeared to have been resolved, but asked for continued reporting of any further call completion issues. Staff also noted in its proposed resolution that it is generally agreed that the long-term resolution of the rural call termination situation must be addressed by the Federal Communications Commission. On December 27, 2012, the Office of Consumer Advocate filed a petition for formal complaint proceeding and, on March 15, 2013, the Board docketed this complaint for formal proceeding. The case was assigned to the Board’s Administrative Law Judge. Other parties involved in the complaint include Dumont Telephone Company, (Dumont), AireSpring, Inc. (AireSpring) and Qwest Corporation, d/b/a CenturyLink (CenturyLink). Several prehearing conferences were held during 2014 and a procedural schedule for the proceeding was established. The formal complaint docket is pending.

FCU-2013-0004 (C-2012-0147)  In Re:  Huxley Family Physicians, Call Termination
On November 28, 2012, Lynae Millette, Clinic Administrator of Huxley Family Physicians (HFP) in Huxley, Iowa, filed an initial complaint alleging HFP had experienced about four years of static and problems with telephone calls being disconnected. The complaint also alleged that HFP was not receiving phone calls and faxes from Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames, Iowa. On February 21, 2013, Board staff issued a proposed resolution. Staff determined that changing the underlying carrier resolved the matter and suggested that if Millette experienced further problems with phone calls and faxes to HFP not completing, she could ask the person originating the call or sending faxes to contact their telephone provider and to file a complaint with the Board. On March 7, 2013, the Office of Consumer Advocate filed a request for formal complaint proceeding and, on May 23, 2013, the Board docketed this matter for formal proceeding. This case is assigned to the Board’s Administrative Law Judge. Other parties in the docket include Huxley Communications Cooperative (Huxley Communications) Qwest Corporation d/b/a CenturyLink (CenturyLink), and Bluetone Communications, LLC (Bluetone), formerly known as Bluemile Networks. Prehearing conferences were held during 2014 and a partial procedural schedule for the proceeding was established. The formal complaint docket is pending.

FCU-2013-0005 (C-2013-0005)  Hancock County Health Systems, Call Termination
On January 15, 2013, Curt Gast of Hancock County Health Systems (HCHS) filed an initial complaint, alleging that HCHS had experienced problems completing telephone calls made from its main health clinic campus to outlying telephone numbers within the HCHS telephone service area. On March 14, 2013, Board staff issued a proposed resolution. Staff found that once CenturyLink removed IntelePeer from the routing, calls completed without issue. Staff noted it had contacted Gast, who reported that since CenturyLink made changes to the routing, he had not had any further problems with calls not completing. On June 10, 2013, the Board granted the March 27, 2013, request of the Office of Consumer Advocate for a formal complaint proceeding. The companies involved were: Qwest Corporation, d/b/a CenturyLink QC (CenturyLink), IntelePeer, Impact Telecom, and InterMetro Communications. Prehearing conferences were held in 2014 and a partial procedural schedule was established in this formal complaint docket, which is assigned to the Board’s Administrative Law Judge and is pending.

FCU-2013-0006 (C-2013-0006 and C-2013-0011)  Helen Adolphson and Charlotte Skallerup, Call Termination
On April 29, 2013, Board staff issued proposed resolutions in two rural call completion complaints, identified as Docket Nos. C-2013-0006 and C-2013-0011, recommending that the Board, on its own motion pursuant to Iowa Code § 476.3(1), docket the complaints for further investigation. The Board agreed with its staff that further investigation of these two complaints was warranted. In the informal proceeding identified as Docket No. C-2013-0006, Helen Adolphson filed a complaint with the Board on January 17, 2013, stating that for several months she had experienced problems calling her mother, Faye Wookey, who resides in Emerson, Iowa. Staff found that after CenturyLink removed InterMetro from the routing and performed test calls, the calls completed successfully. On June 24, 2013, the Board issued an order docketing this matter on its own motion and combining complaints. Prehearing conferences were held in 2014 and a partial procedural schedule was established in this formal complaint docket, which is assigned to the Board’s Administrative Law Judge and is pending.

FCU-2013-0007 (C-2013-0025)  Carolyn Frahm, Call Termination
On March 1, 2013, Carolyn Frahm of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, filed a complaint stating that on February 6, 2013, she changed her telephone service provider from MCC Telephony of Iowa, LLC (Mediacom) to Windstream of the Midwest, Inc. (Windstream) due to call completion issues.  Ms. Frahm explained that starting in August of 2012 she had problems completing telephone calls from her home number to the telephone number of a friend in Mediapolis, Iowa. Frahm stated that the problems occurred when her service was provided by Mediacom and continued after she changed to Windstream’s service. Frahm explained that her friend was able to complete calls to Frahm’s telephone number. Board staff issued a proposed resolution on April 26, 2013, noting Windstream’s test calls to the number in question completed each time and the responses of MTC and Verizon, which according to Frahm’s comments dated March 25, 2013, showed her service was working properly. On May 9, 2013, the Office of Consumer Advocate filed a request for formal proceeding. On July 15, 2013, the Board granted the OCA’s petition for formal proceeding. Prehearing conferences were held in 2014 and a partial procedural schedule was established in this formal complaint docket, which is assigned to the Board’s Administrative Law Judge and is pending.

FCU-2013-0009 (C-2013-0026)  Douglas Pals, Call Termination
On July 1, 2013, the Board docketed this matter for formal proceeding on its own motion. In the informal proceeding, Douglas Pals filed a complaint with the Board stating that on February 12, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., he attempted to place a call from his home in Clive, Iowa, to a telephone number in West Liberty, Iowa. Mr. Pals stated that the called party did not answer because the caller identification device (caller ID) on the called party’s telephone did not display his name or telephone number. Pals left a message on the called party’s answering machine and when she returned his call, she explained that the caller ID showed the name "BIDAXIS" and a number which was not Pals' telephone number. Pals explained that his telephone number was served by Qwest Corporation, d/b/a CenturyLink (CenturyLink), since 1999. On May 23, 2013, Board staff issued a proposed resolution finding that once CenturyLink removed Bluetone from the call routing, test calls completed without issue. Staff also observed that Bluetone’s response indicated that its test calls did not duplicate the information reported by Pals. Staff observed that Bluetone’s request that the Board treat the identity of Bluetone's underlying carrier as confidential did not comply with the Board’s requirements in its rules at 199 IAC 1.9. Staff recommended that the Board initiate a formal proceeding. Prehearing conferences were held in 2014 and a partial procedural schedule was established in this formal complaint docket, which is assigned to the Board’s Administrative Law Judge and is pending.

FCU-2014-0007 (C-2014-0005) Sutherland Mercy Medical Clinic, Call Termination
On January 28, 2014, Jason Wilbur filed a complaint on behalf of Sutherland Mercy Medical Clinic. The complaint stated that employees at the Sutherland Mercy Medical Clinic were trying to contact the Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital in Primghar, Iowa, and were unable to complete calls. On March 26, 2014, Board staff issued a proposed resolution. Staff concluded CenturyLink (and its underlying carrier) failed to deliver or complete the calls. In response to the customer's complaint that when some calls completed, they either dropped or had long pauses, staff referred to federal rules prohibiting service providers from conveying false ringing indications. Staff noted that the record in this case did not contain sufficient detail for staff to conclude whether this particular FCC prohibition is implicated. Staff indicated that if the customer continued to experience call completion problems, it might be appropriate to refer the complaint to the FCC to alert that agency of a possible violation of its rule. The Board granted an April 9, 2014, request for a formal proceeding filed by the Office of Consumer Advocate. Prehearing conferences were held in 2014 and a partial procedural schedule was established in this formal complaint docket, which is assigned to the Board’s Administrative Law Judge and is pending.

FCU-2014-0012 (C-2014-0009) Linda Friedrichsen v. Interstate Power and Light Company
On January 31, 2014, Linda Friedrichsen filed an informal complaint against Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL) in regards to the cost of an electric line extension for a new home. Friedrichsen stated that an initial inquiry in 2008 advised that the cost of the service would be between $600.00 and $700.00. However, since that time the poles and facilities had been removed from the property and now the new service would cost $27,500.00. On
March 3, 2014, Board staff issued a proposed resolution, stating that IPL took the correct steps in removing old idle equipment and protecting the other facilities in the area. There are no Board rules that address the rates or costs associated with a line extension. Staff also stated that the length of the time the property had been without active service also played heavily in the resolution as the property had been without active service for at least 20 years. On April 21, 2014, Friedrichsen filed a request for a formal proceeding. On October 6, 2014, the Board issued an order granting the request for formal proceeding.

FCU-2014-0014 (C-2014-0072) Horn Memorial Hospital, Call Termination
On June 6, 2014, Michelle Weber filed a complaint on behalf of Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa. The informal complaint file was forwarded to Frontier Communications of Iowa, Inc. (Frontier), Long Lines Metro, Inc. (Long Lines), which was the terminating provider, and Iowa Network Services, Inc. (INS), which was the terminating tandem provider. The complaint was also sent to underlying carriers, Impact Telecom (Impact) and Level 3 Communications, LLC (Level 3). The complaint cited failed attempts to reach Horn Physicians Clinic in Mapleton, Iowa, from the Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove. The complaint stated calls did not complete due to suspected least cost routing issues. Weber stated that Horn Memorial Hospital is struggling to communicate with the surrounding clinics, hospitals, patients, and pharmacies. Board staff issued a proposed resolution on October 24, 2014, observing that 147 long-distance calls terminated to the telephone number for the Horn Physician's Clinic for the dates in question and three of those calls originated from the hospital. Staff found that Frontier had not been notified that the hospital was experiencing problems completing calls until staff forwarded the complaint on
June 10, 2014. According to Board staff’s review, Frontier routed the calls to Impact. Impact stated it sent the calls to Level 3, but there was no indication that the calls were sent to the terminating tandem to complete. There was conflicting information from Impact and Level 3 and Board staff was not able to resolve the dispute between Impact and Level 3 regarding the trouble ticket. Staff observed that the hospital had not had further call completion problems after Frontier removed Impact from the call route and added new underlying carriers. On November 4, 2014, the Office of Consumer Advocate filed a request for a formal proceeding. This docket is pending.

FCU-2014-0015 Montana Mike's Steakhouse Et. Al. v. MidAmerican Energy Company (C-2014-0123, C-2014-0126, C-2014-0127, C-2014-0128, C-2014-0129, C-2014-0130, C-2014-0131, C-2014-0132, C-2014-0141, AND C-2014-0142)
From September 18, 2014, through October 20, 2014, 11 small business customers in Iowa filed written complaints with the Iowa Utilities Board against MEC regarding the increase in the electric rate associated with a new demand charge. Customers indicated MEC advised them the change was due to a ruling made by the Board. The business customers are: Judy Lilly on behalf of Montana Mike’s Steakhouse, Des Moines; Steve Hammen on behalf of Buena Vista County Courthouse and the Law Enforcement Center, Storm Lake; Doug Spitzagle on behalf of Avoca Super Foods, Avoca; Bob LeMonds on behalf of R&L Foods, Doon, Gene Loffredo and Mark Zimmerman on behalf of Loffredo Fresh Produce, Des Moines; Tom Mulholland on behalf of Mulholland Grocery, Malvern; Scott Havens on behalf of Scott’s Foods, Norwalk; Storage & Design, Ron Patterson on behalf of Storage & Design, Des Moines; Brendan Comito on behalf of Capital City Fruit, Norwalk. On November 21, 2014, the Board issued an order opening a formal complaint proceeding and setting a hearing date of January 6, 2015. This docket is pending.

FCU-2014-0016 Arti, LLC, v. MidAmerican Energy Company
On October 20, 2014, Arti filed an informal complaint against MEC regarding the rates charged by MEC for electric service at the Arti facility in Council Bluffs, Iowa. In the informal complaint, Arti disputed the monthly MEC electric billing and requested a Board review of the application of the equalization and phase-in factors, which resulted in a significant rate increase for electric service. On November 10, 2014, MEC filed a response to the complaint. The response included confidential information regarding Pinnacle and Arti, equalization and phase-in factors for each facility, and the applicable MEC tariff provisions. In the response, MEC stated that it suspended all collection activity on the disputed portion of the Arti electric bill pending resolution of the complaint. On November 21, 2014, the Board issued an order opening a formal complaint proceeding. On December 22, 2014, MEC and Arti filed a joint status report indicating that the parties continued to be engaged in negotiations without having reached a settlement agreement. The parties informed the Board they would file another status report by January 26, 2015. The docket is pending.

 

 

 

Generating Certificate (GCU)

No GCU dockets currently pending.

Investigation (INU)

INU-2014-0001 Avoided Costs
On January 14, 2014, Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), MidAmerican Energy Company (MEC), the Office of Consumer Advocate, and the Environmental Law and Policy Center and the Iowa Environmental Council each filed a request for investigation regarding various aspects of IPL’s and MEC’s avoided costs of electricity.  Avoided costs have been addressed in various dockets, most recently in IPL’s and MEC’s energy efficiency plan proceedings.  Although there was agreement on some issues in those dockets regarding avoided costs for energy efficiency purposes, there was no consensus on qualifying facility avoided cost issues.  On April 22, 2014, the Board issued an order initiating an investigation and requiring additional information and technical workshop(s).  The Board’s order stated that MEC and IPL provided narrative descriptions of their avoided cost methodologies, but little information showing how the various inputs for avoided cost calculation are acquired or assembled and calculated.  The Board directed each of the utilities to conduct an interactive forum where Board staff and all those who requested the avoided cost investigation can view the information and interact with utility staff familiar with the models.  The Board also stated that after completion of the workshops, the Board will determine what additional steps are required to continue the investigation.  The docket is pending.

 

Notice of Inquiry (NOI)

NOI-2008-0003 PURPA Standards in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
On December 5, 2008, the Board initiated an inquiry in response to the requirements of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.  On August 24, 2009, a workshop on smart grid issues was held.  The Board issued an order in 2010 expanding the inquiry to include the aggregation of retail customers (ARCs).  On March 29, 2010, the Board issued an order temporarily prohibiting ARCs from operating in Iowa.  On April 6, 2010, a second workshop was held, addressing both smart grid and ARCs.  On October 14, 2011, a Board order was issued that contained specific questions related to both smart grid and ARCs.  A summary of comments filed is part of a memorandum to the Board dated April 30, 2012.  On June 25, 2012, the Board issued an order that continued the prohibition on ARCs operating in Iowa.  On October 18, 2013, the Board issued an order requesting additional information on current smart grid issues.  A summary of comments is available on the Board’s electronic filing system.  On January 14, 2014, the Board issued an order continuing the inquiry and thanking inquiry participants for their continued interest and participation.  This docket is pending.

NOI-2014-0001 Distributed Generation
On January 7, 2014, the Board issued an order initiating an inquiry into the subject of distributed generation to consider the policy and technical issues associated with its potential widespread use, including consumer protection, interconnection, and safety. To initiate the discussion, the Board invited participants to comment on broad general questions related to the benefits and challenges of distributed generation, both for utilities and their ratepayers, on policies that should be examined with respect to distributed generation, and to identify the technical, financial, regulatory, and safety aspects of distributed generation that should be examined in this docket. The Board received written comments from more than 170 interested parties representing utilities, utility associations, environmental groups, renewable energy advocates, and other organizations, businesses, and individuals. The participants identified a wide range of topics that could be addressed in the inquiry, but the Board decided to focus on the topics of net metering, interconnection of distributed generation, including safety and reliability, and customer awareness. The Board’s Policy Development Section staff led this inquiry. A workshop was held on October 21, 2014, to discuss the distributed generation informational guide that was drafted by staff. Following the workshop, staff revised the guide and on December 3, 2014, the Board asked for final input on the guide. The Board planned to issue an order in early 2015 approving the Informational Guide for On-Site Generation. The guide will be available on the Board’s Web site. Work on the topics of interconnection and net metering would continue. The Board issued an order on December 22, 2014, requesting participants to propose language for use in a rulemaking for 199 IAC chapter 45 (Electric Interconnection of Distributed Generation Facilities). The docket is pending.

NOI-2014-0002 Peak Alert Rules
On January 23, 2014, the Board opened an inquiry on its peak alert rules, 199 IAC 20.11. The existing rules went into effect in 1983 and were last amended in 2003. On March 14, 2014, participants filed comments which included recommendations to update or rescind the peak alert rules. On April 17, 2014, the Board issued an order soliciting additional comments. On May 16 and June 20, 2014, additional comments were filed. On November 19, 2014, the Board issued an order commencing a rule making (Docket No. RMU-2014-0007) to consider changes to the peak alert rules. The NOI docket is pending.

NOI-2014-0004 Statute of Limitations and Board Jurisdiction over Municipal Utility Level Payment Plans
On December 3, 2014, the Board issued an order initiating this notice of inquiry to gather comments on whether a payment agreement is a written agreement for purposes of application of the ten-year statute of limitations established in Iowa Code § 614.1(5); whether the statute of limitations in Iowa Code §§ 614.1(4) and 614.1(5) are applicable to debts owed for natural gas and electric service; and the extent of the Board’s jurisdiction over level payment plans offered by municipal natural gas and electric utilities. The Board stated in the December 3, 2014, order that a workshop would be scheduled to allow for further discussion of these issues. The docket is pending.

 

 

Refund Plan (RFU)

No RFU dockets currently pending.

Rule Makings (RMU)

RMU-2014-0002 Eligibility, Certification, and Reporting Requirements for Eligible Telecommunications Carriers and Related Confidentiality Provisions [199 IAC 1 and 39]
On July 17, 2014, the Board issued an order proposing to update the Board’s rules governing its designation of telecommunications carriers eligible to receive support from the federal universal service fund. The amendments proposed were necessary to eliminate outdated provisions, to align the Board’s rules with recent reforms to the federal universal service fund, and to clarify the process by which telecommunications carriers seeking Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) designation from the Board apply for the designation. The Board also proposed to amend its rule at 199 IAC 1.9(5)"c" to update the ETC-related filings on the list of materials for which requests for confidential treatment will be deemed granted. On September 10, 2014, written comments in this docket were filed, by the Office of Consumer Advocate, Qwest Corporation, d/b/a CenturyLink (CenturyLink), the Iowa Communications Alliance (ICA), and Windstream Iowa Communications, Inc. (Windstream). On October 28, 2014, the oral comment proceeding was held and the OCA, CenturyLink, and the ICA participated. The docket is pending.

RMU-2014-0003 Amendments to Telephone Service Regulations [199 IAC 22)
On April 25, 2014, Governor Branstad signed into law Senate File 2195, which amended various sections of Iowa Code chapters 476 and 477 in response to an increasingly competitive telecommunications industry in Iowa. One of the amendments resulting from the enactment of Senate File 2195 was the elimination of retail tariff requirements for local exchange carriers (LECs). The Board’s rules regarding the provision of telecommunications services in 199 IAC chapter 22 contain multiple references to retail tariffs and retail tariff requirements, which must be amended in order to implement the new provisions of § 476.2. On May 30, 2014, the Board issued an information order and requested responses in a rule-making proceeding to address these changes, because some carriers may choose to withdraw their retail services tariffs before the Board can complete a rule-making proceeding and to provide some direction to those carriers. This docket is pending.

RMU-2014-0004  Disconnection of Public Utility Water Service for Failure to Pay Sewer, Wastewater, or Storm Drainage Bill
On August 11, 2014, the Board opened a rule making docket to amend the Board’s water service rules to comply with the statutory provisions in Iowa Code § 476.20(1)(b). The new statutory provisions provide that a water utility may disconnect a customer for failure of the customer to pay a past due debt owed to a city utility, city enterprise, combined city utility, or combined city utility for wastewater service or services of sewer systems, storm water drainage systems, or sewage treatment. As of December 2014, the Board had not issued an order with a "Notice of Intended Action" with proposed rules to be published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin.

RMU-2014-0007  Peak Alert Rules
On November 19, 2014, the Board issued an order commencing a rule making to consider changes to the electric peak alert rules, 199 IAC 20.11.  The peak alert rules had been the subject on an inquiry proceeding (Docket No. NOI-2014-0002).  The proposed rules, among other things, would give utilities an opportunity to tailor their peak alert message to fit their specific situations, recognizing that there are both summer and winter peaking utilities in Iowa.   Written comments were due on December 30, 2014, and an oral presentation was scheduled for January 28, 2015.

 

Rate Proceeding (RPU)

RPU-2014-0001 (SPU-2005-0015, TF-2014-0033) Interstate Power and Light Company
On January 13, 2014, IPL filed a "Motion for Approval of Corporate Undertaking and Corporate Undertaking." IPL said the filing was made in compliance with the Board’s January 31, 2013, order in Docket Nos. SPU-2005-0015 and TF-2012-0577, where IPL was directed to file a corporate undertaking by January 13, 2014, in the event IPL files a general rate case proceeding in the first quarter of 2014. IPL said that it was working with the parties to resolve issues related to the new purchase power agreement (PPA) with NextEra Energy Duane Arnold, LLC (NextEra), but that if those issues were not resolved, IPL was committed to removing NextEra PPA capacity costs from base tariff rates in a general rate case to be filed in 2014, with a refund obligation that begins the same day as energy adjustment clause cost recovery for the new NextEra PPA charges starts, which would be on February 22, 2014. For administrative purposes, the filing was identified as Docket No. RPU-2014-0001. On February 19, 2014, the Board issued an order approving the corporate undertaking. On March 25, 2014, IPL, the Office of Consumer Advocate, the Iowa Consumers Coalition, and the Large Energy Group filed a unanimous settlement agreement and joint motion for approval of agreement. The proposed settlement by all parties to Docket No. SPU-2005-0015 resolved the potential double recovery of Duane Arnold Energy Center PPA costs raised in that docket. On September 24, 2014, the Board issued an order approving the settlement and requiring IPL to file annual reports regarding its earned return on equity and year-over-year variances in its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accounts beginning on March 1, 2015.

RPU-2014-0002 MidAmerican Ratemaking Principles
On October 10, 2013, MEC filed a request for advance ratemaking principles applicable to up to 162 Megawatts of new wind generation, which MEC calls Wind IX. On November 19, 2014, MEC and the Office of Consumer Advocate filed a proposed settlement resolving all issues. A hearing on the proposed settlement was held on December 17, 2014, and the Board issued orders requiring additional information on November 14, December 2, December 11, and December 31, 2014. This docket is pending.

 

Service Proceeding (SPU)

SPU-2010-0006  Qwest Communications International, Inc., and CenturyTel, Inc.
On November 19, 2010, the Board issued an order approving settlement agreements, granting motions to withdraw, and allowing proposed reorganization (Reorganization Order), allowing the transfer of control of the operating subsidiaries of Qwest Communications to CenturyTel (CenturyLink) (collectively, Applicants). The Reorganization Order established several post-merger reporting requirements.  In considering the proposed reorganization, the Board identified the merged company's ability to further broadband deployment in Iowa as a factor in the Board's evaluation of how the merger would affect the public interest.  The Applicants committed to spend no less than $25 million on broadband in Iowa in the five years following the closing of the transaction.  A broadband reporting requirement and annual meeting with the Board and Applicants was established so that the Board could monitor CenturyLink's progress on this commitment.  On January 15, 2014, CenturyLink filed a request for the Board to confirm that the annual broadband report was no longer required in its current form given that CenturyLink had satisfied its merger obligation.  On April 21, 2014, the Board issued an order, which terminated the annual broadband deployment reporting requirement and continued the annual broadband deployment meetings through May 2016.

 

Telephone Certificate (TCU)

No TCU dockets currently pending.

Waiver Requests (WRU)

WRU-2014-0013-0004 (Ironwood Development, LC and Professional Property Management, Inc.
On September 11, 2014, Ironwood and Professional Property Management filed a request to waive the individual metering requirements in 199 IAC 20.3(1)"b" to allow master metering at an apartment complex with two multi-occupancy buildings in Altoona, Iowa. On October 29, 2014, the Board issued an order asking Ironwood and Professional Property Management to file additional information. The docket is pending.

WRU-2014-0018-4424 Skybeam, LLC
On December 22, 2014, Skybeam filed an application for Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) designation and requested a waiver of specific Iowa Administrative Code sections related to Skybeam’s applications for ETC status. The docket is pending.