Electric Safety

 

The Iowa Utilities Board, Safety and Engineering Section, is responsible for the regulation of safety of the facilities of electric service providers and electric transmission companies. Electric utilities are inspected by Board staff for compliance with Board safety standards.

Searching for Inspection Reports

Inspection reports and utility responses are on file in the Board’s electronic filing system (EFS). Inspection reports and responses are filed in each company's electric reports (RE) docket. To search for these documents, click the EFS link, select Search from the top navigation menu and scroll down to Docket Search. This will open a docket search screen. Select RE - Reports, Electric from the Docket Type drop down box and then select the company name from the Participants drop down box. Be sure to click the Add button to add the company to the search parameters. After entering the search terms, click the Search button. This will display the company's RE-Docket Summary Page. Finally, click on the Documents in EFS link to display the list of documents on file for that company.

Searching for Incident Reports

Incident (or accident) reports are on file in the Board’s electronic filing system (EFS). Incident reports are filed in each company's accidents and outages (H) docket. To search for an incident report, click the EFS link, select Search from the top navigation menu and scroll down to Docket Search. This will open a docket search screen. Select H - Accident -- Outages from the Docket Type drop down box and then select the company name from the Participants drop down box. Be sure to click the Add button to add the company to the search parameters. To narrow the search to electric service incidents only, click Electric in the Industry Type box. After entering the search terms, click the Search button. This will display the company's H-Docket Summary Page. Finally, click on the Documents in EFS link to display the list of documents on file in that company's H-Docket.

One Call Underground Locate Service

To avoid a potential accident caused by excavation, have the location of all utility lines marked before excavating by hand or with equipment. In fact, to comply with Iowa law, in accordance with Iowa Code chapter 480, Underground Facilities Information, a person must contact Iowa One Call at 811 or 1-800-292-8989 a minimum of two days before excavation commences. After Iowa One Call is contacted, the following will happen.

  • Operators with underground facilities in the area where the excavation is planned are notified. This includes natural gas and power utilities, communications companies, and cities and towns.
  • Within 48 hours after being contacted, utilities either mark their underground facilities with color-coded paint marks or flags, or tell the excavator they have no lines in the area.

If a contractor is performing the excavation work, a person should make sure that the contractor calls Iowa One Call two days prior to the commencement of excavating.

Electric Safety Program Contact Information:

Don Stursma
Manager, Safety and Engineering Section
Iowa Utilities Board
515.725.7352
don.stursma@iub.iowa.gov

Media Inquiries Contact Information:

Don Tormey
Communications Manager

Iowa Utilities Board
515.725.7347
don.tormey@iub.iowa.gov

 

Off-site Links

Iowa Electrical Safety Code (199 Iowa Admin. Code chapter 25)

Electric Service Territory Maps

Iowa One Call logoIowa One Call

 

CGI (Common Ground Iowa)Common Ground Iowa

 

Call 811 logoCall 811 (National)

 

Other Links

Railroad & Utility Emergency Contact Information

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