Energy Efficiency

 

The Iowa Utilities Board (Board) is responsible for energy efficiency programs and energy efficiency plans by Iowa utilities. Energy efficiency plans in Iowa address both electric and natural gas usage through a variety of programs which attempt to give all customers opportunities to participate.

To read the law that established Iowa Energy Efficiency, visit the Code of Iowa, Chapter 476.6.15

To read the rules that apply to Energy Efficiency read Iowa Administrative Code 199, Chapters 35 and 36, under the Utilities Division section.

Contact

Brenda Biddle
Iowa Utilities Board
1375 E. Court Avenue, RM 69
Des Moines, IA 50319-0069
Phone:  515.725.7305
Fax: 515.725.7398
Email: brenda.biddle@iub.iowa.gov


Investor-owned Utilities (IOUs) Energy Efficiency Program Overview

  • Plans must be cost-effective, with four benefit-cost tests used to determine cost-effectiveness from the perspectives of the participating customers, the utility, the combination of the utility and customers, and the impact on utility rates.
  • Plans must include programs for all types of customers.
  • Plans must include an analysis of potential for energy efficiency, and must include performance standards in terms of energy and capacity savings.
  • IOUs recover costs through an automatic rate pass-through, reconciled annually to prevent over-recovery or under-recovery.
  • The IUB is authorized to conduct prudence reviews of IOU energy efficiency, with authority to disallow imprudent costs.

 

Investor-owned utilities offer many energy efficiency programs. The IOUs’ plans include programs based on proven strategies and pilot programs which test new methods of helping customers reduce energy consumption. Programs typically target customer classes or subgroups of customers, and often provide rebates or loans for energy efficient equipment or building components. To find out which programs are currently underway for various types of customers, and what customer incentives may be available, go to the web sites of the IOUs as follows:

Alliant Energy / Interstate Power and Light Company
Liberty Energy (Midstates) Corporation (f/k/a Atmos Energy)
Black Hills Energy (f/k/a Aquila Networks)
MidAmerican Energy Company

For more information, contact:

Iowa Utility Association:  Mark Douglas - 515.282.2115

Consumer-owned Utilities (COUs) Energy Efficiency Program Overview

Consumer-owned utilities must file energy efficiency plans with the Board by July 1 of even-numbered years. The Board does not approve these plans, but the Board reviews the results of the plans. The goals and implementation of plans by COUs are not the responsibility of the Board.

Consumer-owned utilities in Iowa are allowed to file their plans jointly with other utilities. In the past, the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) and the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives (IAEC) have filed joint plans for many of their member utilities.

For more information, contact:

IAMU: Troy DeJoode - 515.289.1999

IAEC: Regi Goodale - 515.727.8949

Energy Efficiency Plans, Operating Plans and Annual Reports

In January 2009, the Board adopted an electronic filing system (EFS) which allowed participants to electronically file documents for dockets. The EFS does not contain documents or dockets filed prior to 2009 and you cannot view confidential documents through EFS. For more information or to search the Board's electronic filing system please visit the Electronic Filing System web page.

The most recent Energy Efficiency Plans may be found by searching the Board's electronic filing system for the following dockets.

 

Energy Efficiency Dockets in EFS

Company Name Docket Number 
Interstate Power & Light Company, an Alliant Energy Company EEP-2012-0001
MidAmerican Energy Company EEP-2012-0002
Black Hills/Iowa Gas Utility Company, LLC d/b/a Black Hills Energy EEP-2013-0001

Liberty Energy (Midstates) Corporation

EEP-2016-0002
Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities EEP-2009-0001
Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives

EEP-2009-0002 

 

 

Prior Energy Efficiency Plans and associated documents are listed in the table below. Most of the links in the table below refer to compressed/zip files (.zip file). A purpose of a .zip file is to allow for download of many large-sized, related files as one smaller-sized file. It is recommended that you save the .zip file to your computer rather than open the file directly from the web page. To save a file, select "save" from the File Download dialog box when prompted or right-click on the link and select "Save Target As... ." Once the .zip file has been saved to your computer, you may extract the files contained in it.

DISCLAIMER: These compilations of documents (.zip files) are provided as a convenience. The files are for information only and are not intended as official records of the Agency.

 

Interstate Power & Light Company, an Alliant Energy Company

Energy Efficiency Plans Operation Plans Energy Efficiency Annual Reports
EEP-2008-0001   Annual Report for Program Year 2013
  2012 Filings Annual Report for Program Year 2012
  2011 Filings Annual Report for Program Year 2011
  2010 Filings Annual Report for Program Year 2010
  2009 Filings Annual Report for Program Year 2009
     
EEP-2002-0038   Annual Report for Program Year 2008
    Annual Report for Program Year 2007
    Annual Report for Program Year 2006
    Annual Report for Program Year 2005
    Annual Report for Program Year 2004
    Annual Report for Program Year 2003
    Annual Report for Program Years 1999-2002

 

MidAmerican Energy Company

Energy Efficiency Plans Operation Plans Energy Efficiency Annual Reports
EEP-2008-0002   Annual Report for Program Year 2013
  2012 Filings Annual Report for Program Year 2012
  2011 Filings Annual Report for Program Year 2011
  2010 Filings Annual Report for Program Year 2010
  2009 Filings Annual Report for Program Year 2009
     
EEP-2003-0001   Annual Report for Program Year 2008
    Annual Report for Program Year 2007
    Annual Report for Program Year 2006
    Annual Report for Program Year 2005
    Annual Report for Program Year 2004
    Annual Report for Program Year 2003

 

Black Hills Energy (formerly known as Aquila)

Energy Efficiency Plans Operation Plans Energy Efficiency Annual Reports
EEP-2008-0003   Annual Report for Program Year 2013
    Annual Report for Program Year 2012
    Annual Report for Program Year 2011
    Annual Report for Program Year 2010
  2009 Filings Annual Report for Program Year 2009
     
EEP-2003-0004   Annual Report for Program Year 2008
    Annual Report for Program Year 2007
    Annual Report for Program Year 2006
    Annual Report for Program Years 1999-2003

 

Energy Efficiency Reports

Reports

On December 30, 2010, the Iowa Utilities Board issued two reports to the Iowa General Assembly entitled, "Evaluation of Energy Efficiency Goals and Programs Filed with the Iowa Utilities Board by the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities" and "Evaluation of Energy Efficiency Goals and Programs Filed with the Iowa Utilities Board by the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives." These reports were in response to Senate File 2386, enacted in 2008.

In January 2009, the Iowa Utilities Board issued a report to the Iowa General Assembly, titled "Energy Efficiency in Iowa's Natural Gas and Electric Sectors." In addition to background and historical information on energy efficiency in Iowa, it details Iowa utilities' 2007 energy efficiency efforts and the investor-owned (rate regulated) utilities' proposed energy efficiency plans for 2009-2013.

Technical Reference Manual

The Iowa Utilities Board (Board) approved the use of the Iowa Technical Reference Manual (TRM) in an order dated March 22, 2017. However, the Board is not responsible for the content of the TRM. The development and continued maintenance of the TRM will be directed by the TRM Oversight Committee with project coordination support by the Iowa Utility Association. For further information or for questions about the TRM please contact the TRM administrator at iatrmadministrator@veic.org.

The first version of the Iowa TRM was filed on September 30, 2016. Below are the contents of that filing: