Open Notices of Inquiry (NOI)


This page will serve as a repository of Notice of Inquiry (NOI) dockets currently open before the Board.

NOI-2010-0002 National Broadband Plan and State Broadband Deployment Plan

On August 25, 2010, the Board opened an inquiry to receive broad public input about how Iowa may be affected by the Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Plan (NBP). The NBP covers many topics, including issues relating to broadband investment and infrastructure and the universal service support and intercarrier compensation systems. The Board’s order reviews some of the reforms proposed in the NBP and asks a series of questions relating to how Iowa consumers might be affected by the proposed reforms, as well as other questions relating to broadband deployment in Iowa. The Board also seeks information relating to the development of a statewide broadband deployment plan, a task of the Broadband Deployment Governance Board, for which the Utilities Board is a supporting agency. For complete information about the NOI, please view or download the “Order Initiating Inquiry and Appointing Inquiry Manager."

On October 15, 2010, the Board received comments from the following fourteen interested parties: the Iowa League of Cities, the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Utility Association, Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives,Verizon, CTIA Wireless Association, Windstream Iowa, A.T.&T.,Iowa Telecommunications Association, Rural Iowa Independent Telephone Association, Qwest, Cox Communications, and the Consumer Advocate Division of the Department of Justice. . Presently, the Board is reviewing the comments and considering possible next steps. The NBP can be accessed at

Suzanne Smith is the inquiry manager for this docket. For more information, contact Ms. Smith at 515.725.7344 or

NOI-2014-0001 Distributed Generation

On January 7, 2014, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) initiated a notice of inquiry (Docket No. NOI-2014-0001) to consider the technical and policy issues associated with potential widespread use of distributed generation (DG).  The goal of the inquiry is to determine extent of interest, existence of opportunities and barriers, existence and extent of consumer protection, safety and/or interconnection issues, and IUB’s role in dealing with any such issues.

On May 12, 2014, the Board issued an order which narrowed the initial focus of the inquiry to three main areas:

If you have questions about this inquiry, please contact Brenda Biddle ( at 515.725.7305.

NOI-2014-0003 Bill Payment Agreements for Electric and Natural Gas Service Provided by Rate Regulated, Municipal and Electric Cooperative Utilities

Information about Docket No. NOI-2014-0003 is available in the Board's Electronic Filing System.

NOI-2014-0004 Application of the Statute of Limitations to Debts Owed by Customers for Natural Gas and Electric Service and Board Jurisdiction Over Municipal Level Payment Plans

Information about Docket No. NOI-2014-0004 is available in the Board's Electronic Filing System.

NOI-2015-0001 Wind and Renewable Energy Tax Credits

This inquiry was opened on August 21, 2015.  Participants are invited to respond to some or all of the questions outlined in the order and also listed below.  Participants may also provide any additional comments or information that they believe are relevant to this inquiry.  Responses are due on or before September 25, 2015, and shall be made using the Board's electronic filing system.  Ellen Shaw has been appointed as inquiry manager.  Questions regarding this docket should be addressed to Ms. Shaw, 515.725.7348, or via e-mail at

1. Should the Board set conditions or milestone requirements upon which a 12-month extension of the operational deadline would be granted? Explain.

2. Does the Board have the authority to adopt criteria for 12-month extensions without modifying its rules? Explain.

3. Comment on the following possible criteria to evaluate requests for a 12-month extension:

a. Signed contracts to sell production

b. Signed contracts to purchase equipment

c. A copy of the interconnection agreement

d. Estimated cost of the facility and actual expenses to date

e. Identification of barriers that are delaying installation and activities that are underway to overcome the barriers

f. Demonstration that a tax credit transfer agreement (if applicable) is in place.

g. Any additional or different criteria you would suggest.

4. Should the Board limit the number of 12-month extensions for a facility? If so, how many extensions? How should the Board address those that have exceeded this number of extensions?

5. Board rule 199 IAC 15.19(6) provides that each applicant on the waiting list shall annually provide the Board a statement of verification attesting that the information contained in the applicant's eligibility application remains true and correct, or stating that the information has changed and providing the new information. Should the rule be modified in such a way that it would only pertain to applicants on the waiting list who have not provided a periodic update during the previous 12 months?

6. The Board's rules in 199 IAC 15.20 and 15.21 require that the tax credit applications are filed in paper format. Should the rules be modified to allow for electronic filing with the Board via e-mail, as an alternative to paper, which would allow the Board to forward information to the Iowa Department of Revenue via its secure filing system?

7. Provide other suggestions for modification of chapter 15.19 rules.