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IAMU Highly Recommends Phasing Out Kaspersky Lab Products as Soon as Possible

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 20, 2017

In July, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) removed Kaspersky Lab from its list of approved vendors for information technology products and services out of concerns that the Russian company might be used by the Russian government to exploit or attack American computer networks. In September, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a directive, following an investigation into the matter, which called for all Executive Branch agencies to cease using Kaspersky Lab products and services; considering the fact that Russian law allows for Russian intelligence agencies to compel assistance from Russian companies to “intercept communications transiting Russian networks…” On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted to remove all Kaspersky Lab products from U.S. government systems within 90 days, as part of the “FY-18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)”.

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is about to issue an official alert to all electric service providers about Kaspersky Lab products and services. Other regulatory entities for other industries managing critical infrastructure throughout the U.S. will soon follow. It is the official IAMU position that our members begin to develop plans to phase out all Kaspersky Lab products and replace them with American equivalents as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact Russell Saffell, Director of Member Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection at rsaffell@iamu.org or by phone at (515) 289-1999. Thank you for your continued efforts to provide and protect municipal utility services in Iowa.

Tags:  Cyber Security  GSA  Kaspersky Lab  NERC 

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Public Natural Gas Week Will Be Here Soon. Are You Ready?

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Public Natural Gas Week is Oct. 1 to 7. This annual nationwide event is intended to build public awareness about the value of having a community-owned natural gas utility. This week focuses on educating residents on the environmental and cost benefits of using clean, reliable and affordable natural gas in addition to the cost benefits of natural gas appliances.

The American Public Gas Association (APGA) has an entire electronic toolkit of resources available to get the word out about the value of public natural gas. To access the toolkit, click here.

IAMU will be posting Public Natural Gas Week messages daily on our Facebook page (@iamupage) from Oct. 2-6. Feel free to share these messages on your own Facebook pages.

If you need any help with your Public Natural Gas Week efforts, contact Jen Cronin at jcronin@iamu.org or at 515-289-1999.

Tags:  APGA  Public Natural Gas Week 

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Public Power Week is Just Around the Corner. Are You Ready?

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Public Power Week, celebrated the first full week in October every year (Oct. 1-7, 2017), is an opportunity for public power utilities to remind customers and stakeholders about the distinct advantages that public power offers. The American Public Power Association (APPA) has an entire electronic toolkit of resources available to members to get the word out about the value of public power in their communities. To access the toolkit, click here (You will need to be a registered user to access the page).

IAMU will be posting Public Power Week messages daily on our Facebook page (@iamupage) from Oct. 2-6. Feel free to share these messages on your own Facebook pages.

If you need any help with your Public Power Week efforts, contact Jen Cronin at jcronin@iamu.org or at 515-289-1999.

Tags:  APPA  Public Power Week 

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Florida’s Public Power Communities Extend Heartfelt Appreciation to Mutual Aid Response

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 20, 2017

By Amy Zubaly, Executive Director, Florida Municipal Electric Association

Hurricane Irma ripped through Florida last week causing catastrophic damage and widespread power outages. At the peak, nearly 7 million customers were without power, with more than 800,000 of those from Florida’s public power communities. In partnership with the American Public Power Association, the Florida Municipal Electric Association put out a nationwide call for mutual aid assistance, and the response from public power communities across the country was extraordinary.

More than 1,000 crews from public power in Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and across New England came to Florida’s aid.

Seven Iowa municipal utilities responded to the call for assistance, including:

  • Alta
  • Ames
  • Denison
  • Lake Park
  • Muscatine
  • Sioux Center
  • Spencer

These crews are now back in Iowa.

To everyone who has reached out to help in Florida, especially to all the lineworkers who suffered through fuel shortages and severe traffic problem to come to Florida’s aid. Words cannot describe how grateful we are to each and every one of you. Thank you!

Tags:  Florida  FMEA  Irma  Mutual Aid 

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All Electric Utilities and All Natural Gas Utilities Required to File a Customer Contribution Fund Report

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, September 19, 2017

On or before September 30, 2017, a Customer Contribution Fund (CCF) report for the
previous fiscal year (July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017) must be filed with the Utilities Board. The form for the CCF report is posted on the Board’s Web site page at
The completed report must be filed electronically through the Board’s Electronic Filing
System (EFS) at https://efs.iowa.gov/efs/ under Docket Number CCF-2017-0001.

CCF reports that are filed with the Board by the deadline will be included in the Board’s
CCF statewide report to the Iowa legislature. The Board’s report will list the utilities that
did not respond.

If you have any questions about completing the report, please call Ms. Ellen Shaw at
(515) 725-7348, or you may e-mail ellen.shaw@iub.iowa.gov.

If you have questions about EFS, please call the EFS Help Desk at (515) 725-

Tags:  Customer Contribution Fund Report  Electric  Gas  IUB 

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