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Iowa Water Service Excise Tax: Are You Subject to the Tax?

Posted By IAMU, Monday, June 18, 2018

You are receiving this message as part of the Iowa Department of Revenue’s ongoing effort to educate businesses and organizations about the state’s new Water Service Excise Tax (WET). The Department has received many questions from taxpayers about who is subject to WET. Detailed information, including a webinar, about WET can be found on our website at

Only “water utilities” are required to collect WET. For purposes of WET, a “water utility” is anyone providing water to the public through a piped distribution system for compensation. Simply owning a well or other water supply does not necessarily mean you are subject to WET. In addition, taxpayers who only sell water through interior plumbing, as opposed to also owning a well or water supply, are not required to collect WET.

For example, a restaurant may have an on-site well that pipes water into the restaurant. If the owner of the well is not charging the owner of the restaurant for the water service, then there is no sale of water service and the well owner does not have to collect WET. If the well owner charges the restaurant for the water service, then the sale is subject to WET and the well owner would collect WET from the restaurant owner.

We realize that changes in how taxes are structured and collected can be confusing. More information about WET can be found at You can also email your question or call us at 515-281-3114 or 800-367-3388.

Tags:  Excise Tax  Water 

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CMMPA/CMPAS Names Chris Kopel as New CEO

Posted By IAMU, Monday, June 18, 2018
The Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (CMMPA) and Central Municipal Power Agency/Services (CMPAS) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher Kopel as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective June 6. Chris has served as Interim CEO since January 2018.

“CMPAS has thrived since Chris joined the Agency five years ago as the Chief Operating Officer and most recently as Interim CEO,” said Board President Tim Stoner. “Our Board looks forward to working with Chris as we strategically advance goals to serve our public power customers.”

Mr. Kopel brings more than 25 years of power industry experience and continued stability through his tenure at the joint power agency. In 2013, he joined the Agency as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and directed transmission, wholesale power supply, strategic planning and human resources for the Agency. In his new role, Chris will continue providing strategic leadership.

“CMPAS has achieved many successes to help twelve members, eight affiliate members, and other associated public power cities prosper in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin,” said Kopel. “We have a great team and remain committed to customizing each utility’s power portfolio. I look forward to working with our partners to keep public power utilities strong.”

Prior to joining the agency, Chris served in leadership and business development roles at NextEra Energy Resources, Iberdrola Renewables, and NRG Power Marketing, as well as various regulatory, operations, and planning roles at Northern States Power Company, now known as Xcel Energy.

CMMPA and its energy management and consulting services agent, CMPAS, serve as municipal, consumer-owned, non-profit joint power agencies. In a consultative role, CMPAS identifies strategies that help public power utilities minimize wholesale power costs, manage future risks and maintain stable competitive rates.
CMPAS offers power supply planning, procurement, energy market, and related management services to help municipal utility boards address their full or partial power portfolio needs.


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Make Plans to Sponsor and Attend the Annual Golfin' Fore Safety Event

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Be a partner for this “fun-raiser” for the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities Safety Program!

Proceeds from the event will go toward purchasing a new line locator for use in training with all utilities.

  •  For more general information about the event, click here.
  •  For more information about sponsorship levels, click here.

Tags:  Golfin' Fore Safety 

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IAMU Wastewater Collection System Workshop - July 17

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Mark your calendars for the IAMU Wastewater Collection System Workshop.  Sponsored by Central Iowa Televising, this new IAMU workshop will take place on Tuesday, July 17 at the IAMU Training and Office Complex.

Training topics will include:

  • Putting Together Written Maintenance & Asset Management Programs
  • Identifying & Eliminating I&I
  • Mainline & Lateral Sewer Rehabilitation Methods

Live demos will include:

  • Jet/Vac – O&M – Nozzle Selection by Mid-Iowa Equipment
  • TV Truck – O&M – Mainline/Lateral Launch by Mid-Iowa Equipment
  • CIPP Point Repair / Connection Liner by Central Iowa Televising
  • Trench / Shoring / Confined Space Safety by Contractor Solutions

0.5 CEUs for Wastewater only.


IAMU Members - $45.00
Non-Members - $65.00
(Includes CEUs, lunch, and breaks)

Registration is open.  For more information about the workshops, brochure, and online registration, click HERE.

Tags:  CEUs  Wastewater  Water 

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IAMU Electric Utility System Operation Short Course - July 31

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, June 13, 2018

IAMU is once again offering the Electric Utility System Operation Short Course (EUSO) presented by Skip Collier of Professional Training Systems, Inc.


Skip is highly regarded and has an extensive background in electric utility design, construction, maintenance and operation.


EUSO Short Course:  July 31 – August 2

The EUSO Short Course is designed for any employee whose job performance will benefit from a basic understanding of the operations side of the business.  This includes those from legal, rates, engineering, purchasing, computer application, marketing, customer service, inventory control, finance, accounting, safety, risk analysis as well as those from generating plants.  One goal for this class is to have students leave with the ability to easily identify all of the electrical equipment they see in a substation as they walk by, along with all the equipment found on the poles in a residential area.  Non-electrical engineers are often at a disadvantage in the electric utility environment due to a lack of familiarity with technical issues.  The better you understand the utility’s product – electrical energy – and how it is created and distributed, the better you can serve the utility and your customers.  This course assumes no electrical background, and builds on the basics to provide a comprehensive understanding of the equipment and operations.


*Line Maintainer apprentices will receive 21 Basic OJT hours for taking the EUSO Course.*


Registration is open.

Registration fees for the course are below.


(*If you are planning on sending more than one participant from your organization, please make sure to share this with multiple departments so that you qualify for the reduced cost with the initial registration.)

  • EUSO Course - $950 for a single registrant OR $850 each for two or more participants from the same utility/organization

For additional information, brochure, and registration, please click HERE.  The registration deadline for the workshop is Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

Tags:  Electric  EUSO  Skip Collier 

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