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Iowa DPS - Public Safety Initiative Survey

Posted By IAMU, Monday, October 12, 2015

The Iowa Department of Public Safety is collecting information for the State, County, and Local Mobile Data Usages.


Please take a moment to fill out this survey:

Then click on "Take Survey"

What: We are collecting data from the following agencies: Courts/Corrections/Sec, Emergency Mgmt, EMS, Facilities, Fire, Highway/DOT, Hospital/Medical, Military, Natl Sec/Intel, Law Enforcement, Public Admin, Public Health, Public Safety Comm, Public Utilities, Specialized Law, Transportation, Other Government, Other Regulatory, Other.


The data will be used to further our establishment of the need for Public Safety related agencies to have access to Public Safety Grade broadband when it is needed most.

PLEASE SHARE this information with your agency partners including:

Courts/Corrections/Sec, Emergency Mgmt, EMS, Facilities, Fire, Highway/DOT, Hospital/Medical, Military, Natl Sec/Intel, Law Enforcement, Public Admin, Public Health, Public Safety Comm, Public Utilities, Specialized Law, Transportation, Other Government, Other Regulatory, Other.

What is FirstNet:
Signed into law on February 22, 2012, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The law gives FirstNet the mission to build, operate and maintain the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. FirstNet will provide a single interoperable platform for emergency and daily public safety communications.

How: The Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board (ISICSB) will be conducting a series of surveys and meetings related to the deployment of FirstNet within Iowa. Additionally these regional meetings will establish the creation of Regional Interoperability Committees (RICs) within each of the six Iowa Homeland Security Regions.

The workshops will expand on the discussion that occurred at the first round of FirstNet outreach meetings which took place in all 99 counties. Attendees will receive an update on the progress of FirstNet at the federal and state levels, the workshop will also have a series of table top exercises that involve how FirstNet will operate to enhance your Land Mobile Radio (LMR) system to be part of the overall public safety communications solution.

Please click on the link below to access the RIC Workshop Reports:

RIC Workshop Reports

Additional information, including the agenda for the regional workshops, can be found on the Board's website

If you are interested in attending, please register via the website or by contacting Sherry Murphy at

Iowa FirstNet
Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board (ISICSB)

Tags:  Iowa DPS  Public Safety Initiative 

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Public Power Week is Oct 4th - 10th

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, October 6, 2015


by Joe Nipper, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs & Communications, APPA

Public Power Week is coming up, Oct 4–10. Please join 2,000 small and large municipal utilities across the country in telling your customers about the benefits of public power.

You'll find many tools and templates from the American Public Power Association at Simply use your APPA member login to download any or all of these resources, adapt as you see fit, and use them to tell your story. In addition to sample fact sheets, press releases, op-eds, and letters to public officials, we have a host of brand-new digital resources for you this year. Do check out the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram images, info-graphics, comic strips; and videos that we developed specially for you.

We even have special giveaways — bookmarks and temporary tattoos — that you can order from the APPA website and use all year long.

Check out our brand-new animated video on the benefits of public power. Feel free to download and use the video on your website, social media, etc. It's great for Public Power Week but you can also use this video year round. We have 15, 30, and 90-second versions for you. Hope Public Power Week is going well.

You may already be planning special community events and promotions for your utility, and we'd love to hear how it all goes — email your pictures and reports to us at Or post them on social media and use #PublicPowerWeek and tag us @PublicPowerOrg on Twitter and Instagram.

If you haven't made plans, it's not too late. Here are five simple things you can do now:

  1. Download and use pictures of the superhero mascot, Captain Public Power, on your website and social media, and other materials.
  2. Take a mounted picture of Captain Public Power around town for "selfies" at community landmarks, with your customers, staff, and city officials. Post your photos to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with #PublicPowerWeek and @PublicPowerOrg.
  3. Send a press release (see our sample) to your local newspaper, TV, and radio stations and offer up your executives for interviews or to answer people's questions about their electricity.
  4. Educate your customers with infographics on community solar and home batteries.
  5. Engage your audiences by sharing fun and informational comic strips (one for every business day of Public Power Week) on energy efficiency, safety, new technologies, community solar, and careers in public power.

Good luck and happy Public Power Week. If you have questions or want more information, please email us at and a member of my communications team will get back to you right away.

Tags:  APPA  Public Power Week 

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DEED Grant Awards

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, October 6, 2015

At its fall meeting, the board of directors of the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Demonstration of Energy and Efficiency Developments program, or DEED, awarded two grants for IAMU projects.  The first grant is to develop a handbook on innovative business models and services for small public power utilities.  For many small public power utilities, evaluating the diverse array of potential innovations can be overwhelming. This project will provide a handbook, designed for managers and governing bodies of small municipal utilities, that details practical ways a utility can modify its business model and offer additional services to customers.

The second grant is to develop a succession planning toolkit for public power utilities.  The toolkit will be for governing bodies addressing top level leadership succession and  for public power management, often with limited human resources experience or support, addressing succession planning for positions of critical skills. It will include (1) an educational guide on the importance of, issues surrounding, and steps to be taken to address leadership or critical skills succession planning, (2) a succession preparedness checklist to help governing bodies and management evaluate risks that may create a succession need, and to assess both utility's preparedness and capability to address those needs quickly, and (3) a quick start guide to addressing the most serious preparedness issues.

Both projects will provide important resources for municipal utilities in Iowa and across the country as they adapt to a period of great change in the electric utility industry.  IAMU will present the results of the projects through webinars and conference presentations.

APPA’s DEED program is a research and demonstration program funded by and for public power utilities.  In addition DEED provides funding for student internships and scholarships.  DEED members can apply for funding, receive updates about current research projects, and have access to a database of all the projects funded through DEED.  Municipal utilities that are members of APPA are encouraged to become DEED members as well.  More information about the program can be found online.

Tags:  APPA  DEED 

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On-Bill Financing: An Energy Efficiency Solution for Iowa's Communities Webinar October 8th

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, October 6, 2015

IAMU and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) are proud to invite you to a webinar regarding on-bill financing and, specifically, its applications for member-owned utilities in Iowa. This presentation will look at two on-bill financing programs. The first presentation is a successful weatherization loan program run by Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) in Eugene, Oregon. Iowa’s own Bloomfield Municipal Utility will provide an overview of their on-bill program and their energy independence goals.

 “On-bill financing” programs, in which utilities issue loans for energy improvements that are repaid as part of the participating customer’s monthly utility bill, are an exciting opportunity to expand energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts around the country. The most common application is to finance residential energy efficiency upgrades, which can be designed to produce savings that offset or even surpass the monthly loan payment. On-bill can also be used to finance non-residential energy efficiency, renewable energy (e.g. solar and wind), and water improvements. The loan repayment is covered in whole or in part with the savings accrued thanks to the energy retrofits. No up-front payments by the customer are necessary.

Successful pilot models and programs have shown that rural electric cooperatives (co-ops) and public power utilities can use OBF programs to expand access and uptake of energy efficiency programs and significantly reduce peak demand and fossil fuel use, while improving customer satisfaction and comfort. Because of OBF’s ability to use customer’s bill payment history, instead of credit checks, to determined loan eligibility, it increases access for low-income households without raising default rates.

EESI has recently expanded its on-bill financing initiative into a national effort to significantly improve the energy efficiency of homes served by co-ops and public utilities. EESI is available to help rural utilities apply to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture loan program to capitalize their projects. Learn more about EESI's on-bill financing project.


  •  Mark Freeman: Consumer Service Manager, Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB)
  • Chris Ball: Director of Energy Efficiency, City of Bloomfield

To register for the webinar, please go to:

Tags:  Energy Efficiency 

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Municipal Utility Law 101 Workshop - Space Still Available!

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Don’t get left out. Registration space for the IAMU Municipal Utility Law 101 workshop presented by Ahlers & Cooney, PC is filling up quickly. This one day workshop will be held October 14, 2015 at the IAMU office, and will provide an overview of a wide range of important municipal utility related legal topics. It is designed for municipal utility personnel including general managers, superintendents, finance officers and utility clerks. Opportunities will be provided to ask questions in advance of the workshop and throughout the presentations.

Representative topics will include:

  • Open Meetings & Records
  • Board & Council Duties & Authority
  • Iowa’s Gift Law
  • Utility Fees & Charges
  • Utility Service Territories
  • Billing & Collections
  • Disconnection
  • City Payments (franchise fees, PILOTs, surplus transfers)
  • Iowa Utilities Board Jurisdiction
  • Competitive Bid Requirements & Contracts
  • Financing Utility Projects
  • Public Purpose Requirements
  • Ordinances & Resolutions

Register and pay online. Class size will be limited and filling up quickly so register now to reserve your seat.

Tags:  Municipal Utility Law 

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