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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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21st Annual Water/Wastewater Operator's Training Workshop

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Join us November 17-19 for the 21st Annual Water & Wastewater Operator’s Workshop.

We have planned an impressive line-up of topics and speakers starting with LimnoTech presenting about the algal bloom in Toledo, Ohio.

Wednesday’s sessions include: Leak Locating Technology, I & I Reduction in Dubuque, Retrofitting Treatment Plants, Trenchless Technology-Pipe Bursting and Hydrants 101.

The workshop will close Thursday with representatives from the City of Cedar Rapids talking about lessons learned from their flood recovery efforts.

You can view the full agenda and register online here.

See you there!

Tags:  CEUs  Events  Water 

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Webinar: Free Preparedness Resources for Water Utilities

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Webinar: Free Preparedness Resources for Water Utilities


Click here to Register!

Water and Wastewater Utilities: Learn how to use powerful resources that will support your utility through all types of emergencies during our November 10th Webinar.

For additional information about the webinar, please contact: Karen Edwards, EPA - (202) 564-3797 -

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