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Attention Electric Members: Clarification on ME-1 Due Dates

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

As a reminder, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) issued an order on March 15, 2019, extending the filing deadline for a utility’s annual report from April 1 to June 1. This extension applies to Part A forms. Part B forms are not currently available or due. Please do not use the 2017 Part B forms.

When new Part B forms become available, notification will be posted to the IUB's website on the “How to File a Utility Annual Report” page and your utility company’s regulatory contact will receive notification. For questions, please call Don Tormey at 515.725.7347 or email don.tormey@iub.iowa.gov.   

To summarize the IUB’s statement, file Part A by June 1 and do not file Part B until you are notified the new forms are available.  If you have any questions on the ME-1, please feel free to contact Krista Wenzel, KDW Advisors, LLC, IAMU Regulatory Partner, at 712.579.6000.

Tags:  Electric  IUB  ME-1 

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Mid-America Regulatory Conference to be Held in Des Moines; Make Plans to Attend

Posted By IAMU, Monday, May 6, 2019

The Mid-America Regulatory Conference (MARC) is being held in Des Moines this year. MARC is an association composed of both regional utility organizations and regulatory agencies from 14 states, including Arkansas, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.

This year, as the host, the Iowa Utilities Board and representatives from Iowa’s utility organizations, including IAMU, have been planning the conference. The conference embraces electric, water, gas, and telecom issues. The event is a great opportunity for professional development and networking.

Please check out the agenda and consider attending. There is both an early bird rate and a governmental rate. http://www.marc-conference.org/

MARC 2019 Annual Meeting
Des Moines, Iowa August 11-14, 2019
Hilton Des Moines Downtown
Registration is open!  https://reg.eventray.com/r/naruc/MARC2019
Agenda:  http://www.marc-conference.org/MARC%202019%20Agenda.html

Tags:  IUB  MARC 

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Winter Moratorium Extended to May 13 for Disaster Areas

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) has extended the Winter Moratorium for Natural Gas and Electric Customers from April 1, 2019, to May 13, 2019.

The IUB order (DOCKET NO. SPU-2019-0005) comes in response to Governor Kim Reynolds’ proclamation of public health disaster emergency due to continued widespread flooding and flash flooding impacting large portions of Iowa.

Iowa Code § 476.20(2) establishes a moratorium from disconnection of natural gas and electric customers who are eligible for low-income home energy assistance or weatherization assistance programs between November 1 and April 1. The IUB adopted rules at 199 IAC 19.4(17) for natural gas service and at 20.4(17) for electric service that provide: “No disconnection may take place from November 1 through April 1 for a resident who is a head of household and who has been certified to the public utility by the local community action agency as being eligible for either the low-income home energy assistance program or weatherization assistance program.”

The extension to May 13, 2019, will apply to only those previously certified low-income individuals in counties that have been declared disaster areas who could be subject to possible disconnection on April 1, 2019.

The IUB order links the moratorium extension to STATE (Governor) disaster declarations and not to FEDERAL (Presidential) declarations. To read the order, go to:

https://efs.iowa.gov/cs/groups/external/documents/docket/mdax/odqz/~edisp/1843024.pdf

IAMU and the IUB understand that not all member utilities in the counties included in the state declaration have been impacted by the effects of the flooding, but all member utilities in those counties included in the state declaration must adhere to the order. The order accounts for potential future flooding that could occur over the next six weeks during the continued seasonal thawing and rain.

If you have any questions or concerns about this moratorium extension, please contact IAMU General Counsel Tim Whipple at twhipple@iamu.org or 515.289.1999.

Tags:  IUB  Winter Moratorium 

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IUB Utility Annual Report Deadline Extended

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, March 19, 2019

This year’s annual report forms are now available on the IUB website. Because of the delay in this year’s forms being available, the IUB has extended the deadline to submit the reports. Reports, which are usually due April 1, will be due by June 1 this year. For more information and to access the report forms, go to: https://iub.iowa.gov/records-information/file-utility-annual-report.

Tags:  IUB  ME-1  MG-1 

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Electric and Gas Members: Status ME-1 and MG-1 Forms

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Both the ME-1 and the MG-1 (the annual electric and gas reports to the Iowa Utilities Board) are due April 1. However, the IUB does not have this year’s forms on its website yet so utilities can fill them out. 

We suggest that you check back to the IUB site periodically for the forms’ availability. If IAMU learns of anything more regarding the status of the forms, we will pass along the information to members through the Informer.

Tags:  Electric  Gas  IUB  ME-1  MG-1  Regulatory Calendars 

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