Utility Proposals Filed in Iowa Solar Energy Case

posted on Thursday, September 1, 2016 in Energy News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            

September 1, 2016         

Katy Heggen, Communications Director, IEC
515-244-1194 x 210, heggen@iaenvironment.org

David Jakubiak, Media Relations Manager, ELPC
312-795-3713, djakubiak@elpc.org

Utility Proposals Filed in Iowa Solar Energy Case

Environmental Groups Renew Call for Strong Net Metering Standards

DES MOINES - On July 19, 2016, the Iowa Utilities Board issued a strong order preserving the existing net metering framework. The order also requires utilities to file pilot net metering tariffs designed to encourage renewable energy development. We are reviewing the utilities’ proposed tariffs filed yesterday to comply with the Board’s order. We look forward to receiving input from solar developers, customers, and other stakeholders, and continuing to work with the utilities to effectively implement the Board’s order to preserve and expand net metering and encourage more renewable energy in Iowa. In addition, we think the intent of the Board was to allow customers to net meter up to 100% of their annual energy usage. We are concerned that the requirement to have the cash out in January limits this. We look forward to working with all stakeholders and the Board to address this issue moving forward.

“We commend MidAmerican for proactively working with stakeholders to address concerns about the definition of 100% of load and allowing third party financed systems to net meter in its initial filing,” said Josh Mandelbaum, staff attorney with the Environmental Law & Policy Center. “We are disappointed that IPL did not address concerns that we shared in developing this filing, but we are hopeful that they will make improvements going forward.”

“Iowa has the potential to be a leader in solar, just as we are for wind, and growing solar energy benefits our economy and environment,” said Nathaniel Baer, energy program director at the Iowa Environmental Council. “Net metering is one of the key policies to encourage more solar, which the Board order recognizes, and we expect the utilities to implement the pilots to achieve this goal.”


The Iowa Environmental Council is an alliance of diverse organizations and individuals working together to protect Iowa's natural environment. Founded in 1995, it is the largest and most comprehensive environmental coalition in the state. Through education, advocacy and coalition building, the Council raises awareness, generates action and create large-scale change that makes Iowa a better place to live, work and explore.