476.47 ALTERNATE ENERGY PURCHASE PROGRAMS. 1. Beginning January 1, 2004, an electric utility, whether or not rate-regulated under this chapter, shall offer an alternate energy purchase program to customers, based on energy produced by alternate energy production facilities in Iowa. 2. The board shall require electric utilities to file plans for alternate energy purchase programs offered pursuant to this section. a. Rate-regulated electric utilities shall file plans for alternate energy purchase programs that allow customers to contribute voluntarily to the development of alternate energy in Iowa, and shall file tariffs as required by the board by rule. b. Electric utilities that are not rate-regulated shall offer alternate energy purchase programs at rates determined by their governing authority, and shall file tariffs with the board for informational purposes only. 3. The electric utility shall notify consumers of its alternate energy purchase program and any proposed modifications to such program at least sixty days prior to implementation of the program or any modification. 4. For purposes of this section, an electric utility may base its program on energy produced by alternate energy production facilities located outside of Iowa under any of the following circumstances: a. The energy is purchased by the electric utility pursuant to a contract in effect prior to July 1, 2001, and continues until the expiration of the contract, including any options to renew that are exercised by the electric utility. b. The electric utility has a financial interest, as of July 1, 2001, in the alternate energy production facility that is located outside of Iowa, or in an entity that has a financial interest in an alternate energy production facility located outside of Iowa. c. The energy is purchased by an electric utility that is not rate-regulated and that is required to purchase all of its electric power requirements from a single supplier that is physically located outside of Iowa. 5. This section shall not apply to non-rate-regulated electric utilities physically located outside of Iowa that serve Iowa customers. 6. Any consumer-owned utility may apply to the board for a waiver under this section, and the board, for good cause, may grant the waiver.
Section History: Recent Form
2001 Acts, 1st Ex, ch 4, §11, 36 Referred to in § 476.1A, 476.1B