Governing Law and Regulations
Alternative energy sources: Code of Iowa (IA Code) 476.41 to 476.48
Iowa Utilities Board
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. To date, the federal government's involvement in renewable energy programs has been limited to voluntary programs and providing financial incentives for renewable energy generation. However, Iowa state legislation requires the development of alternative energy sources.
• Administration and enforcement. The Iowa Utilities Board oversees the development of the state's alternative energy sources.
Alternative Energy Production
IA Code 476.41 to 476.48
Iowa requires electric utility companies to obtain 105 megawatts from alternative energy production facilities and small hydro facilities, and requires electric utilities to offer an alternative energy purchase program to customers.
An alternative energy facility includes the following facilities:
- Wind turbine;
- Waste management, including a facility using plasma gasification to produce synthetic gas;
- Resource recovery;
- Refuse-derived fuel;
- Agricultural crops or residues; or