Iowa Energy regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Iowa Energy: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Renewable energy:

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Alternative energy sources: Code of Iowa (IA Code) 476.41 to 476.48

Regulatory Agency

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.

State Requirements


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:

  • Solar;
  • Wind turbine;
  • Waste management, including a facility using plasma gasification to produce synthetic gas;
  • Resource recovery;
  • Refuse-derived fuel;
  • Agricultural crops or residues; or
  • Wood-burning.

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