Green Groups Challenge Iowa Utility Efficiency Plans
Iowa law requires that gas and electricity utilities submit energy efficiency plans every five years. The law also allows other groups to challenge those plans.
Interstate Power and Light, a division of Alliant Energy,Â has seen its plan – which proposes saving 12 million therms of natural gas over five years – challenged by theÂ Environmental Law and Policy Center, the Iowa Environmental Council and the Iowa Policy Project. The groups argue that, before the utility is granted permission to construct a $750 million power plant in the state, it should reduce electricity demand as much as possible, the AP reports.
Josh Mandelbaum, an attorney for the ELPC, told the AP that contemplating building a large power station is the time to be “most aggressive” with energy efficiency efforts. The groups want IPL to pay more to encourage customers to buy energy efficient appliances and other energy saving products.
IPL’s proposed plan costs $399 million – a price that would be passed onto the consumer. The utility says that the groups’ demands would up its costs more than $1 billion.Â Mandelbaum told the AP that that figure was inflated.
MidAmerican Energy – Iowa’s largest energy provider – has proposed saving 1.1 kWh of electricity and 22 million therms of natural gas over five years. The utility expects its plan to cost $512 million. Testimony from witnesses from environmental groups have suggested that MidAmerican should double its energy efficiency budget, the AP reports. A hearing is scheduled for Aug. 28.
In July, MississippiÂ approved Energy Efficiency and Conservation Rule 29, requiring electric and gas utilities to implement energy efficiency programs and standards under the Commissionâ€™s service jurisdiction.Â rule requires electric and gas utilities serving more than 25,000 customers to file Quick Start Plans with the Commission within six months. Quick Start Plans would include items such as customer education programs, energy audits and evaluations, rebates or other incentives on high-efficiency appliances, retrofitting homes and methods small businesses and industrial facilities can optimize energy efficiency.
- 2015 Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards
- Verdantix Green Quadrant for EHS Software
- Let's Do The Math for DR
- Improve Your Company's Environment and Energy Performance
- Unlocking the Value of Energy & Operational Data
- NAEM 2015 EHS and Sustainability Software Buyers Guide
- The Future of Operational Risk Management: The Oil & Gas and Chemicals Approach
- Increase the Value of Demand Response Through Automation
- How "Fixed" is the Fixed Price Product?
- Smart Companies Utilize Integrated Energy Solutions
- Connected Buildings, Connected People: A Look to the Future
- Cut Costs and Improve Facility Operations with Energy Data
- Energy Procurement Strategies for Winter 2014 and 2015
- Energy Efficiency Requires Engineering Efficiency
- Integrated Building Optimization: A Crucial Convergence of Demand-side and Supply-Side Energy Management Strategies