• [ March 9, 2015 ]
  • PRESS RELEASE: Iowa Utilities Board unveils guide to assist consumers with installation of on-site electric generation

On January 20, 2015, the Iowa Utilities Board published a distributed generation informational guide that provides residential and small business consumers with information to help them decide whether distributed generation is right for them. The guide contains five sections: 1) Before You Begin; 2) Distributed Generation Checklist; 3) Choosing a Dealer and Equipment; 4) Finance Options; and 5) Informational Links.



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(Des Moines) – As part of its continuing inquiry to gather information related to policy and technical issues associated with distributed generation in Iowa, including net metering, interconnection, consumer protection and safety, the Iowa Utilities Board today issued an order and Informational Guide for On-Site Generation. The guide was compiled from input provided by stakeholders and participants in the Board’s October 2014 workshop and comments received in Docket No. NOI-2014-0001.

“The consumer informational guide is a practical resource to assist Iowans in making wise decisions and tackling all the most important considerations and requirements before installing their own electric generation,” said Board Chair Libby Jacobs.

This consumer guide is intended to aid residential and small business customers who are considering installing electric generation such as wind, solar, biomass, or other technologies on their property. The document is for informational purposes only and use of the guide is voluntary. Following are the topics covered:

  • Before You Begin
  • Distributed Generation Checklist
  • Choosing a Dealer or Equipment
  • Finance Options
  • Informational Links

The guide prompts consumers to consider their energy-related goals, legal requirements, and insurance issues before installing on-site generation. The easy-to-follow guide also provides consumers with a list of information to gather and questions to ask during the process. Consumers can also use informational links contained in the guide to find specifics related to the Board’s rules for electric cogeneration and small power production and interconnection or a utility’s policies related to on-site generation.


The Iowa Utilities Board regulates utilities to ensure that reasonably priced, reliable, environmentally responsible, and safe utility services are available to all Iowans.

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