The consumer is divided into five sections:
- 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 guide provides consumers with a list of information to gather and questions to ask during the process.
The guide was developed as part of the IUB’s notice of inquiry on distributed generation (Docket NOI-2014-0001), through input from stakeholders. IAMU participated in an October 2014 workshop on the guide and also provided written comments.
Background on Distributed Generation NOI
The IUB initiated the NOI on distributed generation in January 2014 to gather information related to policy and technical issues associated with distributed generation in Iowa, including net metering, interconnection, consumer protection and safety. IAMU has provided written responses on a wide range of topics. In a September 19th order, the IUB stated it would not seek jurisdiction to extend net metering policies or interconnection standards found 199 Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 45 to municipal utilities. However it encouraged municipal utilities to adopt net metering policies and the interconnection standards.
IAMU encourages all municipal electric utilities to have policies in place for the interconnection and metering of customer-owned generation. IAMU has resources to assist utilities in evaluating and adopting policies. For more information, please contact Joel Logan: firstname.lastname@example.org, (515) 289-1999.