Gas members, you may have noticed that OQ notifications are coming from a new email address – IAMU OQ [email@example.com]. These are legitimate emails from IAMU, not spam. The email switch is a workaround for an upcoming network change that will affect the OQ system. If you haven't seen your expected OQ notification email in the last couple weeks, please whitelist - firstname.lastname@example.org and check your spam folders and filters.
IAMU provides a variety of email communications. In addition to the weekly Informer, during the state legislative session, which typically runs from January through April, we also send out:
We use the same email list for all three of these email communications. If you prefer not to receive legislative emails but still want to receive the Informer or vise versa, be sure to click on the link “update your preferences” and not “unsubscribe from this list” at the bottom of the email. Choose “IAMU Informer” to only receive IAMU’s weekly update of member news and upcoming events. Choose “Capitol Links” to receive the two legislative email blasts above. By clicking on “unsubscribe from this list,” you will be unsubscribed from all three emails – Informer, Capitol Links, and Urgent Action Alerts.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jen Cronin at email@example.com.
You can download this Facebook banner and more materials at www.apga.org/NGUWDay.
March 18 is now national Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Day. The decision to hold this day on March 18 was made by a poll of the American Public Gas Association (APGA) Community. March 18 is the date of the New London, Texas, school explosion in 1937 that led to the widespread odorization of natural gas and an increased emphasis on safety. Safety is a vital aspect to natural gas distribution, and the employees of distribution companies endeavor to make natural gas delivery as safe as possible.
Please honor the natural gas utility workers in your community and at your system by celebrating on March 18 or surrounding weekday. We encourage you to plan events, communication, social media posts, etc., to celebrate this important day. We also ask you to share how your system celebrates the day by either making a post to the APGA Community or by emailing Audrey Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join your industry peers in celebrating this important recognition day to honor the hard work of natural gas utilities. Materials, including a press release, op-ed, social media banner, and logo are available on the APGA website at www.apga.org/NGUWDay.
For questions on this event, please contact Audrey Anderson at email@example.com.
Both the ME-1 and the MG-1 (the annual electric and gas reports to the Iowa Utilities Board) are due April 1. However, the IUB does not have this year’s forms on its website yet so that utilities can fill them out. Here is the IUB’s written response on the matter:
“The online annual report forms are all being revised to make them easier for the companies to complete. Those forms are currently being tested and should be available on the IUB website by mid-February at: https://iub.iowa.gov/utility-annual-report.”
Although it is mid-February, forms are not posted yet. We suggest that you check back to the IUB site periodically for the forms’ availability. If IAMU learns of anything more regarding the status of the forms, we will pass along the information to members through the Informer.
As a friendly reminder, posted on the Iowa Public Agency Investment Trust (IPAIT) website is the daily fund rate, which is now above 1.15%. It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen the IPAIT rate this high (actually not since January 2009). Please visit the IPAIT website to review: www.ipait.org.
There is no minimum balance required, and each participant may open as many IPAIT accounts as necessary to complement your local bank account structures. Interest accrues daily and is paid monthly. Funds are transferred online via ACH between your local bank and your IPAIT Fund(s).
In addition to the daily fund, you have access to the IPAIT Fixed Term program. The Fixed Term program works with more than 300 Iowa banks to enable you to get the highest rate from IPAIT or your local banks.
If it’s been some time since you’ve invested in IPAIT, or maybe you haven’t taken advantage of investing in the fund and have questions, please feel free to contact Dan Zomermaand at firstname.lastname@example.org and 712.251.0383, or Paul Kruse at email@example.com and 515.554.1555.
Chilblains, also known as pernio, are the painful inflammation of small blood vessels in your skin that occur in response to repeated exposure to cold, but not freezing, air. Chilblains don’t usually result in permanent injury but can lead to infections, which may cause severe damage if left untreated.
According to the Mayo Clinic, no one knows exactly what causes chilblains. They may be an abnormal reaction of your body to cold exposure followed by rewarming. Rewarming of cold skin can cause small blood vessels under the skin to expand more quickly than nearby larger blood vessels can handle. This results in a bottleneck effect and the blood leaking into nearby tissues.
Symptoms of chilblains include:
If your skin is exposed to cold, it’s helpful to rewarm it gradually because sudden rewarming of cold skin may worsen chilblains.
To prevent chilblains:
Batteries contain acid and can explode and/ or catch on fire. When a battery explodes, acid and explosive gases are released. When acid contacts the skin, extremely painful burns result. Blindness will likely result if this acid contacts the eyes.
Charging batteries may be hazardous, especially when connecting the battery charger to the battery.
Connecting the wrong polarity (red/+ to black/-) may cause a short-circuit which could result in explosion of the battery.
Connect red/+ to red/+ and black/- to black/- and always follow manufacturer’s operating instructions for charging.
Black ice — that thin coating of transparent ice on roadways, sidewalks, and parking lots — is treacherous. It’s hard to see, can build up quickly, and is extremely dangerous to both pedestrians and drivers. Learn more about black ice, including the five facts that you need to know, by clicking here to link to the EMC Insights article, “The Hidden Dangers of Black Ice.”
IAMU Associate Member VHF Sales, Inc. represents 10 of the world's best commercial-grade HVAC and heat recovery, co-generation equipment manufacturers. Two featured manufacturer lines represented are by AERCO International and MacroAir. AERCO condensing boilers and water heaters provide turndown ratios of up to 30:1 while providing 98% efficiency on natural gas. This is accomplished by their patented technology. AERCO also provides heat recovery co-generation systems for stack exhaust. MacroAir’s HVLS DC Fans are ready for solar or AC power and can be ordered in diameters up to 24 feet. Please check out VHF Sale’s website at www.vhfsales.com or contact Bruce Greiner at 515-986-3671 to learn about VHF Sales, Inc.’s high quality lines of commercial grade energy efficient equipment.
If you are an IAMU Safety Group Insurance Program participant and would like to let your local media know about your annual distribution check and what that means for your utility or municipality, IAMU has created a media release template that you can use. You can download the template, fill in your specific information in the yellow highlighted areas, and send it to local media. Some participants are opting to also supply media with an accompanying photo of the check presentation from their local insurance agent and/or presentation to their governing board or council.
If you would like to use the template, sign into the iamu.org website. Go to Resources and then to Communication Tools & Resources where you will find “Insurance Check Media Release Template.”