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Iowa Bulk Transmission Siting & Regulation(8-IA)

A bulk transmission developer may need to obtain an Electric Transmission Line Franchise from the Iowa Utilities Board to site and construct transmission lines in Iowa. Iowa – Iowa Code §§ 478 et seq., Electric Transmission Lines.

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.


Permitting at a Glance

Iowa Federal

Transmission Siting: Iowa does not have a state comprehensive siting process for transmission project development.
Transmission Siting Agency: Iowa Utilities Board
Transmission Siting Threshold: 69 kV or greater I.C. § 478.1(3).
Preemptive Authority: Iowa Utilities Board has safety and siting authority over transmission lines.
Public Utility Certificate Threshold: Any person may need an Electric Transmission Line Franchise from the Iowa Utilities Board "to construct, erect, maintain, or operate a transmission line, wire, or cable of 69 kV or more.." Iowa – Iowa Code §§ 478 et seq., Electric Transmission Lines.
Processing Timeframe: There is no statutorily defined timeframe for approval.