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Iowa Hydropower Facility Licensing, Certification, Safety, & Regulation(7-IA)

Currently, the RAPID Toolkit does not have state specific content regarding facility licensing, certification, and dam safety for hydropower development in Iowa.

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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

Small Hydropower Program: Iowa does not currently have a small hydropower program.
Renewable Portfolio Standard Process (RPS): Iowa implements the state Renewable Portfolio Standard under Iowa's Alternative Energy Law, which requires two investor-owned utilities (MidAmerican Energy and Alliant Energy), to contract for a combined total of 105 MW of renewable generating capacity and associated energy production. Iowa Code § 476.41.
RPS Eligible: Small hydropower facilities are defined as:


i) A hydroelectric facility at a dam;

ii) Land, systems, buildings, or improvements that are located at the project site and are necessary or convenient to the construction, completion, or operation of the facility;

iii) Transmission or distribution facilities necessary to conduct the energy produced by the facility to users located at or near the project site.

Iowa Code § 476.42.
RPS Regulatory Agency: There is no applicable tracking system.

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