Iowa Hydropower Transmission & Interconnection(8-IA)
In Iowa, a hydropower developer should consult local zoning regulations during the transmission siting process. A developer may need an Electric Transmission Line Franchise from the Iowa Utilities Board for certain interconnection and transmission projects.
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
|Certificate of Public Good/Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (Certificate):||A developer must obtain an Electric Transmission Line Franchise ("Franchise") from the Iowa Utilities Board in order to construct transmission lines capable of carrying a voltage of 69kV or greater across public or private lands in the state. Iowa – Iowa Code §§ 478 et seq., Electric Transmission Lines.|
|Certificate Regulatory Agency:||Iowa Utilities Board|
|Certificate Threshold:||A "person [must] not construct, erect, maintain, or operate a transmission line, wire or cable" without first obtaining a Franchise from the Iowa Utilities Board.|
|Regulated Entity Definition:||A transmission facility under the Iowa Utilities Board's jurisdiction is defined as "a transmission line, wire, or cable that will operate at an electric voltage of less than sixty-nine kV." Iowa – Iowa Code §§ 478 et seq., Electric Transmission Lines.|
|Transmission Interconnection Request Process (Interconnection Request):||Iowa does not currently have a state specific interconnection request process.|
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