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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.

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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

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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