Take action to support solar for Iowans

Encourage the Iowa Utilities Board to reverse a new net metering ruling which limits financial viability of solar in Iowa

Step 1:
Sign the IUB petition

What’s Happening?

The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) recently accepted a proposed rule change from Alliant Energy, one of Iowa’s two major electric utility providers. This new ruling will drastically change how net metering works in Alliant’s service territory and will reduce the financial viability of new solar installations for both residential and smaller commercial customers. The new rules take effect on April 1st of this year and will impact Alliant’s 488,000 electrical customers across Iowa.

All signatures on this petition will be uploaded to the Iowa Utility Board’s electronic filing system, Docket No. TF-2016-0321. If you wish to file your own comment on this issue with the IUB, use the electronic filing system, Docket No. TF-2016-0321.

Ask the Iowa Utilities Board to support net metering for solar energy

I am outraged by the Board’s acceptance of the proposed rule change to net metering from Alliant Energy, which damages the distributed generation solar industry in Iowa. I urge you to reverse course on this ruling immediately.

This ruling is a direct contradiction of the Board’s request for Iowa’s utilities to develop net metering pilot projects “for the purpose of expanding renewable distributed generation (DG) in Iowa.” I understood the Board’s aim was to clarify Iowa’s net metering rules and encourage development of more solar and wind projects. The accepted proposal from Alliant Energy does just the opposite. It makes the choice to go solar harder for homeowners and businesses.

Following Alliant’s new rules, industry calculations show that the change will reduce net metering available by 62% for Residential customers and by 68% for General Service customers looking to produce their power from solar energy. It is my opinion that this decision robs Iowans of their rights to energy independence and the ability to choose clean energy, hurts Iowa’s economy, and takes money out of the pockets of Iowa’s families and businesses.

According to a report released in January 2017 by the US Department of Energy more people were employed in solar power last year than in generating electricity through coal, gas and oil energy combined, representing 43% of the electrical power generation workforce. Iowa is missing a valuable opportunity to add jobs in the strongest energy sector in the United States. Additionally, the Board’s ruling directly goes against the mission of Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds’ Iowa Energy Plan to “Support distributed renewable energy generation including wind, solar, and other clean energy resources in Iowa.”

This ruling is not in the best interest of Iowa’s families and businesses. I urge you to support Iowa’s rich history as a leader in the clean energy economy and continue to create opportunities to grow the economy with distributed solar energy generation.

I am outraged by the Board’s acceptance of the proposed rule change to net metering from Alliant Energy, which damages the distributed generation solar industry in Iowa. I urge you to reverse course on this ruling immediately.

This ruling is a direct contradiction of the Board’s request for Iowa’s utilities to develop net metering pilot projects “for the purpose of expanding renewable distributed generation (DG) in Iowa.” I understood the Board’s aim was to clarify Iowa’s net metering rules and encourage development of more solar and wind projects. The accepted proposal from Alliant Energy does just the opposite. It makes the choice to go solar harder for homeowners and businesses.

Following Alliant’s new rules, industry calculations show that the change will reduce net metering available by 62% for Residential customers and by 68% for General Service customers looking to produce their power from solar energy. It is my opinion that this decision robs Iowans of their rights to energy independence and the ability to choose clean energy, hurts Iowa’s economy, and takes money out of the pockets of Iowa’s families and businesses.

According to a report released in January 2017 by the US Department of Energy more people were employed in solar power last year than in generating electricity through coal, gas and oil energy combined, representing 43% of the electrical power generation workforce. Iowa is missing a valuable opportunity to add jobs in the strongest energy sector in the United States.
Additionally, the Board’s ruling directly goes against the mission of Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds’ Iowa Energy Plan to “Support distributed renewable energy generation including wind, solar, and other clean energy resources in Iowa.”

This ruling is not in the best interest of Iowa’s families and businesses. I urge you to support Iowa’s rich history as a leader in the clean energy economy and continue to create opportunities to grow the economy with distributed solar energy generation.

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Step 2:
Contact the Governor’s Office

We urge Iowans concerned about their rights and our economy to contact the Iowa Governor’s office and ask them to honor the mission of Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds’ Iowa Energy Plan to “Support distributed renewable energy generation including wind, solar, and other clean energy resources in Iowa.”

You may register an opinion with the Governor in one of three ways: using an online form, by phone, or by snail mail.

We’ve streamlined the process with templates you can copy & paste on the Governor’s online opinion form, use as talking points for a phone call, or download, print, and mail via USPS to the State Capitol.

Online

To file an opinion simply online, copy, paste and edit (if you wish) the text in the letter below into the online form.

COPY & PASTE: Letter to the Office of the Governor of Iowa

Dear Governor Branstad & Lt. Governor Reynolds,

I am deeply concerned that Alliant Energy is undermining Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds’ Iowa Energy Plan’s mission to “Support distributed renewable energy generation including wind, solar, and other clean energy resources in Iowa.”

The Iowa Utilities Board’s (IUB) recent acceptance of Alliant Energy’s proposed rule change to net metering damages the distributed generation solar industry in Iowa. It is my opinion that this decision robs Iowans of their rights to energy independence and the ability to choose clean energy, hurts Iowa’s economy, and takes money out of the pockets of Iowa’s families, farmers, and businesses.

Following Alliant’s new rules, industry calculations show that the change could reduce net metering availability by 62% for Residential customers and by 68% for General Service customers looking to produce their power from solar energy. This would be devastating to Iowa’s solar industry.

This ruling is a direct contradiction of our state’s legacy of support for distributed generation renewable energy, which began in 1983 with Senate File 380 “Alternative Energy Producing Facilities and Research.” The Iowa Energy Plan is a continuation of this legacy. It encourage the development of more distributed generation solar and wind.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s January 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report more people were employed in solar power last year than in generating electricity through coal, gas, and oil energy combined. Solar generation accounts for 43% of the electrical power generation workforce. The solar generation industry created almost 74,000 jobs since the previous report. Iowa would be missing a valuable opportunity to add jobs in the strongest energy sector in the United States.

Alliant Energy’s net metering rule change is not in the best interest of Iowa’s families, farmers, and businesses. I urge you to support Iowa’s rich history as a leader in the clean energy economy and continue to create opportunities to grow the economy with distributed solar energy generation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

Phone

Use the talking points below to register your opinion via phone call.

515-281-5211

Talking Points
  • The Iowa Utilities Board’s ruling directly goes against the mission of Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds’ Iowa Energy Plan to “Support distributed renewable energy generation including wind, solar, and other clean energy resources in Iowa.”
  • Industry calculations are showing that the change will reduce net metering available by 62% for residential customers and by 68% for small customers looking to produce their power from solar energy.
  • I believe that this decision robs Iowans of their rights to energy independence and the ability to choose clean energy, hurts Iowa’s economy, and takes money out of the pockets of Iowa’s families and businesses.
  • With this ruling, Iowa is limiting a valuable opportunity to add jobs in the strongest energy sector in the United States. According to a report released in January 2017 by the US Department of Energy more people were employed in solar power last year than in generating electricity through coal, gas and oil energy combined, representing 43% of the electrical power generation workforce.
  • The IUB’S ruling is a direct contradiction of the Board’s request for Iowa’s utilities to develop net metering pilot projects “for the purpose of expanding renewable distributed generation (DG) in Iowa.” The accepted proposal from Alliant Energy does just the opposite. It makes the choice to go solar harder for homeowners and businesses.
  • Please support Iowa’s rich history as a leader in the clean energy economy and continue to create opportunities to grow the economy with distributed solar energy generation.

Mail

Download the letter below and mail directly to the Gov.’s office.

1007 E. Grand Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

Learn more about the issue

The Ruling’s Impact

Alliant Energy’s new net metering rules add a cap on how much solar generation is eligible for net metering. Under current rules, net metering is naturally capped by a customer’s total annual energy usage – how many kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity are used in a year. Under the new, more complex rules, net metering will be capped based on an arbitrary percentage of a customer’s annual energy usage the year prior to the solar installation.

We’ve calculated that the new ruling will reduce available net metering by 62% for residential customers and by 68% for small business customers. Solar installations larger than the cap won’t make financial sense. This is an extraordinarily complex and opaque system – among the most complicated in the nation.

We believe this ruling could end residential solar in Iowa, dramatically curtail small business solar, and severely damage the solar industry.

Net Metering Examples

Under the current rules a typical Iowa household using about 12,000 kWh of electricity per year could purchase a 10 kW solar installation that would save the family $1560 in the first year and pay for itself completely within 10-11 years.

Under the new rules, only 3.43 kW of the same 10 kW installation would be eligible for net-metering, and would save the same family only $979 per year and take 18-19 years to pay for itself.

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