476.2  Board powers and rules--utility's Iowa office.

1.  The board shall have broad general powers to effect the purposes of this chapter notwithstanding the fact that certain specific powers are hereinafter set forth. The board shall have authority to issue subpoenas and to pay the same fees and mileage as are payable to witnesses in the courts of record of general jurisdiction and shall establish all needful, just and reasonable rules, not inconsistent with law, to govern the exercise of its powers and duties, the practice and procedure before it, and to govern the form, contents and filing of reports, documents and other papers provided for in this chapter or in the board's rules. In the establishment, amendment, alteration or repeal of any of such rules, the board shall be subject to the provisions of chapter 17A.

2.  The board shall employ at rates of compensation consistent with current standards in industry such professionally trained engineers, accountants, attorneys, and skilled examiners and inspectors, secretaries, clerks, and other employees as it may find necessary for the full and efficient discharge of its duties and responsibilities as required by this chapter.

3.  The board may intervene in any proceedings before the federal energy regulatory commission or any other federal or state regulatory body when it finds that any decision of that tribunal would adversely affect the costs of any public utility service within the state of Iowa.

4.  The board shall have authority to inquire into the management of the business of all public utilities, and shall keep itself informed as to the manner and method in which the same is conducted, and may obtain from any public utility all necessary information to enable the board to perform its duties.

5.  Each rate-regulated gas and electric utility operating within the state shall maintain within the state the utility's principal office for Iowa operations. The principal office shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the board and shall house those books, accounts, papers, and records of the utility deemed necessary by the board to be housed within the state. The utility shall maintain within the state administrative, technical, and operating personnel necessary for the delivery of safe and reasonably adequate services and facilities as required pursuant to section 476.8. A public utility which violates this section shall be subject to the penalties provided in section 476.51 and shall be denied authority to recover, for a period determined by the board, the costs of an energy efficiency plan pursuant to section 476.6, subsection 11.

6.  The board shall provide the general assembly with a report on the energy efficiency planning efforts undertaken by utilities required to offer energy efficiency plans pursuant to section 476.6, subsection 17. The report shall be completed by January 1, 1998.

Section History: Early form

  [C66, 71, 73, 75, § 490A.2; C77, 79, 81, § 476.2]

Section History: Recent form

  90 Acts, ch 1168, §51; 90 Acts, ch 1252, §22; 96 Acts, ch 1196, § 7

Internal References

  Referred to in § 476.12, 476.101

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