1. Commencing January 1, 1977, a person shall not commence to construct a facility except as provided in section 476A.9 unless a certificate for the facility has been issued by the board. This chapter shall not apply to persons who prior to July 1, 1976:
a. Have acquired a site for a facility; and,
b. Have publicly announced the intention to construct a facility; and,
c. Have let contracts for major components of a facility.
2. Any significant alteration, as determined by the board, in the location, construction, maintenance, or operation of a facility whether constructed before or after July 1, 1976 shall require an application for an amendment to a certificate or a certificate, whichever is appropriate. "Significant alteration" shall include but shall not be limited to a change in the type of fuel used by the major electric generating facility.
3. Any person required to obtain a certificate or an amendment to a certificate shall construct, operate and maintain the facility according to the terms of the certificate and any amendments to the certificate. A certificate shall only be issued pursuant to this chapter.
4. This chapter shall not apply to an electric power generating plant, or combination of plants at a single site, with a total capacity of more than twenty-five but less than one hundred megawatts of electricity if the owner or operator prior to January 1, 1990, has met all of the following conditions:
a. Acquired a site for the facility.
b. Publicly announced the intention to construct a facility at that site.
c. Let contracts for major components of the facility.
[C77, 79, 81, § 476A.2]
90 Acts, ch 1252, §42
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