1. It is the intent of the general assembly to attract the development of electric power generating and transmission facilities within the state in sufficient quantity to ensure reliable electric service to Iowa consumers and provide economic benefits to the state.
2. The general assembly's intent with regard to the development of electric power generating and transmission facilities, as provided in subsection 1, shall be implemented in a manner that is cost-effective and compatible with the environmental policies of the state, as expressed in Title XI.
3. a. If a rate-regulated public utility files an application pursuant to section 476A.3 to construct in Iowa a baseload electric power generating facility with a nameplate generating capacity equal to or greater than three hundred megawatts or a combined-cycle electric power generating facility, or an alternate energy production facility as defined in section 476.42, or if a rate-regulated public utility leases or owns in Iowa, in whole or in part, a new baseload electric power generating facility with a nameplate generating capacity equal to or greater than three hundred megawatts or a combined-cycle electric power generating facility, or a new alternate energy production facility as defined in section 476.42, the board shall specify in advance, by order issued after a contested case proceeding, the ratemaking principles that will apply when the costs of the facility are included in regulated electric rates.
b. In determining the applicable ratemaking principles, the board shall not be limited to traditional ratemaking principles or traditional cost recovery mechanisms.
c. In determining the applicable ratemaking principles, the board shall make the following findings:
(1) The rate-regulated public utility has in effect a board-approved energy efficiency plan as required under section 476.6, subsection 19.
(2) The rate-regulated public utility has demonstrated to the board that the public utility has considered other sources for long-term electric supply and that the facility or lease is reasonable when compared to other feasible alternative sources of supply. The rate-regulated public utility may satisfy the requirements of this subparagraph through a competitive bidding process, under rules adopted by the board, that demonstrate the facility or lease is a reasonable alternative to meet its electric supply needs.
d. The applicable ratemaking principles shall be determined in a contested case proceeding, which proceeding may be combined with the proceeding for issuance of a certificate conducted pursuant to chapter 476A.
e. The order setting forth the applicable ratemaking principles shall be issued prior to the commencement of construction or lease of the facility.
f. Following issuance of the order, the rate-regulated public utility shall have the option of proceeding with construction or lease of the facility in Iowa, or withdrawing its application for a certificate under chapter 476A.
g. Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter to the contrary, the ratemaking principles established by the order issued pursuant to paragraph "e" shall be binding with regard to the specific electric power generating facility in any subsequent rate proceeding.
83 Acts, ch 127, § 36, 50; 2001 Acts, 1st Ex, ch 4, §12, 36
Referred to in § 476A.4, 476A.6, 476A.7
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