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Action Alert – Contact your representative

RECs Pushing to Have Solar Added Back into SF2311 (Read full bill)

The utility bill (SF2311) has now passed out of the House Commerce committee and is eligible to be debated on the floor of the Iowa House at any time. The Rural Electric Cooperatives and Municipal Utility lobbyists have been busy since the bill passed the Senate last week.

Our ISETA lobby team has learned that House Republicans will be caucusing on the bill and are considering adding an amendment to allow REC’s and Muni’s to have discriminatory rates for solar users. In fact, during the committee meeting this morning, one of the legislators said “stay tuned” and that solar was being discussed.

It is important to contact your legislators this weekend with two messages:

  1. Oppose any amendment to allow discriminatory or different electric rates for any solar customers, and
  2. Oppose SF2311 if such an amendment is adopted.

Legislators are being told by the utility lobbyists that this amendment would “only codify current rules and practices.” That is not correct. The utilities want to write the criteria used to determine cost of solar, but prohibit the utilities board from considering the benefit to public of solar.

Second, the amendment authors may try to offer a compromise making these rules apply only to new solar installations, and grandfathering existing solar users.  Even that so-called “compromise” will harm the solar industry in Iowa.

Remember – oppose any amendment that would allow different electric rates for any solar customers; and oppose SF2311 if such an amendment is adopted.



Fri, 3/16/2018, Noon
Legislative Forum – Sen Taylor & Rep Kearns
Palms Supper Club, 4920 Avenue O, Fort Madison

Fri, 3/16/2018, Noon
Legislative Forum – Sen Feenstra
Sheldon Pizza Ranch, 104 N Runger Ave, Sheldon

Fri, 3/16/2018, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Legislative Forum – Rep Todd Pritchard
Chickasaw Farm Bureau, 506 W Milwaukee, New Hampton

Fri, 3/16/2018, Noon
Legislative Forum – Rep Todd Pritchard
NIACC Charles City, 203 Brantingham, Charles City

Sat, 3/17/2018, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Legislative Forum – Sen Chelgren, Rep Phil Miller, Rep David Heaton & Sen Rich Taylor
Best Western Fairfield Inn, 2200 West Burlington Ave, Fairfield

Sat, 3/17/2018, 10 a.m.
Legislative Coffee – Sen Schultz & Rep Steve Holt
Shelby County Chamber Office, 1350 1901 Hawkeye Ave, Harlan

Sat, 3/17/20189-10:30 a.m.
Public Forum – Sen Tom Greene, Rep Dennis Cohoon, Rep Dave Kerr
Public Library, 210 Court Street, Burlington

Sat, 3/17/2018, 10 a.m. – Noon
Legislative Forum – Sen Kinney, Sen Taylor, Rep Klein, Rep Heaton
Washington County Courthouse, 224 W. Main, Washington

Sat, 3/17/2017, 10 a.m. – Noon
Legislative Forum – Sen Rita Hart, Rep Jim Lykam and others
Saint Ambrose University, 518 W. Locust Street, Davenport

Sat, 3/17/2017, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Legislative Forum – Sen Dvorsky, Sen Bolkcom, Sen Kinney
South Slope Community Center, 980 N Front Street, North Liberty

Sat, 3/17/2017, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Legislative Forum – Rep Breckenridge
HyVee, 1501 1st Ave E, Newton

Sat, 3/17/2017, 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Legislative Forum – Linn County Area Legislators
Kirkwood’s County Regional Center, 1770 Boyson Road, Hiawatha

Sat, 3/17/2018, 10:00 a.m.
Legislative Forum – Rep Gary Worthan
King’s Pointe, 1520 E Lakeshore Drive, Storm Lake

Sat, 3/17/2018, 9:00 a.m.
Office Hours – Sen Amy Sinclair
City Hall, 206 Sherman Street, Monroe

Sat, 3/17/20189 – 10  a.m.
Legislative Forum – Sen Craig Johnson & Sen Breitbach
Community Center, 853 Main Street, Arlington

Sat, 3/17/2018, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Legislative Forum – Sen Breitbach
Allamakee Farm Bureau Office, 141 1st Ave NE, Waukon

Mon, 3/19/20188-10:30 a.m.
Monday Coffees – Rep Marti Anderson
Grounds for Celebration, 2645 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines