New law: energy efficiency charge to appear on January bills in Iowa :
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New law: energy efficiency charge to appear on January bills in Iowa :

Monthly energy efficiency program charges to decrease later in 2019


A change in state law means MidAmerican Energy Company’s Iowa customers will soon see a monthly “energy efficiency charge” on their utility bills – though customers are not actually paying a new fee.

Beginning in January, Iowa’s regulated utilities, including MidAmerican Energy, will show energy efficiency fees on a separate line on monthly customer bills. Utilities are required to use the fees to fund energy efficiency programs. MidAmerican Energy does not profit from the fees, and the money collected is passed through to other customers to support their energy-saving projects.

Law to lift ban on fee disclosure in January

The legislation, signed into law in May, requires utilities to itemize the energy efficiency charge beginning January 1. That’s a significant change from the previous law that has barred utilities from listing the charge on monthly bills and required them to include the fee in the energy rate charge.

“Most of our Iowa customers, along with other regulated utility customers in the state, probably don’t know they are paying the monthly energy efficiency fee, which funds energy efficiency programs,” Kathryn Kunert, MidAmerican Energy’s vice president of economic connections and integration, said. “That changes in January, when the law will require utilities to list the fee. We welcome that transparency, and we think our customers will, too.”

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