Notice of Intended Action

Electric vehicle charging service, 20.20

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Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to electric vehicle charging service and providing an opportunity for public comment

The Utilities Board hereby proposes to amend Chapter 20, "Service Supplied by Electric Utilities," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 476.2.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code sections 476.1 and 476.26.

Purpose and Summary

On November 12, 2019, the Iowa Administrative Rules Review Committee (ARRC) considered the Board's adoption of rule 199—20.20(476). By a vote of six to three, the ARRC voted to object to rule 199—20.20(476). The Board is initiating this rule making with the intent of adopting an electric vehicle charging service rule that does not contain the defects identified by the ARRC.

The Board issued an order on October 14, 2020, commencing this rule making. The order is available on the Board's electronic filing system,, under Docket No.RMU-2020-2020.

Fiscal Impact

This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.


No waiver provision is included in the proposed amendments because the Board has a general waiver provision in rule 199—1.3(17A,474,476) that provides procedures for requesting a waiver of the rules in this chapter.

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written or oral comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written or oral comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Board no later than 4:30 p.m.on December 8, 2020. Comments should be directed to:

Iowa Utilities Board

Electronic Filing System (EFS) at

Phone: 515.725.7337


Public Hearing

An oral presentation at which persons may present their views orally or in writing will be held as follows:

December 21, 2020

1 to 4 p.m.

Board Hearing Room

1375 East Court Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa

Persons who wish to make oral comments at the oral presentation may be asked to state their names for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of this proposed rule making.

Any persons who intend to attend the oral presentation and have special requirements, such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments, should contact the Board and advise of specific needs.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

The following rule-making action is proposed:

Rescind rule 199—20.20(476) and adopt the following new rule in lieu thereof:

199—20.20(476) Electric vehicle charging service.

20.20(1) A commercial or public electric vehicle charging station is not a public utility under Iowa Code section 476.1 if the charging station receives all electric power from the electric utility in whose service area the charging station is located. If an electric vehicle charging station obtains electric power from a source other than the electric utility, the determination of whether the commercial or public electric vehicle charging station is a public utility shall be resolved by the board.

20.20(2) A person, partnership, business association, or corporation, foreign or domestic, furnishing electricity to a commercial or public electric vehicle charging station shall comply with Iowa Code section 476.25 and, if applicable, with the terms and conditions of the public utility's tariffs or service rules.

20.20(3) A rate-regulated public utility shall not, through its filed tariff, prohibit electric vehicle charging or restrict the method of sale of electric vehicle charging at a commercial or public electric vehicle charging station.

20.20(4) Electric utilities and entities providing commercial or public electric vehicle charging service shall comply with all applicable statutes and regulations governing the provision of electric vehicle charging service, including but not limited to all taxing requirements, and shall, if necessary, file all appropriate tariffs.

Utilities Division

This Organization is a part of the Commerce Department

Closed For Comments

This notice is now closed for comments. Collection of comments closed on 12/8/2020.

Official Document

The official published PDF of this document is available from the Iowa General Assembly’s Administrative Rules page.

View Official PDF

View the Iowa Administrative Bulletin for 11/4/2020.

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Administrative Rule References

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Rule 199-20.20

Iowa Code References

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Iowa Code 476.1 Iowa Code 476.25


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