Contact Governor Reynolds and say "NO" to the Job Crusher Test. Save EE jobs & help lower utility rates!
In March of 2018, the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) provided background research to Iowa House and Senate members on Senate File 2311. Our letter highlighted Iowa’s long bi-partisan support for energy efficiency programs that have kept Iowa’s utility rates lower than many neighboring states and cited two recent national studies demonstrating that more than 19,000 Iowans and small businesses work in the energy efficiency industry. The HPC letter suggested that the best way to modernize and improve energy efficiency programs in Iowa would be to incorporate the fundamental principles of the new National Standard Practices Manual (NSPM) on cost effectiveness testing into the Iowa State Energy Plan’s implementation process. The letter said:
As drafted, Senate File 2311 will abandon a bi-partisan tradition of support for energy efficiency in Iowa, raise utility rates for in the long term for consumers, needlessly waste energy resources, and jeopardize thousands of construction jobs, small businesses and energy efficiency entrepreneurs across Iowa. Senate File 2311 represents the wrong approach towards energy efficiency policy and a dead end for the further development of energy efficiency businesses and industries in Iowa.
That HPC letter was written before Senate File 2311 got a lot worse.
In the middle of the night of on Friday, April 27, 2018 - an unidentified lobbyist inserted a “ratepayer impact test” (RIM test) on Iowa energy efficiency programs into SF 2311. The RIM test is a 35 five-year-old California test that has now been rejected by 49 other states. While the RIM test amendment was not debated, many states have concluded that the RIM test conflicts with their economic development and job creation policy goals and will lead to higher utility rates for all customers in the long term. In fact, some states have nicknamed the RIM test – the Job Crusher Test.
So, if Governor Reynolds signs Senate File 2311, Iowa will become the only state in the nation to adopt the California RIM test. The new, Iowa RIM test will take away one of the "four foundational pillars" of the Iowa Energy Plan and move Iowa to 50th place in the national energy markets on energy efficiency.
Iowa’s utility rates are the envy of its neighboring states. More than 19,000 Iowans and small businesses work in the energy efficiency industry in Iowa. Iowa should keep it that way.
Tell Governor Reynolds that Senate File 2311 would take Iowa backward on energy policy. Iowa should implement its own State Energy Plan and reject the California RIM test. You can reach her staff Paige Thorson by phone (515-281-5211) email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit https://governor.iowa.gov/contact.