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Please log into the webinar 15 – 30 minutes before start time.

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 
8:30 am – 4:30 pm CDT (including a 60-min. break)


Iowa Utilities Board Rules of Practice and Procedure and Guidance Documents  

  • IUB hearing procedures
  • Review of IUB guidance documents
  • IUB informal procedures – mediation etc.
  • Formal complaints 


IUB Jurisdiction, Authority and Options for Approval Generation Facilities  

  • Jurisdiction over generation and transmission facilities
  • Jurisdiction over service areas 
  • Approval options for generation facilities
  • Issues outside IUB jurisdiction – rates, disconnects, meters etc.
    • Rates, disconnects, meters, etc. 


Iowa Energy and Electric Utilities Policy Update

 Renewable Energy Siting and Permitting 

  • Site selection for large-scale renewables
  • Regulatory roadblocks, federal, state, and local authority 
  • Non-regulatory considerations – addressing public opposition
  • State and county trends in siting restrictions
  • Types of agreements for development
  • Land use and environmental regulations
  • Decommissioning and end-of-life issues 


Utility Vegetation Management 

  • UVM regulations and compliance
  • UVM surveys
  • Implementing a management program  


Understanding Utility Easements and Rights-of-Way   

  • Utility easement and right-of-way basics
  • Encroachments and interferences
  • Maintenance


Webinar Instructions
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Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers:
6.5 PDHs

6.5 CLE Hours

Certified Planners:


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.5 PDHs for professional engineers in Iowa for whom this subject matter is professionally relevant.

This course has been approved by the Iowa Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 6.5 total CLE hours.

HalfMoon Education is an approved CM Provider with the American Planning Association. This course is registered for CM|6.5 for Certified Planners.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).




Philip Chen

Philip Chen is the Manager of Research and Development at CN Utility Consulting. His primary focus has been working on utility program reviews, transmission R/W projects, and various environmental and ecological projects. He has been instrumental in the development of our Utility Vegetation Management Industry Survey in cooperation with UWSP.

J. Cole Helfrich

Principal Land Surveyor with Koru Group PLLC

Mr. Helfrich has been principal land surveyor with Craig R. Knoche & Associates, P.C. and its successor Koru Group PLLC in the Chicago area for the last 30 years. Mr. Helfrich first picked up a plumb bob in 1971 for Webster & Associates. From tape-and-transit to GPS, mortgage surveys to shopping centers, he has his seal on billions of dollars of commercial, residential and institutional developments and transactions in 23 counties in Illinois together with consulting and managing projects in 15 other states. Mr. Helfrich has enjoyed working with countless prominent developers, attorneys and other professionals in the field and the office. His specialties include real estate law, boundaries and boundary law, easements, rights-of-way and other encumbrances and servitudes, statutory and common-law plats, ALTA surveys, topography, building and site layout, construction- and project-management as well as land development consulting. He has presented classes and co-written manuals with the Illinois Institute For Continuing Legal Education along with classes at the University of Illinois and HalfMoon Education. Mr. Helfrich is a member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors and the Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association.

Amanda James

Shareholder, Sullivan & Ward, P.C.

Amanda James serves as a Shareholder and Attorney of the Sullivan & Ward Professional Corporation. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Grinnell College in 2003 and graduated from Drake University Law School in 2008 with a Certificate in Litigation and Conflict Resolution and a Certificate in Constitutional Law. Ms. James has established her expertise in public utility law and regulation through representation of clients in the electric and gas, telecommunications and renewable energy industries in administrative hearings at the Iowa Utilities Board, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and in state and federal courts. She has counseled business clients with complex transactions, consumer issues, government relations and strategic counsel. Ms. James has experience representing various regulated and unregulated entities such as municipal utilities, investor owned utilities, alternative energy producers, independent/merchant power producers, transmission operators and large power customers. Ms. James is a member of the State of Iowa Bar Association and is licensed to practice in the State of Iowa and the Northern and Southern Federal Districts of Iowa. Additionally, she is a 2004-2005 graduate of Leadership Iowa, which promotes professional development, community service and leadership training. Ms. James served as 2014-2015 President of the Energy Bar Association Midwest Chapter. She was born in Creston, Iowa.

Samantha C. Norris

Member, Brown Winick

Samantha C. Norris is a Member at Brown Winick. Through serving as the General Counsel of the Iowa Utilities Board, in-house counsel for a large investor-owned utility, and as outside counsel for various types of utilities and private developers, she has developed deep expertise on a broad scope of energy and utility matters. Specifically, Ms. Norris has years of experience with rate cases, generation facility siting and permitting, reorganizations, acquisitions and divestitures, service territory modifications and disputes, customer complaints, pipelines, transmission line franchises, tariffs, rulemakings, legislation, power purchase and wholesale power agreements, renewable natural gas projects, real estate and right of way transactions, financings, and federal and regional rate, service, and policy matters, among others. As co-chair of the firm’s Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resources practice group, helping clients navigate the ever-changing energy and utilities landscape is at the heart of her practice. Ms. Norris also regularly advise a wide variety of individuals, governmental entities, non-profits, and businesses on general corporate, litigation, real estate, and contract matters. She draws upon my business and legal experiences at law firms, closely held and publicly traded companies, and the state government to provide succinct and straightforward guidance.

Bob Rafferty

Principal of the Rafferty Group

Bob Rafferty is the Principal of the Rafferty Group. He has over 30 years of experience involving government, government relations, and not-for-profit organizations. A former legislator, Mr. Rafferty previously served as Chief of Staff and Director of the Department of Management under Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad and as a consultant for Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack’s administration. He has worked closely with elected and appointed government officials in a variety of roles, including consulting with numerous state, local and international governments on strategic policy initiatives. His long history in solving public policy challenges enables him to find innovative solutions for the important public policy needs and objectives of his clients. The Rafferty Group leverages three key strategic partnerships to deliver the right balance of individualized, focused support while providing the breadth of experience, knowledge and resources for clients’ demanding needs.