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The primary purpose of the IAEC outage map is for disseminating power outage information in the event of widespread power outages or local power outages affecting a high percentage of people. Electric cooperatives report power outage information to the state of Iowa during significant power outages according to Iowa Administrative Code 199-20.19. It is under these circumstances that the outage map will be populated with electric cooperative member-consumer-owner power outage information. Power outages below those prescribed levels will not always be reflected on this outage map for all individual electric cooperatives.
When large amounts of customers in the cities and towns served by Alliant Energy or MidAmerican Energy, the two investor-owned utilities in Iowa, are impacted by storms or flooding, but electric cooperatives are not, this power outage map may be populated with power outage information so the public can see if any rural and suburban areas served by electric cooperatives are without electricity.
During widespread or isolated power outages affecting many people, individual electric cooperatives intend to update their power outages at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. This map will automatically refresh every 15 minutes based on outage data reported by individual electric cooperatives. Your best source of outage information relative to your individual electric service will continue to be your local electric service provider.
The information contained in this outage map should not be utilized to compare one utility to another in terms of reliability. Weather is a significant driver of outages in Iowa, and weather patterns can vary greatly from one location to another. The differences in weather may impact two utility systems quite differently, even though said systems are in close proximity to one another. Further, the outage information contained on this map is based upon information provided by the cooperatives. Some Cooperatives have automated outage management systems that have been interconnected to the IAEC outage map. Such interconnection may cause the Cooperative to show more frequent outages than other Cooperatives; but this would be a reflection of the reporting system and not an accurate reflection of the comparative reliability of the various Cooperative systems. For a list of those Cooperatives who have automated outage management systems interconnected to the IAEC outage map, please contact the IAEC.