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why sustainability?

It has been proven that creating and administering sustainability/conservation programs is much more cost effective than building infrastructure to serve the growing demand for resources.  In an effort to promote sustainable community growth, IMU has implemented utility programs aimed at maintaining, and ultimately reducing, the amount of electricity, water and natural gas resources being used in our community.

current programs

  • Indianola Sustainability Committee: Two staff members represent IMU on the Indianola Sustainability Committee.  The committee meets monthly to share ideas and implement programs that help to educate our citizens on the responsible use of limited resources and encourage behavior that provides for a comparable standard of living for future generations.
  • Renewable Energy Credit Program: Renewable Energy Credits, also known as green tags, represent the environmental attributes of power produced from renewable energy resources.  IMU has purchased 4,800Mwh of wind generated renewable energy and their associated credits, to be placed in a pool and made available to our customers.
  • IMU/Mid American Partnership:  IMU has partnered with Mid American Energy to provide free home energy audits.  Both electric and natural gas measures will be evaluated, after which customers receive a recommendation for improvements along with incentives available through each utility.
  • Economic Development Incentive Program: The goal of this economic development program is to effectively encourage new utility usage growth within IMU service territories.  Use of utility funds is limited to construction of public infrastructure or forgiveness of all or a portion of private service installation costs.
  • Indianola Sustainability Study: This grant funded energy analysis was conducted to create a baseline against which future energy reduction programs will be measured.  Consumer usage data collected through this process will be used to develop strategies aimed at reducing the community’s overall energy consumption over the next five years.
  • Landfill Gas Attributes: A base load renewable energy resource.  Methane, or landfill gas, is formed as refuse slowly decomposes.  It is then collected and converted into electricity.

future Programs

  • Smart Metering: The expansion of IMU's fiber optic system will allow for more technologically advanced metering activities.  Potential uses of a smart metering system include real-time or near real-time sensors, power outage notification, and power quality monitoring.
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