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DES MOINES, Iowa – (May 25, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company will again provide clean, renewable wind energy for the Principal Charity Classic, the annual PGA Tour Champions event, June 5-10 at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines.

Since 2011, MidAmerican Energy has donated renewable energy certificates to the Principal Charity Classic from its Pomeroy wind farm, located in Pocahontas and Calhoun counties in Iowa, to offset the tournament’s electricity usage.

RECs are tradeable, non-tangible U.S. energy commodities that represent an eligible, renewable energy source generated the electricity. In this instance, the certificates verify the Pomeroy wind farm produced the Principal Charity Classic’s energy.

“We’re pleased to partner once again with the Principal Charity Classic,” Kathryn Kunert, vice president of economic connections and integration at MidAmerican Energy, said. “MidAmerican Energy is proud to help power an event that contributes so much to the region and to charitable organizations.”

For the third year, the company will sponsor the MidAmerican Energy Green Canyon, which provides fans a spectacular view of the competition. In addition to prime seating, the Green Canyon – which encompasses holes 16, 17 and 18 – features video boards, concession items and the new Camarena Cantina party tent.

“The MidAmerican Energy Green Canyon has been a fan-favorite location since its debut and continues to grow in popularity every year,” Sean Sovacool, executive director of the 2018 Principal Charity Classic, said. “It’s the perfect location to socialize and cheer on many of the greatest champions of the game.”

About Principal Charity Classic
The Principal Charity Classic is an annual PGA Tour Champions event focused on philanthropic giving.

Last year the tournament, which is dedicated to helping Iowa kids succeed, raised a record $3.5 million for children’s charities and attracted more than 81,000 fans. The tournament has given approximately $13.5 million to charities since 2007.

For more information on the charities and the tournament, visit principalcharityclassic.com and follow it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at midamericanenergy.com and on the company’s social media channels.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (May 23, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company and Monsanto Company, which jointly own a unique 510-acre preserve near Muscatine, will open the refuge to the public one day next month for the triennial Big Sand Mound Field Day.

The Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve’s undisturbed habitats, including open prairies, shallow ponds and woodlands will be open to the public Saturday, June 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Two early morning tours, including a guided birdwatching session and a combined natural history and nature photography session, begin promptly at 5:30 a.m.

The preserve features more than 400 types of plants, including prickly pear cactuses, and reptiles such as the endangered yellow mud turtle. Once every three years, the public can tour the sand prairie’s unusual and diverse environment at the Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve, south of Muscatine. The preserve is generally not open to the public because of its fragile ecosystem. The next public field day will be in 2021.

“Big Sand Mound is an Iowa environmental treasure,” Jenny McIvor, vice president, environmental programs for MidAmerican Energy, said. “Environmental respect is one of our company’s core principles. We’re proud of our efforts to protect and preserve this unique space that many amazing plants and creatures call home,” McIvor added. “We encourage the public to experience our field day, because it’s a rare opportunity to see something extraordinary for this area.”

How to register, obtain schedule of events
Participants can take short guided walking tours or rugged three-hour hikes. Participants can also take part in various sessions with topics including birds, amphibians, butterflies, insects, arrowheads, lichens and prairie management. Activities for kids include archery, wetland wading and a scavenger hunt.

A complete schedule, downloadable registration form, and map are available at muscatinecountyconservation.com. To register, download the form and pay by check or call 888-336-3907 and pay by phone. The downloadable form also offers an online registration option.

Registration is $15 per person for adults and youth 13 and over (12 and under are free), and includes a field guide, doughnut or roll, and a beverage. Participants are encouraged to take a bag lunch, as lunch is not provided.

Advance phone or mail registration and fees are due by Friday, June 1. Participants can also register and pay by cash-only on the day of the event. Registration is limited to 250 people.

Big Sand Mound history
While developing the nearby Louisa Generating Station in Muscatine in 1977, MidAmerican Energy set aside 420 acres for an environmental preserve after site evaluations indicated an ecosystem not typically found in Iowa. In 1981, Monsanto Company added another 90 acres, and together these areas became the Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve. A committee oversees the property to study, preserve and protect Big Sand Mound’s unique ecological community.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (May 8, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company customers will save money on their energy bills following the passage of Senate File 2311, a bill signed by Governor Kim Reynolds on Friday.

The new law updates energy efficiency spending, resulting in savings for customers. It ensures that MidAmerican Energy can continue to offer a robust set of energy efficiency programs in Iowa at a reasonable cost. Additionally, beginning in 2019, utilities will no longer be prohibited from disclosing mandated energy efficiency charges, helping customers to better understand their monthly bills.

“MidAmerican Energy has been leading the revolution of Iowa’s energy landscape – drastically reshaping it from what it was in 1990 when energy efficiency spending was first mandated,” Adam Wright, MidAmerican Energy’s president and CEO, said. “Thanks to major investments in renewable energy generation, nearly half the energy provided by MidAmerican Energy now comes from wind. This, in turn, has helped make Iowa the nation’s leader in the percentage of electric generation coming from wind – playing a critical role in keeping rates in Iowa among the lowest in the country and making it an attractive place to live and do business.

“At the same time, we’re not resting on our laurels and are continuing to aggressively pursue renewable energy projects for our customers. Our most recent effort, the $3.6 billion Wind XI project, will significantly increase the amount of renewable energy provided to customers, without the need to raise customer rates. When Wind XI is completed, MidAmerican Energy expects to provide 90 percent of customers’ annual energy needs with renewable energy,” Wright continued.

In Iowa, MidAmerican Energy customers pay, on average, more than seven percent of their bills toward energy efficiency programs, the highest in the nation. The legislation’s spending cap will cut that in half, bringing the cost of energy efficiency programming in line with the rest of the country. The caps implemented through the legislation are expected to save MidAmerican Energy’s customers $80 - $90 million per year, while still allowing Iowa to be a leader in energy efficiency. That equates to $80 per year for the average residential gas and electric customer, $195 for the average commercial customer and $9,000 for the average industrial customer.

“MidAmerican Energy believes that a cost-effective energy efficiency program is an important part of a long-term energy strategy. The time was right to rebalance customer spending in this area in recognition of Iowa’s leadership in clean energy. The new law puts money back in the pockets of our customers and provides them with safe, reliable, and increasingly clean energy,” Wright said. “We commend the Governor for advancing energy policy that makes sense for the times.”

The cap on energy efficiency programs will not be implemented immediately. The legislation calls for utilities to file updated energy efficiency plans with the Iowa Utilities Board, requiring IUB to take action by March 1, 2019. The existing energy efficiency plan will remain in effect until a new plan is approved.

MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (May 1, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company today announced construction of two new Iowa wind farm projects to begin this summer in Adair County.

The Arbor Hill wind farm project includes 125 wind turbines. The Orient wind farm project includes 150 turbines with the option to add up to 100 more. Both are part of the company’s previously announced Wind XI project.

The 275 turbines, manufactured by Vestas Wind Systems A/S, will add 550 megawatts of wind generation capacity for MidAmerican Energy customers – enough wind energy to power more than 230,000 average Iowa homes. Crews are scheduled to begin construction on both projects in June.

Arbor Hill and Orient will add to MidAmerican Energy’s three existing wind farms in Adair County: Adair, Morning Light and Rolling Hills.

“This is another step forward for our Wind XI project,” Mike Fehr, MidAmerican Energy vice president of resource development, said. “Every wind farm we add gets us closer to achieving our 100 percent renewable energy vision.”

The company anticipates that renewable generation will equate to more than 90 percent of its customers’ annual retail electricity usage by 2020.

“Wind energy is great for our customers, because it’s a renewable resource that powers Iowa homes and businesses and it also helps energize the state’s economy,” Fehr added.

The 550 MW associated with the two new Adair County wind farms will add an estimated average of $6.6 million in annual county property taxes. The projects will also pay an average $4.8 million each year in landowner payments and create both construction jobs and long-term operations and maintenance jobs in the county.

Wind XI project
The $3.6 billion Wind XI project is scheduled for completion in December 2019. The project will include up to 1,000 wind turbines and add up to 2,000 megawatts of wind generation capacity in Iowa. That’s enough energy to power more than 840,000 average Iowa homes.

Other Wind XI wind farms
The two new Adair County wind farms will be the latest additions to the Wind XI project. Beaver Creek II wind farm in Greene County, and North English wind farm in Poweshiek County, are both under construction. Two additional wind farms, Beaver Creek in Boone and Greene counties, and Prairie in Mahaska County, are operating.

MidAmerican Energy is working with developers, county officials and landowners on potential wind farm sites in several Iowa counties for the balance of Wind XI.

Wind energy economic benefits
In 2017, MidAmerican Energy paid $19.6 million in Iowa property taxes on wind turbines. These annual payments are in addition to the economic benefits associated with wind energy construction, operations and maintenance jobs in rural areas, wind industry manufacturing jobs, landowner easement payments and renewable energy’s impact in attracting new businesses to the state.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (April 24, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company will again support the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee, by providing clean, renewable energy for the meet.

MidAmerican Energy will certify that an Iowa wind farm generated the energy for this year’s event.

“We are excited to bring our 100 percent renewable energy vision to the Drake Relays for the fifth year in a row,” Kathryn Kunert, MidAmerican Energy’s vice president of economic connections and integration, said. “We are proud to support the Drake Relays, and appreciate the opportunity to help athletes and fans understand the benefits of renewable, affordable wind energy that we harvest here in Iowa.”

MidAmerican Energy announced its 100 percent renewable energy vision in 2016 at the same time it launched its Wind XI project. An industry leader in environmental stewardship, MidAmerican Energy is already about halfway to its goal of delivering 100 percent renewable energy to its customers in Iowa.

When complete in 2019, the $3.6 billion Wind XI project will add up to 2,000 megawatts of capacity, and produce enough wind energy to power more than 840,000 average Iowa homes.

“MidAmerican Energy’s commitment to powering the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee with renewable energy has become part of the fabric of America’s Athletic Classic,” said Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson director of the Drake Relays. “We’re excited that MidAmerican Energy is again powering the Drake Relays with renewable energy produced right here in Iowa. Athletes from around the world cherish the opportunity to race on the Blue Oval and MidAmerican Energy’s support of renewable energy helps illuminate those performances inside Drake Stadium.”

MidAmerican Energy donates renewable energy certificates
Since 2014, MidAmerican Energy has donated renewable energy certificates to the Drake Relays from its Pomeroy wind farm in Iowa, located in Pocahontas and Calhoun counties. RECs are tradeable, non-tangible U.S. energy commodities that represent an eligible renewable energy source generated the electricity. In this instance, the certificates verify the Pomeroy wind farm produced Drake Relays’ energy.

MidAmerican Energy honors high school athletes, sponsors mobile app
MidAmerican Energy is the title sponsor of Friday morning events, which feature high school athletes. The company also sponsors the Drake Relays app that offers information about athletes competing, events and live results. The app can be found and downloaded on Google Play or iTunes App Store by searching Drake Relays.

About the Drake Relays, presented by Hy-Vee
For one week a year, the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee brings together Iowa’s top high school athletes with the best collegiate and professional performers from across the nation and around the world. Every April at historic Drake Stadium, the competition is fierce, the athletes spectacular and the performances legendary. Fans have packed the stands for 108 runnings, and have witnessed the fall of 14 world records, 51 American records and 56 national collegiate records. It is this combination of unmatched atmosphere and the spirit of competition that truly makes the Drake Relays America’s Athletic Classic. For more information, visit www.DrakeRelays.org.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (April 19, 2018) – A nationwide pre-Earth Day survey of utility customers chose MidAmerican Energy Company as one of the country’s top “environmental champion” utilities – the fourth year in a row that MidAmerican Energy has earned the honor.

Market Strategies International awarded MidAmerican Energy the environmental dedication honor. Market Strategies’ award is based on its Cogent Reports study of more than 62,000 customers among 131 of the nation's largest residential gas and electric utility providers.

“As we celebrate Earth Day, we are honored to see that our customers have recognized MidAmerican Energy’s environmental commitment four years in a row,” Adam Wright, MidAmerican Energy President and CEO, said. “Environmental respect is one of our company’s core principles, so it’s nice to see our employees receive this award for their thoughtful approach and dedication to being good stewards of the environment.”

The study ranks companies based on consumer ratings of five critical environmental attributes: promoting clean energy, enabling consumption management, facilitating environmental causes, encouraging environmentally friendly fleets and buildings, and consistently seeking ways to protect the environment.

“MidAmerican Energy is working toward a 100 percent renewable energy vision,” Wright said. “We’re helping create a cleaner environment for our customers, communities and future generations while keeping their energy costs low.”

Tree Line USA Award
Separately, earlier this month MidAmerican Energy earned the Tree Line USA Award for its commitment to tree planting, proper tree pruning and care. It’s the 17th consecutive year that MidAmerican Energy earned the honor.

The Arbor Day Foundation and National Association of State Foresters annually recognize public and private utilities for protecting and enhancing urban trees. The foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources presented MidAmerican Energy the award.

To receive the award, a utility must meet five minimum requirements, including quality tree care, annual worker training, tree planting and public education, a tree-based energy conservation program, and an annual Arbor Day celebration.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (April 13, 2018) – With severe weather looming in the weekend forecast, MidAmerican Energy Company reminds customers they can receive real-time alerts on service impacts in their area.

At MidAmerican Energy's website, customers can log in to the “My Account” link and register to receive text alerts or email messages about an outage, when crews are projected to work in the area impacted by the storm and ultimately when service is restored.

“The time to prepare for a power outage is before it happens,” Michael Gehringer, vice president of customer operations for MidAmerican Energy, said. “Whether it’s a thunderstorm, tornado or a blizzard that affects your power, MidAmerican Energy will work quickly and safely to restore it.”

Notify MidAmerican Energy if a power outage occurs in your area
If you are a MidAmerican Energy customer and your power goes out, notify the company as soon as possible to help crews pinpoint impacted areas and restore service more quickly. Customers can report the outage online or call 800-799-4443.

Account information available 24/7 online, from desktops, tablets and smartphones
MidAmerican Energy wants to make it easy to connect with the company. My Account, where customers sign up for outage alerts, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to signing up for notifications, customers can track information on their energy use, pay bills and view payment history, among other activities. Customers can easily create a My Account online by entering basic information, such as an account number.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (March 30, 2018) – Customers of MidAmerican Energy will benefit from the new tax law passed late last year through lower energy rates both now and in the future. Changes to the federal corporate income tax code lower the tax rate that MidAmerican Energy pays from 35 to 21 percent, which means customers will pay lower energy bills. In a filing with the Iowa Utilities Board yesterday, MidAmerican Energy proposed to return 100 percent of the savings from the income tax rate change to customers through lower bills. Iowa customers will get the savings, totaling $42 million for 2018, through a credit on monthly bills.

“We are proud to serve our customers every day by delivering reliable and affordable energy in a balanced and sustainable way,” said Adam Wright, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy. “MidAmerican Energy realized savings from the lower corporate tax rate, and those savings will be passed on to our customers.”

In its IUB filing, MidAmerican Energy also proposed to use other tax-related benefits resulting from tax reform for the future to reduce the need for price increases. The company will create an account to capture these benefits which will reduce the size or need for a future rate case – fulfilling MidAmerican’s goal of keeping rates low well into the future.

The IUB issued an order on February 27 requiring rate-regulated utilities to file proposals detailing how they would provide customers with the benefits realized from the federal tax rate reduction. Under the proposal submitted by MidAmerican Energy, if approved by the IUB, customers will start to see savings beginning with their May monthly bill.

MidAmerican Energy has already received approval in Illinois to begin providing the tax benefits to customers in April, and will soon file plans with South Dakota regulators to return tax reduction benefits to its customers in that state as well.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (March 26, 2018) – Iowa’s annual winter energy assistance moratorium that prevents low-income eligible customers from being disconnected for non-payment ends April 1.

MidAmerican Energy Company urges customers who are behind on their utility bills to contact the company as soon as possible to discuss their options.

“We recognize that financial hardships can impact anyone,” Michael Gehringer, vice president of customer operations for MidAmerican Energy, said. “That’s why we want to talk to our customers who have fallen behind in paying their MidAmerican Energy bills, because utility disconnection is a last resort,” Gehringer added. “We work with our customers to understand their particular circumstance and provide a payment solution that works for them.”

Help through LIHEAP program
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) establishes an annual gas and electric shutoff moratorium from November 1 to April 1 for LIHEAP-eligible customers.

Iowa customers who need financial assistance with utility bills should contact their local community action agency before April 30 to determine if they qualify for LIHEAP.

Help through MidAmerican Energy's I CARE program
MidAmerican Energy’s I CARE program combines customer donations with a 25 percent company match, to help pay utility bills for eligible low-income customers. I CARE donations stay in the local area from where they are received and go to community agencies that assist low-income customers.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.

DES MOINES, Iowa – (May 25, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company will again provide clean, renewable wind energy for the Principal Charity Classic, the annual PGA Tour Champions event, June 5-10 at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines.

Since 2011, MidAmerican Energy has donated renewable energy certificates to the Principal Charity Classic from its Pomeroy wind farm, located in Pocahontas and Calhoun counties in Iowa, to offset the tournament’s electricity usage.

RECs are tradeable, non-tangible U.S. energy commodities that represent an eligible, renewable energy source generated the electricity. In this instance, the certificates verify the Pomeroy wind farm produced the Principal Charity Classic’s energy.

“We’re pleased to partner once again with the Principal Charity Classic,” Kathryn Kunert, vice president of economic connections and integration at MidAmerican Energy, said. “MidAmerican Energy is proud to help power an event that contributes so much to the region and to charitable organizations.”

For the third year, the company will sponsor the MidAmerican Energy Green Canyon, which provides fans a spectacular view of the competition. In addition to prime seating, the Green Canyon – which encompasses holes 16, 17 and 18 – features video boards, concession items and the new Camarena Cantina party tent.

“The MidAmerican Energy Green Canyon has been a fan-favorite location since its debut and continues to grow in popularity every year,” Sean Sovacool, executive director of the 2018 Principal Charity Classic, said. “It’s the perfect location to socialize and cheer on many of the greatest champions of the game.”

About Principal Charity Classic
The Principal Charity Classic is an annual PGA Tour Champions event focused on philanthropic giving.

Last year the tournament, which is dedicated to helping Iowa kids succeed, raised a record $3.5 million for children’s charities and attracted more than 81,000 fans. The tournament has given approximately $13.5 million to charities since 2007.

For more information on the charities and the tournament, visit principalcharityclassic.com and follow it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at midamericanenergy.com and on the company’s social media channels.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (May 23, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company and Monsanto Company, which jointly own a unique 510-acre preserve near Muscatine, will open the refuge to the public one day next month for the triennial Big Sand Mound Field Day.

The Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve’s undisturbed habitats, including open prairies, shallow ponds and woodlands will be open to the public Saturday, June 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Two early morning tours, including a guided birdwatching session and a combined natural history and nature photography session, begin promptly at 5:30 a.m.

The preserve features more than 400 types of plants, including prickly pear cactuses, and reptiles such as the endangered yellow mud turtle. Once every three years, the public can tour the sand prairie’s unusual and diverse environment at the Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve, south of Muscatine. The preserve is generally not open to the public because of its fragile ecosystem. The next public field day will be in 2021.

“Big Sand Mound is an Iowa environmental treasure,” Jenny McIvor, vice president, environmental programs for MidAmerican Energy, said. “Environmental respect is one of our company’s core principles. We’re proud of our efforts to protect and preserve this unique space that many amazing plants and creatures call home,” McIvor added. “We encourage the public to experience our field day, because it’s a rare opportunity to see something extraordinary for this area.”

How to register, obtain schedule of events
Participants can take short guided walking tours or rugged three-hour hikes. Participants can also take part in various sessions with topics including birds, amphibians, butterflies, insects, arrowheads, lichens and prairie management. Activities for kids include archery, wetland wading and a scavenger hunt.

A complete schedule, downloadable registration form, and map are available at muscatinecountyconservation.com. To register, download the form and pay by check or call 888-336-3907 and pay by phone. The downloadable form also offers an online registration option.

Registration is $15 per person for adults and youth 13 and over (12 and under are free), and includes a field guide, doughnut or roll, and a beverage. Participants are encouraged to take a bag lunch, as lunch is not provided.

Advance phone or mail registration and fees are due by Friday, June 1. Participants can also register and pay by cash-only on the day of the event. Registration is limited to 250 people.

Big Sand Mound history
While developing the nearby Louisa Generating Station in Muscatine in 1977, MidAmerican Energy set aside 420 acres for an environmental preserve after site evaluations indicated an ecosystem not typically found in Iowa. In 1981, Monsanto Company added another 90 acres, and together these areas became the Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve. A committee oversees the property to study, preserve and protect Big Sand Mound’s unique ecological community.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (May 8, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company customers will save money on their energy bills following the passage of Senate File 2311, a bill signed by Governor Kim Reynolds on Friday.

The new law updates energy efficiency spending, resulting in savings for customers. It ensures that MidAmerican Energy can continue to offer a robust set of energy efficiency programs in Iowa at a reasonable cost. Additionally, beginning in 2019, utilities will no longer be prohibited from disclosing mandated energy efficiency charges, helping customers to better understand their monthly bills.

“MidAmerican Energy has been leading the revolution of Iowa’s energy landscape – drastically reshaping it from what it was in 1990 when energy efficiency spending was first mandated,” Adam Wright, MidAmerican Energy’s president and CEO, said. “Thanks to major investments in renewable energy generation, nearly half the energy provided by MidAmerican Energy now comes from wind. This, in turn, has helped make Iowa the nation’s leader in the percentage of electric generation coming from wind – playing a critical role in keeping rates in Iowa among the lowest in the country and making it an attractive place to live and do business.

“At the same time, we’re not resting on our laurels and are continuing to aggressively pursue renewable energy projects for our customers. Our most recent effort, the $3.6 billion Wind XI project, will significantly increase the amount of renewable energy provided to customers, without the need to raise customer rates. When Wind XI is completed, MidAmerican Energy expects to provide 90 percent of customers’ annual energy needs with renewable energy,” Wright continued.

In Iowa, MidAmerican Energy customers pay, on average, more than seven percent of their bills toward energy efficiency programs, the highest in the nation. The legislation’s spending cap will cut that in half, bringing the cost of energy efficiency programming in line with the rest of the country. The caps implemented through the legislation are expected to save MidAmerican Energy’s customers $80 - $90 million per year, while still allowing Iowa to be a leader in energy efficiency. That equates to $80 per year for the average residential gas and electric customer, $195 for the average commercial customer and $9,000 for the average industrial customer.

“MidAmerican Energy believes that a cost-effective energy efficiency program is an important part of a long-term energy strategy. The time was right to rebalance customer spending in this area in recognition of Iowa’s leadership in clean energy. The new law puts money back in the pockets of our customers and provides them with safe, reliable, and increasingly clean energy,” Wright said. “We commend the Governor for advancing energy policy that makes sense for the times.”

The cap on energy efficiency programs will not be implemented immediately. The legislation calls for utilities to file updated energy efficiency plans with the Iowa Utilities Board, requiring IUB to take action by March 1, 2019. The existing energy efficiency plan will remain in effect until a new plan is approved.

MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (May 1, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company today announced construction of two new Iowa wind farm projects to begin this summer in Adair County.

The Arbor Hill wind farm project includes 125 wind turbines. The Orient wind farm project includes 150 turbines with the option to add up to 100 more. Both are part of the company’s previously announced Wind XI project.

The 275 turbines, manufactured by Vestas Wind Systems A/S, will add 550 megawatts of wind generation capacity for MidAmerican Energy customers – enough wind energy to power more than 230,000 average Iowa homes. Crews are scheduled to begin construction on both projects in June.

Arbor Hill and Orient will add to MidAmerican Energy’s three existing wind farms in Adair County: Adair, Morning Light and Rolling Hills.

“This is another step forward for our Wind XI project,” Mike Fehr, MidAmerican Energy vice president of resource development, said. “Every wind farm we add gets us closer to achieving our 100 percent renewable energy vision.”

The company anticipates that renewable generation will equate to more than 90 percent of its customers’ annual retail electricity usage by 2020.

“Wind energy is great for our customers, because it’s a renewable resource that powers Iowa homes and businesses and it also helps energize the state’s economy,” Fehr added.

The 550 MW associated with the two new Adair County wind farms will add an estimated average of $6.6 million in annual county property taxes. The projects will also pay an average $4.8 million each year in landowner payments and create both construction jobs and long-term operations and maintenance jobs in the county.

Wind XI project
The $3.6 billion Wind XI project is scheduled for completion in December 2019. The project will include up to 1,000 wind turbines and add up to 2,000 megawatts of wind generation capacity in Iowa. That’s enough energy to power more than 840,000 average Iowa homes.

Other Wind XI wind farms
The two new Adair County wind farms will be the latest additions to the Wind XI project. Beaver Creek II wind farm in Greene County, and North English wind farm in Poweshiek County, are both under construction. Two additional wind farms, Beaver Creek in Boone and Greene counties, and Prairie in Mahaska County, are operating.

MidAmerican Energy is working with developers, county officials and landowners on potential wind farm sites in several Iowa counties for the balance of Wind XI.

Wind energy economic benefits
In 2017, MidAmerican Energy paid $19.6 million in Iowa property taxes on wind turbines. These annual payments are in addition to the economic benefits associated with wind energy construction, operations and maintenance jobs in rural areas, wind industry manufacturing jobs, landowner easement payments and renewable energy’s impact in attracting new businesses to the state.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (April 24, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company will again support the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee, by providing clean, renewable energy for the meet.

MidAmerican Energy will certify that an Iowa wind farm generated the energy for this year’s event.

“We are excited to bring our 100 percent renewable energy vision to the Drake Relays for the fifth year in a row,” Kathryn Kunert, MidAmerican Energy’s vice president of economic connections and integration, said. “We are proud to support the Drake Relays, and appreciate the opportunity to help athletes and fans understand the benefits of renewable, affordable wind energy that we harvest here in Iowa.”

MidAmerican Energy announced its 100 percent renewable energy vision in 2016 at the same time it launched its Wind XI project. An industry leader in environmental stewardship, MidAmerican Energy is already about halfway to its goal of delivering 100 percent renewable energy to its customers in Iowa.

When complete in 2019, the $3.6 billion Wind XI project will add up to 2,000 megawatts of capacity, and produce enough wind energy to power more than 840,000 average Iowa homes.

“MidAmerican Energy’s commitment to powering the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee with renewable energy has become part of the fabric of America’s Athletic Classic,” said Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson director of the Drake Relays. “We’re excited that MidAmerican Energy is again powering the Drake Relays with renewable energy produced right here in Iowa. Athletes from around the world cherish the opportunity to race on the Blue Oval and MidAmerican Energy’s support of renewable energy helps illuminate those performances inside Drake Stadium.”

MidAmerican Energy donates renewable energy certificates
Since 2014, MidAmerican Energy has donated renewable energy certificates to the Drake Relays from its Pomeroy wind farm in Iowa, located in Pocahontas and Calhoun counties. RECs are tradeable, non-tangible U.S. energy commodities that represent an eligible renewable energy source generated the electricity. In this instance, the certificates verify the Pomeroy wind farm produced Drake Relays’ energy.

MidAmerican Energy honors high school athletes, sponsors mobile app
MidAmerican Energy is the title sponsor of Friday morning events, which feature high school athletes. The company also sponsors the Drake Relays app that offers information about athletes competing, events and live results. The app can be found and downloaded on Google Play or iTunes App Store by searching Drake Relays.

About the Drake Relays, presented by Hy-Vee
For one week a year, the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee brings together Iowa’s top high school athletes with the best collegiate and professional performers from across the nation and around the world. Every April at historic Drake Stadium, the competition is fierce, the athletes spectacular and the performances legendary. Fans have packed the stands for 108 runnings, and have witnessed the fall of 14 world records, 51 American records and 56 national collegiate records. It is this combination of unmatched atmosphere and the spirit of competition that truly makes the Drake Relays America’s Athletic Classic. For more information, visit www.DrakeRelays.org.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (April 19, 2018) – A nationwide pre-Earth Day survey of utility customers chose MidAmerican Energy Company as one of the country’s top “environmental champion” utilities – the fourth year in a row that MidAmerican Energy has earned the honor.

Market Strategies International awarded MidAmerican Energy the environmental dedication honor. Market Strategies’ award is based on its Cogent Reports study of more than 62,000 customers among 131 of the nation's largest residential gas and electric utility providers.

“As we celebrate Earth Day, we are honored to see that our customers have recognized MidAmerican Energy’s environmental commitment four years in a row,” Adam Wright, MidAmerican Energy President and CEO, said. “Environmental respect is one of our company’s core principles, so it’s nice to see our employees receive this award for their thoughtful approach and dedication to being good stewards of the environment.”

The study ranks companies based on consumer ratings of five critical environmental attributes: promoting clean energy, enabling consumption management, facilitating environmental causes, encouraging environmentally friendly fleets and buildings, and consistently seeking ways to protect the environment.

“MidAmerican Energy is working toward a 100 percent renewable energy vision,” Wright said. “We’re helping create a cleaner environment for our customers, communities and future generations while keeping their energy costs low.”

Tree Line USA Award
Separately, earlier this month MidAmerican Energy earned the Tree Line USA Award for its commitment to tree planting, proper tree pruning and care. It’s the 17th consecutive year that MidAmerican Energy earned the honor.

The Arbor Day Foundation and National Association of State Foresters annually recognize public and private utilities for protecting and enhancing urban trees. The foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources presented MidAmerican Energy the award.

To receive the award, a utility must meet five minimum requirements, including quality tree care, annual worker training, tree planting and public education, a tree-based energy conservation program, and an annual Arbor Day celebration.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (April 13, 2018) – With severe weather looming in the weekend forecast, MidAmerican Energy Company reminds customers they can receive real-time alerts on service impacts in their area.

At MidAmerican Energy's website, customers can log in to the “My Account” link and register to receive text alerts or email messages about an outage, when crews are projected to work in the area impacted by the storm and ultimately when service is restored.

“The time to prepare for a power outage is before it happens,” Michael Gehringer, vice president of customer operations for MidAmerican Energy, said. “Whether it’s a thunderstorm, tornado or a blizzard that affects your power, MidAmerican Energy will work quickly and safely to restore it.”

Notify MidAmerican Energy if a power outage occurs in your area
If you are a MidAmerican Energy customer and your power goes out, notify the company as soon as possible to help crews pinpoint impacted areas and restore service more quickly. Customers can report the outage online or call 800-799-4443.

Account information available 24/7 online, from desktops, tablets and smartphones
MidAmerican Energy wants to make it easy to connect with the company. My Account, where customers sign up for outage alerts, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to signing up for notifications, customers can track information on their energy use, pay bills and view payment history, among other activities. Customers can easily create a My Account online by entering basic information, such as an account number.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (March 30, 2018) – Customers of MidAmerican Energy will benefit from the new tax law passed late last year through lower energy rates both now and in the future. Changes to the federal corporate income tax code lower the tax rate that MidAmerican Energy pays from 35 to 21 percent, which means customers will pay lower energy bills. In a filing with the Iowa Utilities Board yesterday, MidAmerican Energy proposed to return 100 percent of the savings from the income tax rate change to customers through lower bills. Iowa customers will get the savings, totaling $42 million for 2018, through a credit on monthly bills.

“We are proud to serve our customers every day by delivering reliable and affordable energy in a balanced and sustainable way,” said Adam Wright, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy. “MidAmerican Energy realized savings from the lower corporate tax rate, and those savings will be passed on to our customers.”

In its IUB filing, MidAmerican Energy also proposed to use other tax-related benefits resulting from tax reform for the future to reduce the need for price increases. The company will create an account to capture these benefits which will reduce the size or need for a future rate case – fulfilling MidAmerican’s goal of keeping rates low well into the future.

The IUB issued an order on February 27 requiring rate-regulated utilities to file proposals detailing how they would provide customers with the benefits realized from the federal tax rate reduction. Under the proposal submitted by MidAmerican Energy, if approved by the IUB, customers will start to see savings beginning with their May monthly bill.

MidAmerican Energy has already received approval in Illinois to begin providing the tax benefits to customers in April, and will soon file plans with South Dakota regulators to return tax reduction benefits to its customers in that state as well.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (March 26, 2018) – Iowa’s annual winter energy assistance moratorium that prevents low-income eligible customers from being disconnected for non-payment ends April 1.

MidAmerican Energy Company urges customers who are behind on their utility bills to contact the company as soon as possible to discuss their options.

“We recognize that financial hardships can impact anyone,” Michael Gehringer, vice president of customer operations for MidAmerican Energy, said. “That’s why we want to talk to our customers who have fallen behind in paying their MidAmerican Energy bills, because utility disconnection is a last resort,” Gehringer added. “We work with our customers to understand their particular circumstance and provide a payment solution that works for them.”

Help through LIHEAP program
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) establishes an annual gas and electric shutoff moratorium from November 1 to April 1 for LIHEAP-eligible customers.

Iowa customers who need financial assistance with utility bills should contact their local community action agency before April 30 to determine if they qualify for LIHEAP.

Help through MidAmerican Energy's I CARE program
MidAmerican Energy’s I CARE program combines customer donations with a 25 percent company match, to help pay utility bills for eligible low-income customers. I CARE donations stay in the local area from where they are received and go to community agencies that assist low-income customers.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (March 9, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company today dispatched 78 employees to Rye, New York, to help utility crews restore power after two major winter storms in a week initially left 200,000 people without electricity.

As of Friday afternoon, New York-based energy company Con Edison reported nearly 13,000 customers still without power.

MidAmerican Energy’s response follows Con Edison’s mutual aid request. Over the past week Con Edison crews have worked around the clock responding to damage caused by two nor’easters. Forecasters warn that a third major storm could threaten the area early next week.

On Friday morning, MidAmerican Energy sent caravans of 62 lineworkers and 16 support staff from across its service area – including operations managers and supervisors, safety supervisors, engineering technicians and mechanics – to help repair infrastructure and restore electrical service. The crews are expected to arrive in Rye, near New York City, on Saturday.

“These were extraordinary back-to-back winter storms that impacted residents, heavily damaged the area’s infrastructure, and put huge burdens on crews working around the clock to restore electricity,” Adam Wright, MidAmerican Energy’s President and CEO, said. “Our crews will do what they do best, which is work hard and work safely to assist those who need our help the most. I’m proud – but not surprised – that our employees answered the call.”

Con Edison reports that 2,000 company and mutual aid workers are restoring electricity. Recovery efforts are expected to continue for at least several days.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.