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DES MOINES, Iowa – (April 25, 2017) – When it came time to plan the 108th Annual Drake Relays, presented by Hy-Vee, organizers had one last hurdle to clear – keeping the lights on without worrying about the environmental impact. Fortunately, MidAmerican Energy Company is the perfect partner to help run the Relays.

Drake University will use renewable energy certificates donated from MidAmerican Energy’s Pomeroy wind farm, located in Pocahontas and Calhoun counties in Iowa, to offset 100% of the electricity the Relays will use. This is the fourth-straight year MidAmerican Energy has partnered with Drake to deliver clean energy to the Relays.

“We’re pleased to again join with our partners at MidAmerican Energy to have the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee powered by renewable energy produced right here in Iowa,” said Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays. “Every year, the Drake Relays brings the finest professional, collegiate and Iowa high school athletes to Drake Stadium and we’re proud that MidAmerican Energy will use their renewable energy to shine a light on those stellar athletes and their performances during the four days of competition at the Drake Relays.”

“We’re proud to continue providing clean, renewable energy for our friends at the Drake Relays,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy. “Also, our presence at the Drake Relays gives fans a chance to ‘discus’ all the ways wind energy can benefit them.”

When it comes to wind energy, MidAmerican Energy sets the bar higher. MidAmerican Energy recently announced the first two sites for the Wind XI development, a $3.6 billion investment which when completed will bring 2,000 more megawatts of wind energy generation to the state of Iowa – without requesting an increase in customers’ rates to pay for it. This project gets MidAmerican Energy even closer to the finish line of its vision of 100% renewable energy for customers in the seats at Drake Stadium and across the service territory.

Go Blue! Be Green!

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 Olympic 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 107 runnings, witnessing 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 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 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 via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (April 19, 2017) – The annual Earth Day celebration on April 22 is a perfect time for customers to embrace lifestyle changes that improve the health of the planet. One easy change that saves energy and cuts greenhouse gases is replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs. But consumers need to be aware that not all LEDs are created equal.

“We’re excited so many customers are making the switch to LEDs,” said Tina Yoder, director, energy efficiency for MidAmerican Energy Company. “But it’s important for them to know that just picking a bulb marked ‘LED’ isn’t enough. To get the best bulb at a great price, they need to look for two things: the ENERGY STAR product label and the Be Bright logo.”

The ENERGY STAR label means an LED has stood up to rigorous, independent third-party testing and delivers:

  • Exceptional energy efficiency by using at least 75% less energy than an incandescent bulb and not using energy when the bulb is turned off

  • A minimum three-year warranty and life span that is up to 25 times longer than an incandescent bulb

  • Excellent color quality and light output

  • Verified compliance with more than 20 industry standards and procedures

  • UL-listing for fire safety meaning it must meet stringent Underwriters Laboratories safety standards, similar to those for smoke and CO2 detectors

Consumers will also see lower maintenance costs with ENERGY STAR certified LEDs because bulbs have an exceptionally long life and won’t break like a standard incandescent bulb. Plus, LEDs can now be used in more places than ever as they come in a wider range of sizes and colors, and are available with features such as automatic daylight shut-off, motion detection and dimming capabilities.

To encourage customers to experience the ENERGY STAR difference for themselves, MidAmerican Energy is sponsoring the Be Bright lighting program. Iowa and Illinois customers simply visit a participating retailer and look for the Be Bright label. This label means that consumers are getting an ENERGY STAR bulb at a special low price. There is no paperwork or rebate slips to deal with because the discount is built right into the retail price. ENERGY STAR makes it simple to help customers choose the best bulb, color and brightness. Learn what to look for by visiting www.energystar.gov. To learn more about the Be Bright program, or to find a participating retailer, visit www.iowabebright.com or www.illinoisbebright.com.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 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 via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (April 18, 2017) – In order to address our customers’ growing needs for safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy, MidAmerican Energy Company has completed construction on a pair of transmission lines through Henry, Knox, Mercer and Rock Island counties in Illinois. The new infrastructure enhances the ability to provide low-cost generation to the Quad Cities metro area, and it helps keep customers’ bills some of the lowest in the Midwest.

“By updating the energy grid, we can better serve our customers,” said Steve Ambrose, project manager, high-voltage transmission, for MidAmerican Energy. “The changing energy landscape means an even greater need for electricity to power our customers’ new devices, homes and large metro areas. By building new transmission lines, we can meet these demands and provide lower-cost, increasingly reliable service to our customers.”

In addition to updating the energy grid, Ambrose said the project has created economic benefits for local communities, including the use of locally made goods and services to build the project, landowner easement payments, and an increase in annual property tax payments to local counties.

The project is known as Multi-Value Project 16 and spans 33 miles in western Illinois from the Oak Grove Substation near Rock Island to a substation in Knox County, near Galesburg. MidAmerican Energy expanded the Oak Grove substation, rebuilt and doubled the capacity of a 161-kilovolt transmission line, and constructed a new 345-kilovolt transmission line. Both lines connect to the substation near Galesburg.

Although the project is substantially complete, residents in the area may still see crews working to remove materials and restore land affected by construction.

For more information, view MidAmerican Energy’s Multi-Value Project Brochure.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 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 via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (April 4, 2017) – MidAmerican Energy Company, a national leader in the development of wind energy and low electric rates, is launching the MidAmerican Energy GreenAdvantage™ program, to give customers the benefit of the green energy that is delivered to them. The new program was filed with the Iowa Utilities Board and is awaiting approval. If approved by the board, customers will be able to claim 47% renewable energy use in 2016.

“MidAmerican Energy GreenAdvantage is an important part of our 100% Renewable Vision that we announced in 2016. For years we have been developing wind to serve our Iowa customers. This program takes our vision one step further by sharing with customers the benefits of the green energy they use,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy Company.

The new MidAmerican Energy GreenAdvantage program is free to MidAmerican Energy customers but is particularly important to businesses. A significant benefit of the program is being able to claim the renewable energy produced and used in Iowa to meet sustainability goals. MidAmerican Energy customers already enjoy the ninth-lowest energy rates in the country; now, they also can claim the percentage of energy they receive from the country’s most robust renewable energy program. This percentage will grow year-over-year as the $3.6 billion Wind XI project is completed with no increase in rates thanks to MidAmerican Energy’s 100% Renewable Vision. When businesses are looking for a reason to locate or expand in areas of Iowa served by MidAmerican Energy, this free program is a true competitive advantage and elevates the value proposition of the state of Iowa and MidAmerican Energy.

“By allowing companies to take credit for renewable energy at no cost, we are making Iowa a unique choice for business growth,” said Debi Durham, director, Iowa Economic Development Authority. “Businesses looking for cost-effective energy services derived from environmentally friendly, renewable sources can find that in Iowa when coupling MidAmerican Energy GreenAdvantage with its 100% Renewable Vision. Programs like these help make Iowa the best choice to locate or expand a business.”

As part of the MidAmerican Energy GreenAdvantage program, MidAmerican Energy has asked the Iowa Utilities Board to verify its annual production of energy delivered to its customers from clean, renewable sources, such as wind, as a percentage of total energy production. MidAmerican Energy’s customers, in turn, can promote their green energy usage to employees, customers, industry partners, stakeholders and the communities they serve.

Value of green verification
“People want to work for, invest in and do business with environmentally responsible organizations,” Fehrman said. “MidAmerican Energy provides the renewable energy those organizations can use to meet their goals with a verified, smart, efficient way to evaluate and promote their practices.” The fact that we have been able to grow the Iowa wind industry and launch this without needing any increase in customer prices to do it is a huge success for the state and its business climate.”

Economic impact
MidAmerican Energy already has worked with the state of Iowa to develop the infrastructure that supports renewable energy. MidAmerican Energy has the largest percentage of renewable energy as part of its portfolio in the country for an energy provider of its size. Renewable energy supports more than 6,000 jobs in Iowa, and the MidAmerican Energy GreenAdvantage program will create additional employment opportunities.

No-cost programs like MidAmerican Energy GreenAdvantage program help underline Iowa’s commitment to locally produced renewable resources and make it easier for companies to build and maintain a sustainable business – especially with corporations that have clean energy policies as part of their location requirements.

“Iowa is a proven leader in renewable energy, and we should leverage that,” said Durham. “MidAmerican Energy’s innovative programs highlighting access to renewable energy sources help Iowa bolster its economic development efforts.”

Information about MidAmerican Energy’s generation of renewable energy and all customer energy efficiency programs are available on the company’s website at www.midamericanenergy.com.

MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 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 via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (March 29, 2017) – The winter moratorium in Iowa ends April 1. The moratorium prevents low-income eligible customers from being disconnected for non-payment from Nov. 1 through April 1, during the coldest months of the year. MidAmerican Energy Company encourages all customers who are concerned about paying their energy bill to call them toll-free at 888-427-5632 to discuss possible payment arrangements.

“We understand that every customer’s financial situation is unique, and we want to do whatever we can to help customers get back on track,” said Terry Ousley, vice president, customer satisfaction, MidAmerican Energy. “We have a variety of payment options, can set up payment agreements, and offer budget billing. Now is also a good time for homeowners to sign up for HomeCheck®, a home energy assessment to help reduce energy use, which can lower bills.”

Customers struggling to pay their monthly energy bills are encouraged to contact their local community action agency to determine if they qualify for assistance. MidAmerican Energy’s I CARE program generates funds for local community action agencies to assist qualifying low-income customers with their bills. I CARE funds come from customer donations, with a 25 percent match from MidAmerican Energy, and all customer donations stay in the community in which they were provided. In the last year, Iowa customers contributed over $160,000 to the I CARE program to help families in need.

Unfortunately, the end of the moratorium is often a time when scammers prey on energy customers. Typically, scammers pose as energy employees and threaten to shut off power unless immediate payment is made using a pre-paid debit card (often a Green Dot card). MidAmerican Energy makes several attempts to contact customers regarding overdue bills; disconnection is a last resort, not a first step in the process. MidAmerican Energy accepts several different forms of payment and our representatives will go over all options with customers. Customers who receive a suspicious call threatening immediate disconnection should hang up and call local police and MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 to report the scam and check on the status of their account.

Visit MidAmerican Energy’s website to learn more about the company’s payment and billing options.

MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 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 via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (March 27, 2017) – The Iowa Energy will host a Go Green Night, sponsored by MidAmerican Energy, Thursday, March 30 at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

During the game, Iowa Energy players will wear special green jerseys to illustrate the importance of energy efficiency, and MidAmerican Energy will distribute reusable grocery bags and kids’ drawstring bags. Fans can stop by the MidAmerican Energy table during the game for more information on energy efficiency and rebates.

MidAmerican Energy is helping the Iowa Energy “go green” by retiring renewable energy credits generated from its Pomeroy wind farm to offset 100 percent of the electricity used during the game. This represents a reduction of approximately 81 tons of carbon dioxide emissions – roughly equivalent to the emissions produced from more than 8,200 gallons of gasoline.

In addition to the green initiatives, all active Energy players’ jerseys will be available for silent auction during Thursday’s game. The auction will conclude after the third quarter with all proceeds going to MidAmerican Energy’s I CARE program. Fans do not need to be present to win.

I CARE donates funds to local agencies to assist customers who are unemployed, living on fixed or low incomes, or experiencing a family crisis in paying their utility bills or making their homes more energy efficient. I CARE funding comes from customer donations, with a 25 percent match by MidAmerican Energy for all funds raised. All donations go directly to the agency that oversees the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in the area where the contribution originated.

Tickets to the Go Green Night are available by calling 515-564-8550, visiting www.IowaNBA.com, or by stopping by the arena box office.

MidAmerican Energy and the Iowa Energy encourage customers and fans to Save Some Green this spring by supporting the team and learning more about ways they can save energy in their homes and businesses. Information about energy efficiency programs and tips are available on MidAmerican Energy’s website. Also look for energy efficiency tips on the MidAmerican Energy and Iowa Energy social media pages, which can be accessed at www.midamericanenergy.com/ee and www.IowaNBA.com.

MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 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 via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.

Iowa Energy
Iowa Energy single game tickets are on sale starting at just $10 for the remaining 2016-17 regular season home games. 2017-18 season tickets are also on sale starting at just $249. For more information, visit IowaNBA.com or contact the Energy at (515)-564-8550. For more information on the Energy, ‘like’ the Iowa Energy on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram (@iowaenergy).

DES MOINES, Iowa – (April 25, 2017) – When it came time to plan the 108th Annual Drake Relays, presented by Hy-Vee, organizers had one last hurdle to clear – keeping the lights on without worrying about the environmental impact. Fortunately, MidAmerican Energy Company is the perfect partner to help run the Relays.

Drake University will use renewable energy certificates donated from MidAmerican Energy’s Pomeroy wind farm, located in Pocahontas and Calhoun counties in Iowa, to offset 100% of the electricity the Relays will use. This is the fourth-straight year MidAmerican Energy has partnered with Drake to deliver clean energy to the Relays.

“We’re pleased to again join with our partners at MidAmerican Energy to have the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee powered by renewable energy produced right here in Iowa,” said Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays. “Every year, the Drake Relays brings the finest professional, collegiate and Iowa high school athletes to Drake Stadium and we’re proud that MidAmerican Energy will use their renewable energy to shine a light on those stellar athletes and their performances during the four days of competition at the Drake Relays.”

“We’re proud to continue providing clean, renewable energy for our friends at the Drake Relays,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy. “Also, our presence at the Drake Relays gives fans a chance to ‘discus’ all the ways wind energy can benefit them.”

When it comes to wind energy, MidAmerican Energy sets the bar higher. MidAmerican Energy recently announced the first two sites for the Wind XI development, a $3.6 billion investment which when completed will bring 2,000 more megawatts of wind energy generation to the state of Iowa – without requesting an increase in customers’ rates to pay for it. This project gets MidAmerican Energy even closer to the finish line of its vision of 100% renewable energy for customers in the seats at Drake Stadium and across the service territory.

Go Blue! Be Green!

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 Olympic 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 107 runnings, witnessing 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 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 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 via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (April 19, 2017) – The annual Earth Day celebration on April 22 is a perfect time for customers to embrace lifestyle changes that improve the health of the planet. One easy change that saves energy and cuts greenhouse gases is replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs. But consumers need to be aware that not all LEDs are created equal.

“We’re excited so many customers are making the switch to LEDs,” said Tina Yoder, director, energy efficiency for MidAmerican Energy Company. “But it’s important for them to know that just picking a bulb marked ‘LED’ isn’t enough. To get the best bulb at a great price, they need to look for two things: the ENERGY STAR product label and the Be Bright logo.”

The ENERGY STAR label means an LED has stood up to rigorous, independent third-party testing and delivers:

  • Exceptional energy efficiency by using at least 75% less energy than an incandescent bulb and not using energy when the bulb is turned off

  • A minimum three-year warranty and life span that is up to 25 times longer than an incandescent bulb

  • Excellent color quality and light output

  • Verified compliance with more than 20 industry standards and procedures

  • UL-listing for fire safety meaning it must meet stringent Underwriters Laboratories safety standards, similar to those for smoke and CO2 detectors

Consumers will also see lower maintenance costs with ENERGY STAR certified LEDs because bulbs have an exceptionally long life and won’t break like a standard incandescent bulb. Plus, LEDs can now be used in more places than ever as they come in a wider range of sizes and colors, and are available with features such as automatic daylight shut-off, motion detection and dimming capabilities.

To encourage customers to experience the ENERGY STAR difference for themselves, MidAmerican Energy is sponsoring the Be Bright lighting program. Iowa and Illinois customers simply visit a participating retailer and look for the Be Bright label. This label means that consumers are getting an ENERGY STAR bulb at a special low price. There is no paperwork or rebate slips to deal with because the discount is built right into the retail price. ENERGY STAR makes it simple to help customers choose the best bulb, color and brightness. Learn what to look for by visiting www.energystar.gov. To learn more about the Be Bright program, or to find a participating retailer, visit www.iowabebright.com or www.illinoisbebright.com.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 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 via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (April 18, 2017) – In order to address our customers’ growing needs for safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy, MidAmerican Energy Company has completed construction on a pair of transmission lines through Henry, Knox, Mercer and Rock Island counties in Illinois. The new infrastructure enhances the ability to provide low-cost generation to the Quad Cities metro area, and it helps keep customers’ bills some of the lowest in the Midwest.

“By updating the energy grid, we can better serve our customers,” said Steve Ambrose, project manager, high-voltage transmission, for MidAmerican Energy. “The changing energy landscape means an even greater need for electricity to power our customers’ new devices, homes and large metro areas. By building new transmission lines, we can meet these demands and provide lower-cost, increasingly reliable service to our customers.”

In addition to updating the energy grid, Ambrose said the project has created economic benefits for local communities, including the use of locally made goods and services to build the project, landowner easement payments, and an increase in annual property tax payments to local counties.

The project is known as Multi-Value Project 16 and spans 33 miles in western Illinois from the Oak Grove Substation near Rock Island to a substation in Knox County, near Galesburg. MidAmerican Energy expanded the Oak Grove substation, rebuilt and doubled the capacity of a 161-kilovolt transmission line, and constructed a new 345-kilovolt transmission line. Both lines connect to the substation near Galesburg.

Although the project is substantially complete, residents in the area may still see crews working to remove materials and restore land affected by construction.

For more information, view MidAmerican Energy’s Multi-Value Project Brochure.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 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 via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (April 4, 2017) – MidAmerican Energy Company, a national leader in the development of wind energy and low electric rates, is launching the MidAmerican Energy GreenAdvantage™ program, to give customers the benefit of the green energy that is delivered to them. The new program was filed with the Iowa Utilities Board and is awaiting approval. If approved by the board, customers will be able to claim 47% renewable energy use in 2016.

“MidAmerican Energy GreenAdvantage is an important part of our 100% Renewable Vision that we announced in 2016. For years we have been developing wind to serve our Iowa customers. This program takes our vision one step further by sharing with customers the benefits of the green energy they use,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy Company.

The new MidAmerican Energy GreenAdvantage program is free to MidAmerican Energy customers but is particularly important to businesses. A significant benefit of the program is being able to claim the renewable energy produced and used in Iowa to meet sustainability goals. MidAmerican Energy customers already enjoy the ninth-lowest energy rates in the country; now, they also can claim the percentage of energy they receive from the country’s most robust renewable energy program. This percentage will grow year-over-year as the $3.6 billion Wind XI project is completed with no increase in rates thanks to MidAmerican Energy’s 100% Renewable Vision. When businesses are looking for a reason to locate or expand in areas of Iowa served by MidAmerican Energy, this free program is a true competitive advantage and elevates the value proposition of the state of Iowa and MidAmerican Energy.

“By allowing companies to take credit for renewable energy at no cost, we are making Iowa a unique choice for business growth,” said Debi Durham, director, Iowa Economic Development Authority. “Businesses looking for cost-effective energy services derived from environmentally friendly, renewable sources can find that in Iowa when coupling MidAmerican Energy GreenAdvantage with its 100% Renewable Vision. Programs like these help make Iowa the best choice to locate or expand a business.”

As part of the MidAmerican Energy GreenAdvantage program, MidAmerican Energy has asked the Iowa Utilities Board to verify its annual production of energy delivered to its customers from clean, renewable sources, such as wind, as a percentage of total energy production. MidAmerican Energy’s customers, in turn, can promote their green energy usage to employees, customers, industry partners, stakeholders and the communities they serve.

Value of green verification
“People want to work for, invest in and do business with environmentally responsible organizations,” Fehrman said. “MidAmerican Energy provides the renewable energy those organizations can use to meet their goals with a verified, smart, efficient way to evaluate and promote their practices.” The fact that we have been able to grow the Iowa wind industry and launch this without needing any increase in customer prices to do it is a huge success for the state and its business climate.”

Economic impact
MidAmerican Energy already has worked with the state of Iowa to develop the infrastructure that supports renewable energy. MidAmerican Energy has the largest percentage of renewable energy as part of its portfolio in the country for an energy provider of its size. Renewable energy supports more than 6,000 jobs in Iowa, and the MidAmerican Energy GreenAdvantage program will create additional employment opportunities.

No-cost programs like MidAmerican Energy GreenAdvantage program help underline Iowa’s commitment to locally produced renewable resources and make it easier for companies to build and maintain a sustainable business – especially with corporations that have clean energy policies as part of their location requirements.

“Iowa is a proven leader in renewable energy, and we should leverage that,” said Durham. “MidAmerican Energy’s innovative programs highlighting access to renewable energy sources help Iowa bolster its economic development efforts.”

Information about MidAmerican Energy’s generation of renewable energy and all customer energy efficiency programs are available on the company’s website at www.midamericanenergy.com.

MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 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 via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (March 29, 2017) – The winter moratorium in Iowa ends April 1. The moratorium prevents low-income eligible customers from being disconnected for non-payment from Nov. 1 through April 1, during the coldest months of the year. MidAmerican Energy Company encourages all customers who are concerned about paying their energy bill to call them toll-free at 888-427-5632 to discuss possible payment arrangements.

“We understand that every customer’s financial situation is unique, and we want to do whatever we can to help customers get back on track,” said Terry Ousley, vice president, customer satisfaction, MidAmerican Energy. “We have a variety of payment options, can set up payment agreements, and offer budget billing. Now is also a good time for homeowners to sign up for HomeCheck®, a home energy assessment to help reduce energy use, which can lower bills.”

Customers struggling to pay their monthly energy bills are encouraged to contact their local community action agency to determine if they qualify for assistance. MidAmerican Energy’s I CARE program generates funds for local community action agencies to assist qualifying low-income customers with their bills. I CARE funds come from customer donations, with a 25 percent match from MidAmerican Energy, and all customer donations stay in the community in which they were provided. In the last year, Iowa customers contributed over $160,000 to the I CARE program to help families in need.

Unfortunately, the end of the moratorium is often a time when scammers prey on energy customers. Typically, scammers pose as energy employees and threaten to shut off power unless immediate payment is made using a pre-paid debit card (often a Green Dot card). MidAmerican Energy makes several attempts to contact customers regarding overdue bills; disconnection is a last resort, not a first step in the process. MidAmerican Energy accepts several different forms of payment and our representatives will go over all options with customers. Customers who receive a suspicious call threatening immediate disconnection should hang up and call local police and MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 to report the scam and check on the status of their account.

Visit MidAmerican Energy’s website to learn more about the company’s payment and billing options.

MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 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 via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (March 27, 2017) – The Iowa Energy will host a Go Green Night, sponsored by MidAmerican Energy, Thursday, March 30 at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

During the game, Iowa Energy players will wear special green jerseys to illustrate the importance of energy efficiency, and MidAmerican Energy will distribute reusable grocery bags and kids’ drawstring bags. Fans can stop by the MidAmerican Energy table during the game for more information on energy efficiency and rebates.

MidAmerican Energy is helping the Iowa Energy “go green” by retiring renewable energy credits generated from its Pomeroy wind farm to offset 100 percent of the electricity used during the game. This represents a reduction of approximately 81 tons of carbon dioxide emissions – roughly equivalent to the emissions produced from more than 8,200 gallons of gasoline.

In addition to the green initiatives, all active Energy players’ jerseys will be available for silent auction during Thursday’s game. The auction will conclude after the third quarter with all proceeds going to MidAmerican Energy’s I CARE program. Fans do not need to be present to win.

I CARE donates funds to local agencies to assist customers who are unemployed, living on fixed or low incomes, or experiencing a family crisis in paying their utility bills or making their homes more energy efficient. I CARE funding comes from customer donations, with a 25 percent match by MidAmerican Energy for all funds raised. All donations go directly to the agency that oversees the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in the area where the contribution originated.

Tickets to the Go Green Night are available by calling 515-564-8550, visiting www.IowaNBA.com, or by stopping by the arena box office.

MidAmerican Energy and the Iowa Energy encourage customers and fans to Save Some Green this spring by supporting the team and learning more about ways they can save energy in their homes and businesses. Information about energy efficiency programs and tips are available on MidAmerican Energy’s website. Also look for energy efficiency tips on the MidAmerican Energy and Iowa Energy social media pages, which can be accessed at www.midamericanenergy.com/ee and www.IowaNBA.com.

MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 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 via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.

Iowa Energy
Iowa Energy single game tickets are on sale starting at just $10 for the remaining 2016-17 regular season home games. 2017-18 season tickets are also on sale starting at just $249. For more information, visit IowaNBA.com or contact the Energy at (515)-564-8550. For more information on the Energy, ‘like’ the Iowa Energy on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram (@iowaenergy).
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Feb. 23, 2017) – Iowa residential customers of MidAmerican Energy Company have the opportunity to purchase high-quality trees for only $30 through the company’s Plant Some Shade® program.

Plant Some Shade is a partnership initiative that promotes long-term energy savings and natural resource conservation through tree planting. Since the program’s start in 2004, over 44,000 trees have been purchased by more than 20,000 customers. Strategically placed deciduous trees provide shade on hot summer days, easing the cooling load on air conditioners, while conifers shield homes from blustery winter winds.

Customers can purchase up to two trees – 3- to 4-foot conifers or 5- to 8-foot landscape trees – for a discounted price of $30 each. The trees, which normally retail for $65 or more, are sold on a first-come, first-served basis; advance purchase is required. Order forms can be downloaded from the company’s website. A variety of shade trees, low-growing ornamental trees and conifers are being offered.

“Encouraging residents to plant trees around their homes is an effective way to promote energy efficiency and environmental beautification,” said Tina Yoder, MidAmerican Energy director of energy efficiency. “Trees provide year-round protection of homes from the elements, which helps our customers save energy and money.”

Plant Some Shade events for customers to pick up their trees will be held in April in Davenport, Council Bluffs and Iowa City. Pickup events in May will be held in Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Indianola.

The program is administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Forestry Bureau and implemented by numerous local partners throughout the state. “This is a wonderful opportunity for homeowners to purchase high-quality trees at an excellent price,” said Evan Miller, partnership coordinator with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “Spring is an ideal time to plant new trees. The season’s warm days and cool nights are perfect for establishment and root growth.”

For more information about the program, call 800-434-4017 or visit MidAmerican Energy’s Plant Trees, Save Energy web page.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 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 via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Feb. 2, 2017) – More than 5,000 students from schools across central Iowa will pack Wells Fargo Arena on Feb. 7 to watch the Iowa Energy take on the Oklahoma City Blue for the eighth annual Education Celebration game.

Sponsored by MidAmerican Energy, Education Celebration is a time for kids to take a break from the traditional classroom and learn through fun, interactive activities throughout the game.

“We’re proud to partner with MidAmerican Energy to offer kids in our state a unique learning experience,” said Randi Burrell, vice president of operations for the Iowa Energy. “Activities during the game will focus on a variety of different educational topics, while students get to witness sportsmanship and teamwork firsthand.”

Each student will receive a workbook with quizzes, puzzles and games that highlights the importance of energy efficiency and safety as well as anti-bullying and Black History Month. At halftime, the Science Center of Iowa will showcase how energy impacts students’ everyday lives through a demonstration called “Simply Electrifying.”

MidAmerican Energy strives to educate students on the importance of using energy wisely and safely. Its education website provides electric and natural gas safety and energy conservation materials for teachers and students Grades K-9. Topics include energy efficiency, electric and natural gas safety, and the science of electricity and natural gas.

Tickets to the Education Celebration game can be purchased by calling 515-564-8550, visiting www.IowaNBA.com, or stopping by the arena box office. The game is open to all fans. Tipoff is at 10:30 a.m.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 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 via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Jan. 19, 2017) – Known as the “silent killer,” carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, can poison people and pets when carbon-based fuels are burned incorrectly or aren’t vented properly.

“Winter is the peak time for carbon monoxide poisoning, since more people are cranking up their gas furnace, using fireplaces or woodstoves, and spending more time indoors,” said Gerald Peek, director, environmental health safety and training, for MidAmerican Energy Company. “Because you can’t see it, smell it or taste it, you may be overcome by carbon monoxide before you even realize you’ve been exposed to it.”

To help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, which kills more than 400 Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, MidAmerican Energy is offering the following safety tips:

Install at least one CO detector on each level of your home. Better yet, place one near each bedroom, one in the basement if gas appliances are located there and one near the laundry room if you have a gas dryer. If you have a plug-in CO detector, be sure it has a battery backup so that it keeps working in the event of a power outage. Change the batteries regularly and replace detectors every five years or as recommended by the manufacturer. It’s also recommended to purchase a CO detector that is certified by a national testing agency, such as Underwriters’ Laboratories.

Have your heating system and other fuel-burning appliances inspected annually. A qualified contractor can check for proper ventilation and ensure your systems are operating safely.

Periodically check vents, flues and chimneys to make sure they aren’t blocked. Chimneys can be blocked by debris, which can cause CO to back up into your home.

Never use portable generators inside homes or garages. Generators give off carbon monoxide that can quickly reach dangerous levels, even if doors and windows are left open. If you must use a portable generator as a power source, locate it far away from the house.

Beware of home heating shortcuts. If the power goes out or your furnace malfunctions, don’t bring outdoor equipment like charcoal grills, propane heaters or camp stoves indoors and don’t use your gas range or oven as a space heater. These devices can cause CO to build up in your home.

Never leave your car running inside an attached garage, even if the overhead door is open. Fumes can still build up inside the garage and seep into the house.

Also, it’s important to know the signs of CO poisoning, which include headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness. These symptoms may be confused with the flu. The key difference is the flu is often accompanied by a fever, whereas CO poisoning is not. As the concentration of CO in the bloodstream increases, you may experience vomiting, drowsiness, mental confusion and loss of muscular coordination. Exposure to high levels of CO may lead to loss of consciousness, convulsions, cardiac or respiratory failure, and ultimately, death.

If you suspect CO poisoning, get outside into fresh air immediately and call 911. For more home safety tips, visit MidAmerican Energy’s website: www.midamericanenergy.com.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 752,000 electric customers and 733,000 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 via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Jan. 13, 2017) – With freezing rain expected to affect MidAmerican Energy’s service territory beginning Sunday evening, the company is taking steps to prepare for potential power outages.

“We will have crews staged throughout our service territory and our strategic response plan in place prior to the storms arrival,” said Jim Dougherty, vice president, electric delivery, for MidAmerican Energy. “Our line mechanics, tree personnel and management team are ready and prepared to respond anytime outages occur. We appreciate the dedication of our employees who work around-the-clock to keep our customers’ heat and lights on during inclement weather.”

Freezing rain can weigh down tree branches causing them to break or fall onto power lines, resulting in outages. According to weather.com, ice can increase the weight of tree branches by 30 times, and a half-inch of ice on power lines can add 500 pounds of extra weight.

MidAmerican Energy reminds customers to stay far away from downed power lines. Touching an energized power line can be fatal. Fallen lines are most common after storms. Customers should use caution when stepping outside their home during a power outage; a downed power line may be just outside the door or hidden by brush or debris. Customers who see a downed line or tree limbs hanging on lines should call MidAmerican Energy immediately at 800-799-4443.

Additionally, the company encourages customers to prepare by assembling an emergency safety kit that includes flashlights, extra batteries, bottled water, non-perishable foods, medicines, a first aid kit and plenty of blankets and warm sweaters.

Customers can report power outages online or call MidAmerican Energy at 800-799-4443. Prior to a storm, it is a good idea to fully charge cell phones or have a battery-powered phone charger on hand to monitor restoration efforts. Outage updates can be found on MidAmerican Energy’s outage map or by following the company’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 752,000 electric customers and 733,000 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 via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.