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DES MOINES, Iowa – (Oct. 16, 2017) – As winter approaches, MidAmerican Energy Company is reminding customers that applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are being accepted now in Iowa for the elderly and disabled. All other qualified individuals can begin applying Nov. 1.

LIHEAP is a federally funded energy assistance program designed to help low-income families who are having trouble paying their heating bills. Last year, approximately 36,000 households in Iowa received benefits from LIHEAP. The average payment was $440 per household.

“Winters in the Midwest are always unpredictable, and wondering if you can keep up with your energy bills doesn’t help,” said Kathryn Kunert, vice president of economic connections and integration for MidAmerican Energy. “If any customers worry about challenges paying their bills this winter, we encourage them to apply for LIHEAP or get in touch with us to learn about our payment options. We want to make sure every customer who has questions about their energy bills and costs going into winter contacts us to get the answers and help they need.”

LIHEAP funds are received in the form of a grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Community action agencies in Iowa review applications and administer the funds. Grants are determined based on household income, household size, type of primary heating fuel, type of housing and other factors to ensure households with the greatest need receive the highest level of assistance. To be eligible, the total household income for an applicant in Iowa must be at or below 175% of the 2017 federal poverty guidelines. For example, a single-person household can qualify with an annual gross income of $21,105 and a family of four can qualify with an annual gross income of $43,050.

Customers are encouraged to sign up early for LIHEAP to ensure they receive the assistance they need. LIHEAP application forms are available at any community action agency. For more information visit https://humanrights.iowa.gov/dcaa/liheap.

What if you don’t qualify for LIHEAP?

MidAmerican Energy customers who are not eligible for LIHEAP but are having difficulties managing their energy bills should call MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 to discuss the company’s many payment and billing options, including Budget Billing. Budget Billing spreads your annual energy costs out evenly throughout the year, so you pay the same amount each month. While Budget Billing is not a discount program and does not lower rates, it does offer the convenience of a consistent, predictable bill.

Want to help someone stay warm this winter?

Customers who want to help those in need stay warm this winter can donate to MidAmerican Energy’s I CARE program.

I CARE raises funds for local community action agencies to assist customers who qualify for LIHEAP. I CARE funds come from customer donations, with a 25% match from MidAmerican Energy. Every dollar given goes directly toward providing assistance to those in need; none of the funds are used by the company. Donations are tax-deductible and stay within the benefactor’s community.

Giving to I CARE is as simple as adding a dollar amount to your monthly MidAmerican Energy bill and noting on the bill stub or online the overpayment should be applied to I CARE. Customers can also contribute by filling out an online pledge form to make a one-time or recurring donation.

In addition to I CARE, individuals wanting to support a family member, friend or neighbor in need can make a payment directly to that customer’s account by calling MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632. Payments can be made anonymously or MidAmerican Energy can send the recipient a gift receipt. There is no charge to either the giver or receiver for this service.

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 www.MidAmericanEnergy.com.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Oct. 5, 2017) – MidAmerican Energy Company’s customers have recognized the company’s ongoing commitment to deliver an exceptional customer experience. Based on customer responses, the company ranked No. 1 in the Midwest Large segment for overall customer satisfaction among natural gas companies for the third consecutive year, according to the J.D. Power Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study.

Overall residential customer satisfaction was measured by examining six factors: safety and reliability; billing and payment; price; corporate citizenship; communications; and customer service.

“Our culture is Customer First, so having our customers recognize us as the best is a tremendous compliment,” said Adam Wright, MidAmerican Energy vice president of gas delivery. “Our employees are committed to providing this essential service in a safe, reliable and affordable fashion, and they deserve the credit for this excellent result.”

In the J.D. Power study, MidAmerican Energy received a score of 767 on a 1,000-point scale – a 36-point improvement from last year. This score ranks the company No. 5 among 85 natural gas companies nationally on overall customer satisfaction. Results of the study were based on more than 61,000 online interviews conducted between September 2016 and July 2017 among residential customers of 85 large and midsize natural gas companies in the U.S.

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 – (Sept. 21, 2017) – MidAmerican Energy Company is set to upgrade hundreds of its older wind turbines, bringing additional wind energy and cost savings to Iowa customers. The equipment upgrades will move MidAmerican Energy closer to its vision of providing renewable energy equal to 100% of its customers’ annual energy use.

MidAmerican Energy recently received approval from the Iowa Utilities Board for a plan that will allow the company to repower a portion of its older wind fleet to make the turbines more efficient and productive. The outcome is good for MidAmerican Energy’s customers and for Iowa.

Under the plan, many of MidAmerican Energy’s older General Electric wind turbines will be retrofitted with newer, more efficient components, including longer blades, to extend the life of the turbines. These changes will increase the amount of clean, safe, affordable and reliable energy serving Iowa customers.

“We’re excited to take this next step in our journey toward our 100% Renewable Energy Vision,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy. “Repowering our older wind turbines brings us closer to achieving that vision in a way that provides both economic and environmental benefits to our customers and the state of Iowa. In 2021 when both our repowering and Wind XI projects are complete, we expect to generate renewable energy equal to 95% of our Iowa retail customers’ annual use.”

Because energy generated from wind has no fuel costs, the repowering project will reduce the costs associated with generating electricity from other sources, which helps keep energy costs low and stable for MidAmerican Energy’s Iowa customers. With the extended life of the wind turbines, landowners at the repowering sites will continue to receive lease payments for a longer period and counties will receive tax revenue for an extended period.

MidAmerican Energy has entered into definitive agreements with GE to complete the upgrades.

“We are delighted to work with MidAmerican Energy to repower their turbines,” said Pete McCabe, president and CEO, Onshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy. “Repowering is an affordable way to increase the efficiency and output of turbines, improving reliability and extending the life of the turbines through the evolution of and advancements in technology.”

Beginning in 2017, wind turbines will be repowered at the Century wind farm in Wright and Hamilton counties, the Victory wind farm in Crawford and Carroll counties, and the Intrepid wind farm in Buena Vista and Sac counties. Additional work sites and schedules will be announced at a later date.

As with the $3.6 billion, 2,000-megawatt Wind XI project announced in 2016, MidAmerican Energy is not asking for an increase in customer rates or for financial assistance from the state to pay for repowering.



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 – (Sept. 15, 2017) – MidAmerican Energy Company has sent 34 additional employees to Macon, Ga., to assist in Hurricane Irma restoration efforts. The company has now sent 290 total employees and contractors to the affected areas.

The crews departed Iowa Wednesday and began restoration efforts in Macon early Friday morning. Their fellow MidAmerican Energy workers are already deployed in Titusville, Fla. and elsewhere in Florida, working to make repairs and restore power as safely and efficiently as possible. The teams from MidAmerican Energy are expected to be on site for at least two weeks.

“We recognize that restoring electric service is critical to those affected by the storm, and we are glad we can provide assistance and support to help make the impacted areas livable again,” said Jim Dougherty, vice president of electric delivery. “When we receive requests to respond to restorations in other service territories, we evaluate our staffing levels and our customers’ needs so we can ensure our customers will continue to receive safe, reliable energy service.”

Altogether, several million customers in the Southeast have been affected by electric outages due to the massive storm, which made landfall in Florida last week. Tens of thousands of workers have come from across the country to assist in the ongoing restoration effort.

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 – (Sept. 14, 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.

The program is a partnership initiative that promotes long-term energy and natural resource conservation through tree planting. 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 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. A variety of shade trees, low-growing ornamental trees and conifers are being offered. Order formscan be downloaded from the company’s website.

“Encouraging residents to plant trees around their homes is an effective way to promote energy efficiency and environmental beautification,” said Chuck Rea, 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 Oct. 5 in Sioux City, Oct. 12 in Waukee, Oct. 14 in Eddyville, Oct. 18 in Grimes and Oct. 21 in Des Moines. The Waukee and Eddyville locations are new additions to the Plant Some Shade program in 2017.

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. “Fall 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.



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 – (September 8, 2017) – Today, MidAmerican Energy Company sent more than 250 employees and contractors to Florida to be in place and prepared to help repair utility infrastructure and restore power in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which is expected to make landfall in the U.S. this weekend.

In conjunction with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Locals 109 and 499, MidAmerican Energy is releasing 90 electric line workers including contractors, 16 support staff and 150 contract tree trimmers. These employees and contractors are coming from across MidAmerican Energy’s service territory to lend their assistance, and they are expected to be there for several weeks.

“A storm of this size and magnitude will cause widespread devastation to utility infrastructure, and the restoration effort will require help from across the nation,” said James Dougherty, vice president of electric delivery for MidAmerican Energy. “We are well-prepared and pleased to honor requests for assistance when a natural disaster or severe, widespread weather event occurs. We take our responsibilities as a provider of essential energy services very seriously and understand the importance of helping restore power safely and effectively in any situation.”

“IBEW Locals 109 and 499 and their members are proud to be part of these critical efforts to help those impacted by Hurricane Irma,” said Randy Phillips, IBEW Local 499 business manager, and Tim Wolfe, IBEW Local 109 business manager, in a joint statement. “These highly skilled professionals will work safely and efficiently to restore energy services and help the area return to normal, and we look forward to their safe return home when their work in the restoration effort is complete.”

MidAmerican Energy’s commitment to customer service will not be impacted as local crews will have expanded hours and will be securing additional resources to minimize the impact on existing projects when responding to mutual assistance requests; the company is fully prepared to continue to provide the safe, reliable energy services its customers rely on.


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 – (Aug. 24, 2017) – MidAmerican Energy Company will power the Iowa Cubs’ Aug. 25 game against Memphis with clean, renewable wind energy, marking the second year a Green Game has been held at Principal Park in Des Moines.

MidAmerican Energy is sponsoring the game by donating renewable energy credits from its Pomeroy wind farm, located in Pocahontas and Calhoun counties in Iowa, to certify 100 percent of the electricity used during the game as renewable energy.

“This year’s Green Game gives fans a chance to learn more about wind energy and the benefits it offers customers, communities, the environment and the state’s economy,” said Spencer Moore, vice president of generation for MidAmerican Energy.

Videos showing the construction of MidAmerican Energy wind turbines will play on the big screen at Principal Park during pre-game activities. Louie the Lightning Bug, MidAmerican Energy’s safety mascot, will join Cubbie Bear in a variety of activities, including throwing out the first pitch.

“MidAmerican Energy is a long-time supporter of the Iowa Cubs, and we’re proud to partner with them once again to bring greater awareness to the benefits of wind energy,” said Sam Bernabe, president and general manager of the Iowa Cubs. “We’re looking forward to a fun and informative evening for all Cubs fans in attendance.”

At the Green Game, the Iowa Cubs will also show off the state-of-the-art LED lights that were installed at Principal Park this season. The new energy-efficient lights provide better visibility for players and fans.

MidAmerican Energy owns and operates more wind turbines than any other regulated energy company in the nation. Earlier this year, the company began construction on the first two sites of its Wind XI project. The project will add 2,000 megawatts of additional wind generation in Iowa by the end of 2019. When Wind XI is complete, MidAmerican Energy will produce wind energy equivalent to approximately 90 percent of its Iowa customers’ annual energy usage, bringing the company even closer to its 100 percent renewable energy vision.

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 www.MidAmericanEnergy.com.

DES MOINES, Iowa – (Oct. 16, 2017) – As winter approaches, MidAmerican Energy Company is reminding customers that applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are being accepted now in Iowa for the elderly and disabled. All other qualified individuals can begin applying Nov. 1.

LIHEAP is a federally funded energy assistance program designed to help low-income families who are having trouble paying their heating bills. Last year, approximately 36,000 households in Iowa received benefits from LIHEAP. The average payment was $440 per household.

“Winters in the Midwest are always unpredictable, and wondering if you can keep up with your energy bills doesn’t help,” said Kathryn Kunert, vice president of economic connections and integration for MidAmerican Energy. “If any customers worry about challenges paying their bills this winter, we encourage them to apply for LIHEAP or get in touch with us to learn about our payment options. We want to make sure every customer who has questions about their energy bills and costs going into winter contacts us to get the answers and help they need.”

LIHEAP funds are received in the form of a grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Community action agencies in Iowa review applications and administer the funds. Grants are determined based on household income, household size, type of primary heating fuel, type of housing and other factors to ensure households with the greatest need receive the highest level of assistance. To be eligible, the total household income for an applicant in Iowa must be at or below 175% of the 2017 federal poverty guidelines. For example, a single-person household can qualify with an annual gross income of $21,105 and a family of four can qualify with an annual gross income of $43,050.

Customers are encouraged to sign up early for LIHEAP to ensure they receive the assistance they need. LIHEAP application forms are available at any community action agency. For more information visit https://humanrights.iowa.gov/dcaa/liheap.

What if you don’t qualify for LIHEAP?

MidAmerican Energy customers who are not eligible for LIHEAP but are having difficulties managing their energy bills should call MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 to discuss the company’s many payment and billing options, including Budget Billing. Budget Billing spreads your annual energy costs out evenly throughout the year, so you pay the same amount each month. While Budget Billing is not a discount program and does not lower rates, it does offer the convenience of a consistent, predictable bill.

Want to help someone stay warm this winter?

Customers who want to help those in need stay warm this winter can donate to MidAmerican Energy’s I CARE program.

I CARE raises funds for local community action agencies to assist customers who qualify for LIHEAP. I CARE funds come from customer donations, with a 25% match from MidAmerican Energy. Every dollar given goes directly toward providing assistance to those in need; none of the funds are used by the company. Donations are tax-deductible and stay within the benefactor’s community.

Giving to I CARE is as simple as adding a dollar amount to your monthly MidAmerican Energy bill and noting on the bill stub or online the overpayment should be applied to I CARE. Customers can also contribute by filling out an online pledge form to make a one-time or recurring donation.

In addition to I CARE, individuals wanting to support a family member, friend or neighbor in need can make a payment directly to that customer’s account by calling MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632. Payments can be made anonymously or MidAmerican Energy can send the recipient a gift receipt. There is no charge to either the giver or receiver for this service.

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 www.MidAmericanEnergy.com.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Oct. 5, 2017) – MidAmerican Energy Company’s customers have recognized the company’s ongoing commitment to deliver an exceptional customer experience. Based on customer responses, the company ranked No. 1 in the Midwest Large segment for overall customer satisfaction among natural gas companies for the third consecutive year, according to the J.D. Power Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study.

Overall residential customer satisfaction was measured by examining six factors: safety and reliability; billing and payment; price; corporate citizenship; communications; and customer service.

“Our culture is Customer First, so having our customers recognize us as the best is a tremendous compliment,” said Adam Wright, MidAmerican Energy vice president of gas delivery. “Our employees are committed to providing this essential service in a safe, reliable and affordable fashion, and they deserve the credit for this excellent result.”

In the J.D. Power study, MidAmerican Energy received a score of 767 on a 1,000-point scale – a 36-point improvement from last year. This score ranks the company No. 5 among 85 natural gas companies nationally on overall customer satisfaction. Results of the study were based on more than 61,000 online interviews conducted between September 2016 and July 2017 among residential customers of 85 large and midsize natural gas companies in the U.S.

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 – (Sept. 21, 2017) – MidAmerican Energy Company is set to upgrade hundreds of its older wind turbines, bringing additional wind energy and cost savings to Iowa customers. The equipment upgrades will move MidAmerican Energy closer to its vision of providing renewable energy equal to 100% of its customers’ annual energy use.

MidAmerican Energy recently received approval from the Iowa Utilities Board for a plan that will allow the company to repower a portion of its older wind fleet to make the turbines more efficient and productive. The outcome is good for MidAmerican Energy’s customers and for Iowa.

Under the plan, many of MidAmerican Energy’s older General Electric wind turbines will be retrofitted with newer, more efficient components, including longer blades, to extend the life of the turbines. These changes will increase the amount of clean, safe, affordable and reliable energy serving Iowa customers.

“We’re excited to take this next step in our journey toward our 100% Renewable Energy Vision,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy. “Repowering our older wind turbines brings us closer to achieving that vision in a way that provides both economic and environmental benefits to our customers and the state of Iowa. In 2021 when both our repowering and Wind XI projects are complete, we expect to generate renewable energy equal to 95% of our Iowa retail customers’ annual use.”

Because energy generated from wind has no fuel costs, the repowering project will reduce the costs associated with generating electricity from other sources, which helps keep energy costs low and stable for MidAmerican Energy’s Iowa customers. With the extended life of the wind turbines, landowners at the repowering sites will continue to receive lease payments for a longer period and counties will receive tax revenue for an extended period.

MidAmerican Energy has entered into definitive agreements with GE to complete the upgrades.

“We are delighted to work with MidAmerican Energy to repower their turbines,” said Pete McCabe, president and CEO, Onshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy. “Repowering is an affordable way to increase the efficiency and output of turbines, improving reliability and extending the life of the turbines through the evolution of and advancements in technology.”

Beginning in 2017, wind turbines will be repowered at the Century wind farm in Wright and Hamilton counties, the Victory wind farm in Crawford and Carroll counties, and the Intrepid wind farm in Buena Vista and Sac counties. Additional work sites and schedules will be announced at a later date.

As with the $3.6 billion, 2,000-megawatt Wind XI project announced in 2016, MidAmerican Energy is not asking for an increase in customer rates or for financial assistance from the state to pay for repowering.



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 – (Sept. 15, 2017) – MidAmerican Energy Company has sent 34 additional employees to Macon, Ga., to assist in Hurricane Irma restoration efforts. The company has now sent 290 total employees and contractors to the affected areas.

The crews departed Iowa Wednesday and began restoration efforts in Macon early Friday morning. Their fellow MidAmerican Energy workers are already deployed in Titusville, Fla. and elsewhere in Florida, working to make repairs and restore power as safely and efficiently as possible. The teams from MidAmerican Energy are expected to be on site for at least two weeks.

“We recognize that restoring electric service is critical to those affected by the storm, and we are glad we can provide assistance and support to help make the impacted areas livable again,” said Jim Dougherty, vice president of electric delivery. “When we receive requests to respond to restorations in other service territories, we evaluate our staffing levels and our customers’ needs so we can ensure our customers will continue to receive safe, reliable energy service.”

Altogether, several million customers in the Southeast have been affected by electric outages due to the massive storm, which made landfall in Florida last week. Tens of thousands of workers have come from across the country to assist in the ongoing restoration effort.

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 – (Sept. 14, 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.

The program is a partnership initiative that promotes long-term energy and natural resource conservation through tree planting. 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 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. A variety of shade trees, low-growing ornamental trees and conifers are being offered. Order formscan be downloaded from the company’s website.

“Encouraging residents to plant trees around their homes is an effective way to promote energy efficiency and environmental beautification,” said Chuck Rea, 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 Oct. 5 in Sioux City, Oct. 12 in Waukee, Oct. 14 in Eddyville, Oct. 18 in Grimes and Oct. 21 in Des Moines. The Waukee and Eddyville locations are new additions to the Plant Some Shade program in 2017.

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. “Fall 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.



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 – (September 8, 2017) – Today, MidAmerican Energy Company sent more than 250 employees and contractors to Florida to be in place and prepared to help repair utility infrastructure and restore power in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which is expected to make landfall in the U.S. this weekend.

In conjunction with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Locals 109 and 499, MidAmerican Energy is releasing 90 electric line workers including contractors, 16 support staff and 150 contract tree trimmers. These employees and contractors are coming from across MidAmerican Energy’s service territory to lend their assistance, and they are expected to be there for several weeks.

“A storm of this size and magnitude will cause widespread devastation to utility infrastructure, and the restoration effort will require help from across the nation,” said James Dougherty, vice president of electric delivery for MidAmerican Energy. “We are well-prepared and pleased to honor requests for assistance when a natural disaster or severe, widespread weather event occurs. We take our responsibilities as a provider of essential energy services very seriously and understand the importance of helping restore power safely and effectively in any situation.”

“IBEW Locals 109 and 499 and their members are proud to be part of these critical efforts to help those impacted by Hurricane Irma,” said Randy Phillips, IBEW Local 499 business manager, and Tim Wolfe, IBEW Local 109 business manager, in a joint statement. “These highly skilled professionals will work safely and efficiently to restore energy services and help the area return to normal, and we look forward to their safe return home when their work in the restoration effort is complete.”

MidAmerican Energy’s commitment to customer service will not be impacted as local crews will have expanded hours and will be securing additional resources to minimize the impact on existing projects when responding to mutual assistance requests; the company is fully prepared to continue to provide the safe, reliable energy services its customers rely on.


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 – (Aug. 24, 2017) – MidAmerican Energy Company will power the Iowa Cubs’ Aug. 25 game against Memphis with clean, renewable wind energy, marking the second year a Green Game has been held at Principal Park in Des Moines.

MidAmerican Energy is sponsoring the game by donating renewable energy credits from its Pomeroy wind farm, located in Pocahontas and Calhoun counties in Iowa, to certify 100 percent of the electricity used during the game as renewable energy.

“This year’s Green Game gives fans a chance to learn more about wind energy and the benefits it offers customers, communities, the environment and the state’s economy,” said Spencer Moore, vice president of generation for MidAmerican Energy.

Videos showing the construction of MidAmerican Energy wind turbines will play on the big screen at Principal Park during pre-game activities. Louie the Lightning Bug, MidAmerican Energy’s safety mascot, will join Cubbie Bear in a variety of activities, including throwing out the first pitch.

“MidAmerican Energy is a long-time supporter of the Iowa Cubs, and we’re proud to partner with them once again to bring greater awareness to the benefits of wind energy,” said Sam Bernabe, president and general manager of the Iowa Cubs. “We’re looking forward to a fun and informative evening for all Cubs fans in attendance.”

At the Green Game, the Iowa Cubs will also show off the state-of-the-art LED lights that were installed at Principal Park this season. The new energy-efficient lights provide better visibility for players and fans.

MidAmerican Energy owns and operates more wind turbines than any other regulated energy company in the nation. Earlier this year, the company began construction on the first two sites of its Wind XI project. The project will add 2,000 megawatts of additional wind generation in Iowa by the end of 2019. When Wind XI is complete, MidAmerican Energy will produce wind energy equivalent to approximately 90 percent of its Iowa customers’ annual energy usage, bringing the company even closer to its 100 percent renewable energy vision.

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 www.MidAmericanEnergy.com.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Aug. 10, 2017) – MidAmerican Energy Company invites fairgoers to stop by its Visitors Center at the Iowa State Fair to learn more about its renewable energy efforts and programs that can help save customers energy and money.

Located under the wind turbine on Exposition Hill, MidAmerican Energy’s Visitors Center will host Energy Smart Kids Day today and Aug. 19. The first 2,000 kids to visit MidAmerican Energy’s Visitors Center those days will receive a free drawstring bag printed with energy-saving tips.

Student-built robots will roam MidAmerican Energy’s Visitors Center on Aug. 11, 12 and 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as FIRST Tech Challenge students display and operate their creations. FIRST Tech Challenge is a robotics program that combines the spirit of competition with science and technology. Students build robots, while engaging in science, technology, engineering and math. Through FIRST Tech Challenge, MidAmerican Energy supports and encourages students to pursue STEM education and STEM-related careers by sponsoring several teams across its service area every year.

For some hair-raising Iowa State Fair fun, join the staff of the Science Center of Iowa for “Simply Electrifying!” demonstrations in the Visitors Center on Aug. 14, 15 and 18 at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

Louie the Lightning Bug will welcome visitors at noon every Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Fair. Louie will be joined by his friend Gabby the Groundhog of Iowa One Call on Aug. 11 at 1 p.m. to help fairgoers remember the importance of calling “811” to locate underground utility lines before digging around their homes.

Once again, free reusable tote bags printed with energy-saving tips will be handed out to attendees every day of the Fair.

MidAmerican Energy’s Visitors Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Geothermal energy helps keep the Visitors Center cool during the Fair. The outside of the Visitors Center is retrofitted with LED screens that will broadcast videos about wind energy and energy efficiency tips, informational messaging and events taking place on the MidAmerican Energy Stage, which is located directly across the street from the Visitors Center.

For the latest updates during the Iowa State Fair, follow MidAmerican Energy on Facebook and Twitter.

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 – (July 20, 2017) – As temperatures rise, so can energy use. As a result of this week’s hot weather, MidAmerican Energy is issuing a peak alert and encouraging customers to conserve energy today and Friday.

Peak alerts are issued when temperatures hit the mid to high 90s and electricity use is expected to be at or near maximum levels.

MidAmerican Energy has sufficient generating capacity to handle extreme summer temperatures, plus a reserve margin. However, during a peak alert, customers are asked to take simple steps to lower their electricity usage, which can help reduce demand and save money on their electric bills. To follow are five ways people can reduce their energy usage:

1. Wait till sundown: Limit clothes drying, baking and other heat-producing work with appliances to the morning hours or after 7 p.m.

2. Dial up: Setting your thermostat a few degrees higher can make a big difference – reducing electrical usage 3 to 5 percent for each degree. A setting of 78 degrees will keep you comfortable when it is more than 90 degrees outside. If you are not at home during the day, close the house and turn off the air conditioner.

3. Use fans: Fans use less energy than air conditioners and can boost the comfort from an air conditioner, increasing its efficiency. Use ceiling and portable fans to better circulate cool air throughout your home. Reverse the normal direction of ceiling fans to pull cool air up from the floor. Ventilate your attic with a thermostatically controlled fan.

4. Trim foliage outside: Keep your air conditioner unit clear of grass, weeds and shrubs. This will keep your air conditioner unit from working too hard.

5. Block sun: Close drapes, particularly those on west and south windows, to shut out direct sunlight.

MidAmerican Energy also reminds customers to be safe during times of extreme heat and provide support to elderly neighbors, family members and friends who do not have an air conditioner. Customers without an air conditioner can also visit a public place such as a mall or library to find relief.

For more energy-saving tips, visit 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 – (June 29, 2017) – Iowa drivers are quick to move over for flashing red and blue lights on vehicles such as police cars, firetrucks or ambulances. Now they also need to be on the lookout for flashing amber lights on utility vehicles as well as garbage and tow trucks.

Effective July 1, Iowa law requires motorists to change lanes or slow down when approaching stationary utility and maintenance vehicles with flashing lights activated. Across the country, all states have “move over” laws, but only 12 states specifically protect utility service vehicles.

This expanded law is designed to protect motorists and Iowa’s utility workers who are at high risk while performing their duties on Iowa’s roadways. Motorists can face penalties for violating the law, such as receiving traffic tickets or having their driver’s license revoked.

Starting today, Alliant Energy, the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, ITC Midwest and MidAmerican Energy are launching a public awareness effort to educate drivers about the Move Over or Slow Down law as it pertains to utility vehicles.

To raise awareness for the campaign, the collaborative group is asking Iowa motorists to sign an online pledge, which can be found at www.MoveOverIowa.com, vowing to move over or slow down when approaching stationary emergency, maintenance or utility vehicles that have activated flashing lights.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has also voiced her support of the awareness effort.

“The Move Over or Slow Down campaign reminds drivers to be cautious when approaching utility vehicles,” Gov. Reynolds said. “It might seem like common sense, but many drivers don’t know about the penalties they could face for failing to obey the law. More importantly though, many drivers don’t realize the danger that passing utility areas without moving over or slowing down causes for both utility workers and themselves.”

For more information about the campaign or to take the pledge, visit www.MoveOverIowa.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.