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DES MOINES, Iowa – (Sept. 12, 2018) – Locating the source of a power outage without service crews physically inspecting electric lines and equipment can be difficult, especially during stormy weather and in darkness.

That’s why MidAmerican Energy Company is adding hundreds of smart devices to electric lines – to help restore service more quickly if an outage occurs.

The small electronic sensors, called remote fault indicators, attach to power lines. The devices instantly transmit outage and location details to MidAmerican Energy control room operators if they detect a service interruption.

“This smart grid technology helps us identify and isolate outages more quickly so we can restore service faster to minimize the impact to our customers, and supports our ongoing efforts to increase system reliability for our customers,” Jim Dougherty, MidAmerican Energy vice president of electric delivery, said.

Without the sensors, crews must often physically travel miles of roads, at times on foot for facilities that are not along roadways, to inspect power lines and locate the outage source. That process can take hours.

“When we know the cause of an outage, we can often dispatch our crews and restore service fairly quickly,” Dougherty said. “But the outage source isn’t always obvious. In many cases, our crews must inspect miles of lines, which can be difficult and take time – especially in the dark or during storms. These devices enable us to dispatch crews right to the disruption.”

Since early last year, MidAmerican Energy installed more than 200 sensors at locations in Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Fort Dodge, Des Moines, Waterloo, Iowa City and the Quad Cities, and in rural areas throughout its service territory. Based on the success and accuracy of the sensors thus far, MidAmerican Energy is in the process of installing sensors at more than 150 additional locations, which the company expects to complete next month.

“In an outage, our goal is to restore service as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible. These new sensors help us get the job done,” Dougherty said.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at midamericanenergy.com and company social media channels.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Aug. 30, 2018) – In a plan filed today with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MidAmerican Energy Company proposes a series of measures to help minimize how wind turbines may impact bald eagles and four bat species.

The company’s habitat conservation plan reflects insights gleaned from the most extensive research effort of its kind, spanning four years and covering most of MidAmerican Energy's wind fleet.

The plan aims to help protect four bat species, including two that are federally protected, by modifying nighttime wind turbine operations during certain months, and making additional operational changes at four wind farms where researchers found signs of increased bat activity in the area.

The proposed changes involve adjusting a turbine’s “cut-in” speed, or the wind speed at which a turbine begins to spin and produce energy. Studies show the adjustment can minimize bat fatalities. The changes will slightly decrease electric generation output.

The plan also proposes measures to reduce impacts on bald eagles that may be present near MidAmerican Energy wind farms. It calls for training wind turbine technicians on wildlife search protocols during turbine visits, and educating landowners about removing animal remains that may attract eagles near wind turbines – reducing the odds of an eagle coming in contact with a wind turbine.

In addition to modifying wind turbine operations, MidAmerican Energy proposes to establish a $4.4 million bat conservation fund and a $1.6 million eagle conservation fund to support statewide mitigation projects to offset any impacts to those species.

The company seeks a 30-year U.S. government permit to allow for an average of 10 turbine-related incidental bald eagle “takes” – or deaths – per year across its Iowa service territory. The permit would account for less than a half percent of the eagle population that could be affected by MidAmerican Energy wind farms. The plan also calls for a take permit for four bat species.

“We understand that even though wind energy is clean and renewable, it impacts wildlife,” Jenny McIvor, vice president, environmental programs for MidAmerican Energy, said. “That’s why we’ve worked so hard and spent $15 million to study wildlife impacts at our wind facilities and tailor a conservation plan that specifically addresses those impacts.”

In November 2014, MidAmerican Energy, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, began a series of studies to determine how wind farms impact bald eagles and four bat species: Indiana, northern long-eared, little brown and tri-colored bats. The studies examined where sensitive bat species and bald eagles appear near MidAmerican Energy wind farms and evaluated impacts to these species.

The company is using information gathered through the studies to enhance conservation practices for existing wind farms and where the company places new ones.

“MidAmerican Energy is a national leader in generating wind energy,” McIvor said. “Now we’re leading on conservation efforts with this comprehensive plan, which is a gold standard for our wind portfolio and the industry.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to take final action on its draft environmental impact statement evaluating the plan by spring 2019 following a public comment period.

MidAmerican Energy wind energy leadership
MidAmerican Energy built its first wind turbine in 2004, and now operates more than 2,100 turbines at 27 wind farms across Iowa. Last year, MidAmerican Energy generated renewable energy equal to about 50 percent of its Iowa customers’ annual use, and announced plans to expand it to 100 percent by the end of 2021.

About MidAmerican Energy
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Aug. 28, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company’s Iowa customers can save energy and save money on the purchase of trees through the company’s “Plant Some Shade” program.

MidAmerican Energy’s residential customers in Iowa can purchase up to two trees through Plant Some Shade. Valued at $65 at retail price, MidAmerican Energy customers can buy trees for $30 each on a first-come, first-served basis. The program offers 3-to-10 feet tall deciduous trees, low-growing ornamental shade trees, and 2-1/2 feet tall conifers.

Deciduous trees, which lose their leaves in the fall, provide shade on summer days to decrease the cooling load on air conditioners. According to USDA Forest Service research, strategically placed mature trees can cut annual air conditioning demands up to 56 percent and heating costs up to three percent.

Low-growing ornamental shade trees and conifers, commonly called evergreens, are often used for windbreaks and can shield homes from winter winds to help ease heating costs.

“We encourage our customers to plant trees around their homes to promote energy efficiency and environmental stewardship,” Tina Yoder, MidAmerican Energy director of energy efficiency, said. “Trees help protect homes from the elements year-round, which helps our customers save energy and money.”

To purchase, MidAmerican Energy customers must complete order forms in advance on the "Plant Trees, Save Energy" page. Trees ordered can be picked up at Plant Some Shade events Oct. 10 in Grimes, Oct. 11 in Waukee, Oct. 13 in Des Moines and Oct. 18 in Sioux City.

Administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and implemented by local partners throughout the state, MidAmerican Energy partners with each to promote the program.

“The Plant Some Shade program is an excellent opportunity for homeowners to purchase high-quality trees at a low price,” Evan Miller, DNR partnership coordinator, said. “Fall is a great time to plant new trees. Warm fall days and cool nights are perfect for tree establishment and root growth.”

For more information, go to MidAmerican Energy’s "Plant Trees, Save Energy" page, email planttrees@midamerican.com, or call 800-434-4017.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy, is available at midamericanenergy.com and on company social media channels.

DES MOINES, Iowa – (Sept. 12, 2018) – Locating the source of a power outage without service crews physically inspecting electric lines and equipment can be difficult, especially during stormy weather and in darkness.

That’s why MidAmerican Energy Company is adding hundreds of smart devices to electric lines – to help restore service more quickly if an outage occurs.

The small electronic sensors, called remote fault indicators, attach to power lines. The devices instantly transmit outage and location details to MidAmerican Energy control room operators if they detect a service interruption.

“This smart grid technology helps us identify and isolate outages more quickly so we can restore service faster to minimize the impact to our customers, and supports our ongoing efforts to increase system reliability for our customers,” Jim Dougherty, MidAmerican Energy vice president of electric delivery, said.

Without the sensors, crews must often physically travel miles of roads, at times on foot for facilities that are not along roadways, to inspect power lines and locate the outage source. That process can take hours.

“When we know the cause of an outage, we can often dispatch our crews and restore service fairly quickly,” Dougherty said. “But the outage source isn’t always obvious. In many cases, our crews must inspect miles of lines, which can be difficult and take time – especially in the dark or during storms. These devices enable us to dispatch crews right to the disruption.”

Since early last year, MidAmerican Energy installed more than 200 sensors at locations in Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Fort Dodge, Des Moines, Waterloo, Iowa City and the Quad Cities, and in rural areas throughout its service territory. Based on the success and accuracy of the sensors thus far, MidAmerican Energy is in the process of installing sensors at more than 150 additional locations, which the company expects to complete next month.

“In an outage, our goal is to restore service as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible. These new sensors help us get the job done,” Dougherty said.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at midamericanenergy.com and company social media channels.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Aug. 30, 2018) – In a plan filed today with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MidAmerican Energy Company proposes a series of measures to help minimize how wind turbines may impact bald eagles and four bat species.

The company’s habitat conservation plan reflects insights gleaned from the most extensive research effort of its kind, spanning four years and covering most of MidAmerican Energy's wind fleet.

The plan aims to help protect four bat species, including two that are federally protected, by modifying nighttime wind turbine operations during certain months, and making additional operational changes at four wind farms where researchers found signs of increased bat activity in the area.

The proposed changes involve adjusting a turbine’s “cut-in” speed, or the wind speed at which a turbine begins to spin and produce energy. Studies show the adjustment can minimize bat fatalities. The changes will slightly decrease electric generation output.

The plan also proposes measures to reduce impacts on bald eagles that may be present near MidAmerican Energy wind farms. It calls for training wind turbine technicians on wildlife search protocols during turbine visits, and educating landowners about removing animal remains that may attract eagles near wind turbines – reducing the odds of an eagle coming in contact with a wind turbine.

In addition to modifying wind turbine operations, MidAmerican Energy proposes to establish a $4.4 million bat conservation fund and a $1.6 million eagle conservation fund to support statewide mitigation projects to offset any impacts to those species.

The company seeks a 30-year U.S. government permit to allow for an average of 10 turbine-related incidental bald eagle “takes” – or deaths – per year across its Iowa service territory. The permit would account for less than a half percent of the eagle population that could be affected by MidAmerican Energy wind farms. The plan also calls for a take permit for four bat species.

“We understand that even though wind energy is clean and renewable, it impacts wildlife,” Jenny McIvor, vice president, environmental programs for MidAmerican Energy, said. “That’s why we’ve worked so hard and spent $15 million to study wildlife impacts at our wind facilities and tailor a conservation plan that specifically addresses those impacts.”

In November 2014, MidAmerican Energy, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, began a series of studies to determine how wind farms impact bald eagles and four bat species: Indiana, northern long-eared, little brown and tri-colored bats. The studies examined where sensitive bat species and bald eagles appear near MidAmerican Energy wind farms and evaluated impacts to these species.

The company is using information gathered through the studies to enhance conservation practices for existing wind farms and where the company places new ones.

“MidAmerican Energy is a national leader in generating wind energy,” McIvor said. “Now we’re leading on conservation efforts with this comprehensive plan, which is a gold standard for our wind portfolio and the industry.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to take final action on its draft environmental impact statement evaluating the plan by spring 2019 following a public comment period.

MidAmerican Energy wind energy leadership
MidAmerican Energy built its first wind turbine in 2004, and now operates more than 2,100 turbines at 27 wind farms across Iowa. Last year, MidAmerican Energy generated renewable energy equal to about 50 percent of its Iowa customers’ annual use, and announced plans to expand it to 100 percent by the end of 2021.

About MidAmerican Energy
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Aug. 28, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company’s Iowa customers can save energy and save money on the purchase of trees through the company’s “Plant Some Shade” program.

MidAmerican Energy’s residential customers in Iowa can purchase up to two trees through Plant Some Shade. Valued at $65 at retail price, MidAmerican Energy customers can buy trees for $30 each on a first-come, first-served basis. The program offers 3-to-10 feet tall deciduous trees, low-growing ornamental shade trees, and 2-1/2 feet tall conifers.

Deciduous trees, which lose their leaves in the fall, provide shade on summer days to decrease the cooling load on air conditioners. According to USDA Forest Service research, strategically placed mature trees can cut annual air conditioning demands up to 56 percent and heating costs up to three percent.

Low-growing ornamental shade trees and conifers, commonly called evergreens, are often used for windbreaks and can shield homes from winter winds to help ease heating costs.

“We encourage our customers to plant trees around their homes to promote energy efficiency and environmental stewardship,” Tina Yoder, MidAmerican Energy director of energy efficiency, said. “Trees help protect homes from the elements year-round, which helps our customers save energy and money.”

To purchase, MidAmerican Energy customers must complete order forms in advance on the "Plant Trees, Save Energy" page. Trees ordered can be picked up at Plant Some Shade events Oct. 10 in Grimes, Oct. 11 in Waukee, Oct. 13 in Des Moines and Oct. 18 in Sioux City.

Administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and implemented by local partners throughout the state, MidAmerican Energy partners with each to promote the program.

“The Plant Some Shade program is an excellent opportunity for homeowners to purchase high-quality trees at a low price,” Evan Miller, DNR partnership coordinator, said. “Fall is a great time to plant new trees. Warm fall days and cool nights are perfect for tree establishment and root growth.”

For more information, go to MidAmerican Energy’s "Plant Trees, Save Energy" page, email planttrees@midamerican.com, or call 800-434-4017.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy, is available at midamericanenergy.com and on company social media channels.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (July 12, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company today announced construction of a wind farm project to begin this month in west central Grundy County.

The Ivester wind farm includes 35 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines. It’s part of MidAmerican Energy’s Wind XI project, which the company announced in 2016.

When completed at the end of this year, Ivester will add 91 megawatts of wind generation capacity for MidAmerican Energy customers, or enough wind energy to power more than 38,000 average Iowa homes.

The wind farm will add approximately $875,000 in estimated average annual property taxes in Grundy County, in addition to construction, long-term operations and maintenance jobs.

“This is an exciting year for MidAmerican Energy, as the Ivester wind farm is our latest addition that will help us increase wind generating capacity for our customers,” Mike Fehr, MidAmerican Energy vice president of resource development, said.

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

MidAmerican Energy previously announced construction of two Wind XI wind farm projects now underway in Adair County – Arbor Hill and Orient. Beaver Creek II in Greene County, and North English in Poweshiek County, are also under construction. Two additional wind farms, Beaver Creek in Boone and Greene counties, and Prairie in Mahaska County, are now operating.

Wind XII project
On May 30, MidAmerican Energy announced plans to be the first investor-owned electric utility in the nation to generate renewable energy equal to 100 percent of its customers’ usage on an annual basis, upon completing its newest proposed wind energy project. The company expects to complete the project, called Wind XII, in late 2020. Wind XII is subject to Iowa Utilities Board approval.

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

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at midamericanenergy.com and on the company's social media channels.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (July 9, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company today filed an application with the Iowa Utilities Board for approval of its proposed 2019-2023 Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Plan, designed to reduce customer bills while continuing to create energy efficiency savings.

The proposed plan meets the requirements set forth in Senate File 2311, a bill signed into law by Governor Kim Reynolds earlier this year. The new law updates energy efficiency spending, implementing caps that will result in savings for MidAmerican Energy’s Iowa customers of nearly $84 million per year. For customers with gas and electric service that equates to annual savings of $81 for the average residential customer, $172 for the average commercial customer and $12,351 for the average industrial customer.

Energy efficiency is a customer-to-customer program, wherein a portion of all customers’ bills goes towards providing funds that customers can draw from to pay for qualifying products and services that save energy. MidAmerican Energy does not profit from the program. Beginning in 2019, customers will see the mandated energy efficiency charges on their bills helping them to more fully understand the cost they pay into the programs. Prior to the passage of SF2311, this disclosure was prohibited.

“MidAmerican Energy is offering our customers the best of both worlds,” Adam Wright, president and CEO, said. “MidAmerican Energy’s proposed energy efficiency plan will put money back into our customers’ pockets and still provide a wide range of programs to encourage taking action to save energy. And, given the maturity of today’s energy efficiency marketplace, coupled with our continued 100 percent renewable energy commitment, it’s the perfect time to rebalance the program to match the times.”

In the proposed plan, MidAmerican Energy offers customers 14 robust energy efficiency programs that are designed to achieve significant energy savings. These programs include online home energy assessments, incentives to replace older HVAC equipment with new high-efficiency models, appliance recycling, and rebates to purchase smart thermostats, to name a few. Some programs will no longer be offered under the proposed plan, including the Plant Some Shade, Upstream Retail Lighting and Residential New Construction programs.

The Iowa Utilities Board will conduct proceedings to review MidAmerican Energy’s proposed plan and will take action by March 31, 2019. Until a new plan is approved, the company’s existing energy efficiency programs remain in effect.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at midamericanenergy.com and on the company’s social media channels.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (July 1, 2018) – As Des Moines area residents affected by flooding are returning to their homes and businesses, MidAmerican Energy is highlighting some important safety reminders.

In locations where MidAmerican Energy or the local fire department has temporarily shut off natural gas service or if customers who were evacuated shut off their own gas service, MidAmerican Energy will restore service at no charge when local officials determine it is safe to do so.

Do not turn on your own service
If your property sustained damage during the event, before MidAmerican Energy can restore service, an inspection may be required by city, county or state inspectors or professional electricians or plumbers. To have your service restored after repair and inspection, call MidAmerican Energy at 800-432-0586. Assistance is available 24-hours every day.

Important safety information

Smell gas? If you smell natural gas at any time, leave the building immediately and call your gas company away from the house. To report a gas leak to MidAmerican Energy, call 800-595-5325.

Low or downed wires: When approaching your home, watch for downed or low-hanging wires and assume that all lines are energized. If you see any downed or low hanging wires, do not go near them and call MidAmerican Energy. To report an electric emergency such as this, call MidAmerican Energy at 800-799-4443.

Flooding: NEVER go into a flooded home or basement unless you are certain the electricity is shut off. If you are unsure whether the power is on or off, call your electric company or a professional electrician. If your home was flooded and you do not have sufficient knowledge of electrical wiring and appliances, call a professional electrician. Do not turn on any lights or appliances until an electrician has checked your home for short circuits in appliances, wiring or other electrical equipment.

Breakers and fuses: Before resetting breakers or replacing blown fuses, unplug electric appliances if you can do so without standing in water or on a wet surface. Do not check fuses or circuit breakers or operate any electric appliance while standing in water or on a wet surface.

Sign up for alerts
Customers can sign up to receive text alerts or email notifications on outages affecting their service, when crews are projected to be working in their area, and once service is restored. Go to midamericanenergy.com and register for notifications through the My Account link.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at midamericanenergy.com and on the company’s social media channels.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (June 20, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company provided its Iowa customers with more than half of their electricity from renewable sources last year, the Iowa Utilities Board verified yesterday during its monthly meeting.

Through a board vote to approve the amount of renewable energy the company provided to its Iowa customers in 2017, the IUB verified that MidAmerican Energy served 50.8 percent of its retail electric load using renewable generation. MidAmerican Energy expects this percentage to grow annually as the company completes additional wind projects.

“MidAmerican Energy has achieved an exciting milestone as a renewable energy leader,” Adam Wright, MidAmerican Energy President and CEO, said. “We have now crossed the 50-yard line and we’re moving closer to the goal, which is the vision we announced in 2016 to ultimately provide 100 percent renewable energy for our customers.”

MidAmerican Energy's GreenAdvantage
The GreenAdvantage program, launched by MidAmerican Energy last year, quantifies the amount of renewable energy its electric customers can claim. This first-of-its-kind value-added program is offered to all MidAmerican Energy customers. It's particularly important to businesses that claim the percentage of energy they received to meet corporate sustainability goals.

“This achievement is not only significant for us as a company, but it’s significant for our customers and more broadly for Iowa. That’s because everyone benefits from our substantial and still growing ability to harness energy from the wind,” Wright said. “Wind energy is friendly to our environment, helps keep rates low for our customers, and benefits Iowa’s economy in many ways.” Last year, MidAmerican Energy paid $19.6 million in Iowa property taxes on wind turbines.

Latest proposed wind energy project to vault renewable energy to 100 percent
On May 30, MidAmerican Energy announced plans to be the first investor-owned electric utility in the nation to generate renewable energy equal to 100 percent of its customers’ usage on an annual basis, upon completing its newest proposed wind energy project. The company expects to complete the project, called Wind XII, in late 2020. Wind XII is subject to IUB approval.

MidAmerican Energy’s investment in renewables has helped make Iowa a national wind energy leader. Iowa leads the country in the percentage of electric generation coming from wind.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at midamericanenergy.com and on the company’s social media channels.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (May 30, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company will be the first investor-owned electric utility in the country to generate renewable energy equal to 100 percent of its customers’ usage on an annual basis, upon completing its newest proposed wind energy project.

MidAmerican Energy proposed an additional investment of $922 million with the announcement of its Wind XII project that will be formally filed with the Iowa Utilities Board later today. The project, if approved, is expected to be completed in late 2020. Over the past three years, MidAmerican Energy has moved forward with its previously announced Wind XI and repowering projects, that when combined with Wind XII, will provide customers with 100 percent renewable energy on an annual basis. And, like MidAmerican’s previous wind projects, Wind XII will be accomplished without the need to ask for an increase in customers’ rates.

“Wind XII will transform our 100 percent renewable energy vision from a bold dream into a reality,” Adam Wright, MidAmerican Energy’s President and CEO, said. “We are listening and working with our customers to put them first. Wind XII is a clear demonstration of our commitment to and investment in the cleaner, more sustainable energy future our customers want and our environment deserves. We have been able to invest in renewables while at the same time keeping electric rates affordable for the long term, creating a one-of-a-kind win-win solution.”

MidAmerican Energy’s investment in renewables has helped make Iowa a national wind energy leader. Iowa leads the country in the percentage of electric generation coming from wind.

“Iowans are used to leading the way. We believe to our core that it is our responsibility to use the resources we are given in the best way possible. It’s that sustainable approach that has led Iowa to achieve the highest percentage of power generation coming from wind energy, more than any other state,” Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds stated. “And, it doesn’t hurt that we have a company like MidAmerican Energy that has taken the long view and is forward-looking in its goal to provide sustainable and affordable energy to its customers.”

Economic benefits for Iowa
When combined with MidAmerican Energy’s other projects, the 591-megawatt Wind XII project will allow the company to provide renewable energy each year that is equal to 100 percent of the energy consumed by the homes and businesses in MidAmerican Energy’s Iowa service area.

The company estimates Wind XII will create more than 300 full-time jobs related to construction and another 28 full-time positions for ongoing operations and maintenance.

In addition, Wind XII will provide an average $6.9 million per year in additional Iowa property tax payments on wind turbines and nearly $5.6 million more in annual landowner easement payments.
In 2017, MidAmerican Energy paid $19.6 million in Iowa property taxes on wind turbines.

“This is an important step forward for our company, our customers and the state of Iowa,” Wright said. “In addition to delivering on our promise to customers, we are also helping to make Iowa a more competitive place to do business – ensuring that our economy continues to grow and thrive. This historic moment is something we are proud to share.”

The company is currently exploring potential wind farm sites in Iowa and will announce wind farm locations prior to constructing each site.

MidAmerican Energy will continue to use its natural gas, nuclear and coal-fueled plants to ensure reliable electric service even in times of low wind.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at midamericanenergy.com and on the company’s social media channels.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (May 25, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company will again provide clean, renewable wind energy for the Principal Charity Classic, the annual PGA Tour Champions event, June 5-10 at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About MidAmerican Energy Company
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