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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.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Jan. 12, 2017) – MidAmerican Energy plans to build new wind farms in Boone, Greene and Mahaska counties in Iowa. The two new wind farms will be the first Wind XI project sites selected for construction.

MidAmerican Energy plans to begin construction in April on the Beaver Creek wind project in Boone and Greene counties and the Prairie wind project in Mahaska County, with completion scheduled for the end of 2017. The wind farms are part of MidAmerican Energy’s Wind XI project and will add 338 megawatts of new wind generation capacity in Iowa: the Beaver Creek wind project will consist of 85 turbines, which will add 170 megawatts of wind generation capacity and the Prairie wind project will have 84 turbines and add 168 megawatts of wind generation capacity.

MidAmerican Energy announced plans in April 2016 to invest $3.6 billion for the Wind XI project. It is the largest economic development investment in Iowa’s history. The project calls for the construction of 1,000 wind turbines that will add 2,000 megawatts of wind generation capacity in Iowa.

The company is working with developers, county officials and landowners at potential wind farm sites in other Iowa counties for the balance of the Wind XI project. Construction on these projects would start in 2018 and 2019, and sites will be announced at a later date. Construction on the entire Wind XI project is expected to be complete by December 2019.

“MidAmerican Energy is not asking for an increase in customer rates or financial assistance from the state to pay for the Wind XI project,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy. “For our customers, the benefits of Wind XI are very clear: clean energy produced right here in Iowa, using an abundant natural resource. We believe the best way to meet the energy needs of our customers is to provide safe, reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible energy.”

The Wind XI project is expected to produce $1.2 billion in economic benefits for Iowa communities as a result of landowner easements and property tax payments over the next 40 years. Additionally, during construction thousands of jobs are expected to be added to Iowa’s economy and hundreds of new permanent jobs will be added when the expansion is complete.

With its investment in the Wind XI project, MidAmerican Energy’s wind generation each year will be equal to 85 percent of the energy used by our retail customers in Iowa, bringing us within striking distance of our 100 percent renewable energy vision.

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. 11, 2017) – MidAmerican Energy Company plans to hire new customer service associates at its Davenport call center this year.

The company anticipates hiring up to 24 positions in February, May and September – depending on the number of openings that occur throughout the year. Manpower, a staffing agency in Moline, is holding a job fair for the first training class of 24 tomorrow from 4 to 7 p.m. at its office located at 1513 River Drive, Moline, Illinois.

The positions are full-time, temp-to-hire jobs. Applicants are hired by Manpower and enter into MidAmerican Energy’s 14-week training program. Upon successful completion of the program, individuals are hired as full-time employees of the company.

“MidAmerican Energy is known for being a great place to work and offering competitive pay and benefits,” said Regan Kunzman, director, call center operations, for MidAmerican Energy. “We believe in creating careers, not just jobs. Our ongoing training ensures that our customer service associates have the skills they need to meet our customers’ needs today as well as create talented employees who can grow with the company.”

Starting pay for the position is $12 per hour with an increase to more than $15 per hour plus benefits if hired as a full-time employee.

Applications are available now. Jobseekers with customer service experience are encouraged to attend Manpower’s job fair, or apply at Manpower.com, call 309-762-8857 or email Moline.il@manpower.com.

Kunzman said the company is looking for individuals eager to learn new skills and those who like to help people and the community. The new customer service positions are a result of retirements and internal advancements.

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 – (Dec. 29, 2016) – With the arrival of winter, comes the chance for heavy snow, ice and high winds – the leading causes of power outages. MidAmerican Energy is offering 10 tips to help customers prepare and stay safe when the power goes out.

Before an outage:

1. Assemble an emergency safety kit. Items the kit should include are a flashlight, extra batteries, a three-day supply of water and nonperishable food for everyone in your household, medications, a manual can opener, blankets and warm sweaters, a battery-operated or wind-up radio and clock, a first aid kit, extra cash in case ATMs are down, and important phone numbers. Store the safety kit in a place that is easy to find in the dark and make sure everyone in your family knows where it is kept.
2. Purchase a battery-powered phone charger. Keep a battery-powered cellphone charger in your emergency kit, so you can charge your phone in the case of an outage. A vehicle phone charger will also allow you to tap into your vehicle’s battery source to charge your phone.
3. Keep your gas tank at least half full. Gas stations rely on electricity to operate their pumps and may not have back-up power.
4. Clear snow and ice from natural gas meters. Clearing snow and ice from natural gas meters can help keep your gas supply uninterrupted and operating safely during a storm. Gently use a broom rather than a shovel to remove snow from your meter, and carefully remove icicles from your roof or gutter above the meter. Water that drips on meters can freeze and cover it in ice. If a meter becomes encased in ice, do not try to melt or chip the ice. Call MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 for assistance.
5. Designate a place to go in case of an extended outage. Talk to family, friends and neighbors and establish a place to stay during an extended outage. If you have nowhere to go, head to a designated public shelter. Also, check on elderly neighbors, friends or relatives who may need assistance.

During an outage:

6. Report your outage. Don’t rely on neighbors to report your outage. Report your outage online or call MidAmerican Energy at 800-799-4443. Reporting your outage helps crews to pinpoint the issue and restore power faster.
7. Stay in the know. Monitor the outage restoration process by listening to radio reports, viewing MidAmerican Energy’s outage map or by following updates on the company’s Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also sign up to receive text notifications during an outage through the My Account feature on MidAmerican Energy’s website.
8. Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for about four hours. A full freezer will hold the temperature of frozen foods for 24 to 48 hours – the fuller the freezer, the longer items inside will stay frozen.
9. Unplug sensitive appliances such as computers, TVs and DVD players to avoid possible damage when electricity is restored.
10. Stay away from downed power lines. If you see a downed line during a storm, assume it is energized and stay far away. Touching an energized power line can be fatal. Call MidAmerican Energy immediately at 800-799-4443 to report the downed line.

For more outage safety tips, visit the Outage and Storms page on MidAmerican Energy’s website.

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 – (Dec. 29, 2016) – With the completion of the Ida Grove wind farm in Ida County and the O’Brien wind farm in O’Brien County, MidAmerican Energy Company wrapped up work on two major projects adding 551 megawatts of wind generation capacity for customers.

“We are proud to do business in a state that leads the nation in the percentage of energy generated from wind,” said Michael Fehr, vice president, resource development for MidAmerican Energy. “Wind is a key element of our balanced approach to energy generation because it’s a renewable and clean source of energy.”

Work on the Wind X project began in spring 2016 and the turbines were commissioned in early December. The turbines are fully operational and delivering energy to customers, including electricity generated from clean energy produced right here in Iowa, using an abundant resource that has no fuel costs associated with it.

MidAmerican Energy customers have some of the lowest electricity prices in the U.S., according to information released in June 2016 by the Edison Electric Institute. The national average retail price for electricity is 10.68 cents/kWh. MidAmerican Energy’s average retail price is 6.78 cents/kWh – nearly 37 percent lower than the rest of the country.

The Ida Grove project is the first wind farm built in Ida County, while the O’Brien wind project is the second major development for MidAmerican Energy in O’Brien County.

The Wind X project will provide more than $115 million in landowner payments each year and more than $160 million in property tax revenues over the next 30 years. Wind X was built at no net cost to the company’s customers and will help stabilize electric rates over the long term. It also demonstrates MidAmerican Energy’s commitment to lessening the environmental impact of its operations.

There are 134 turbines at the Ida Grove wind project that will add 301 megawatts of generation capacity and 104 turbines were built at the O’Brien wind project for 250 megawatts of generation capacity.

MidAmerican Energy’s wind projects foster economic development and support local communities in Iowa. To date, MidAmerican Energy has paid nearly $65 million in Iowa property taxes – funds distributed to local schools and public improvements – and more than $69 million in payment to Iowa landowners.

MidAmerican Energy has wind farms in operation or under construction in 23 Iowa counties. The company has partnered with more than 2,400 Iowa landowners. At the end of 2016, MidAmerican Energy’s wind assets in Iowa will include more than 2,020 turbines.

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 – (Dec. 19, 2016) – Cold weather is upon us, but for some staying warm can be a challenge. More than 200,000 Iowans are living in poverty and could struggle to pay their heating bills this winter.

MidAmerican Energy Company has a program to help. I CARE allows customers to donate money to help individuals in their community pay their heating bills. MidAmerican Energy matches 25 percent of the contributions.

Last year, customers donated approximately $225,000 and MidAmerican Energy contributed nearly $60,000 for a total of about $285,000. This amount helped over 1,300 families in need.

Every dollar given goes directly to local community action agencies that use the money to provide heating assistance to individuals who are unemployed, living on fixed or low incomes, or experiencing a family crisis; money is not used by the company. All donations remain local, helping those in the donor’s community. Individuals must meet their state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) guidelines to receive assistance.

“With cold, blustery months ahead, many families will need help staying warm and safe this winter,” said Terry Ousley, vice president, customer satisfaction for MidAmerican Energy. “We appreciate the continued generosity of our customers to help those in need. It’s because of their generosity that we can provide the gift of warmth to thousands this holiday season.”

Customers can contribute to I CARE by simply adding a dollar amount to their monthly MidAmerican Energy bill and noting on the bill stub or online that the overpayment should be applied to I CARE. They can also contribute by filling out an online pledge form and making a one-time or recurring donation.

In addition to I CARE, individuals looking to support a family member, friend or neighbor in need can make a phone payment to be applied 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 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 – (Dec. 14, 2016) – Construction is complete on a new high-voltage transmission line built by MidAmerican Energy Company that travels through portions of six northwest Iowa counties: Clay, Humboldt, Kossuth, O’Brien, Palo Alto and Webster. The main reason for the new infrastructure is to build a smarter and more reliable energy grid.

The 345-kilovolt transmission line, known as Multi-Value Project 3, spans approximately 120 miles in northwest Iowa from a location near Sanborn to Burt and then ending near Fort Dodge. In addition to the new line, the company constructed two new substations, modified an existing substation and rebuilt existing 161-kilovolt transmission lines along the same route. Construction crews replaced two- and three-pole wood structures with single-pole steel structures, which means fewer power poles per mile, less need for maintenance, and more land available for farming.

“By updating the energy grid, we can better serve our customers,” said Steve Ambrose, project manager, high-voltage transmission, for MidAmerican Energy. “Over the years the population and energy needs have grown and so have our needs for reliability. Bigger houses, more technology and more appliances have led to increases in energy use. By building new transmission lines, we can meet these demands and provide more reliable service to customers. A smarter energy grid will also carry and deliver more wind energy through Iowa and, ultimately, 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.

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

In 2011, the Midcontinent Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc. unanimously approved the organization’s Transmission Expansion Plan. It is a comprehensive long-term regional plan for the energy grid that will benefit consumers throughout the Midwest. MidAmerican Energy is assisting with the construction of four of the 17 Multi-Value Projects included in the MISO plan.

In addition to MVP 3, other projects MidAmerican Energy is working on include: MVP 7, a 27-mile line through Appanoose, Davis and Wapello counties in Iowa and MVP 16, a 33-mile line through Henry, Knox, Mercer and Rock Island counties in Illinois.

MVP 16 and MVP 7 are scheduled for completion by mid-2017 and mid-2018, respectively. MVP 4, a 71-mile line through Black Hawk, Butler and Franklin counties, was complete in October.

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

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 – (Dec. 5, 2016) – About this time of year, the MidAmerican Energy office in Sioux Falls starts to look a lot like Santa’s workshop. Employee elves come together to raise money to purchase new toys and books for the local Holiday Gifts for Kids program – just in time for Christmas.

MidAmerican Energy employees host a “Saw, Sift or Sew” auction to raise money to buy toys and books. In 2015, the Sioux Falls team raised more than $6,400. Employees are trying to raise $7,000 for the 2016 program that serves low-income families in the Sioux Empire region.

Holiday Gifts for Kids is coordinated by the Sioux Falls Jaycees Chapter. The program is designed to fill the gaps for those in need who have missed other campaign deadlines. Since 1988, MidAmerican Energy has partnered with the Sioux Falls Jaycees in support of the annual toy drive.

This auction is Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Sioux Falls Service Center, 1200 South Blauvelt Ave. Sioux Falls Jaycee members and other special guests have been invited to join MidAmerican Energy employees in a live bid auction for holiday baked goods, craft items, and merchandise donated by Sioux Falls businesses. Les Miller from Wheatstem Realty and Auction will auctioneer the event. He started volunteering for Saw, Sift or Sew in 1991.

“It really is a holiday tradition,” said Sheryl Fromm, a customer satisfaction specialist in Sioux Falls. “We appreciate the generosity of our local businesses because it shows the true spirit of the community that people in Sioux Falls feel.”

Frank Regas, a gas engineer for MidAmerican Energy in Sioux Falls, chairs the 2016 event. He called Sioux Falls a “giving community” – where a commitment to helping others comes from the heart: exactly what’s needed to pull off a big event to raise money for the Holiday Gifts for Kids program.

“If this auction is anything like last year, we’re going to have a bidding war,” Regas added. “It’s a fantastic way to help families in Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities. This event is important for the community and it’s important to us. Every child deserves a little Christmas.”

After Wednesday’s auction, MidAmerican Energy employees will divide into three teams on Friday, Dec. 9 and shop local stores to buy toys.
“We love doing this,” Regas said. “We feel the Christmas spirit and the joy of giving to others, and that’s what this is all about, getting toys for the kids.”

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 – (Nov. 30, 2016) – Jolly Holiday Lights, located at Adventureland Park's campgrounds in Altoona, will be powered by wind energy for the fifth consecutive year.

MidAmerican Energy Company is donating renewable energy certificates to Make-A-Wish® Iowa, organizer of Jolly Holiday Lights, to offset the electricity used by nearly 100 light displays nightly for six weeks. The renewable energy certificates will come from the company’s Pomeroy wind farm, located in Pocahontas County, Iowa, and will help to make Jolly Holiday Lights a green event.

“We’re proud to support a holiday tradition that benefits Iowa kids,” said Mike Fehr, vice president, resource development, for MidAmerican Energy. “By using renewable energy certificates for Jolly Holiday Lights, we’re able to support a great cause and contribute to a cleaner environment.”

In addition to utilizing wind energy, the majority of Jolly Holiday Lights’ exhibits use LED lights. LEDs use up to 75 percent less energy than incandescent lights, thus reducing carbon dioxide emissions. They also last longer and offer significant safety advantages compared to incandescent bulbs. MidAmerican Energy encourages all customers to save energy and money this holiday season by making the switch to LED holiday lights.

All proceeds from Jolly Holiday Lights benefit Make-A-Wish Iowa. Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish Iowa grants a wish every other day in the state of Iowa. The 2.5 mile holiday lights driving tour is open 5:30 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 1. Cost is $10 per car, $20 per limo or minibus and $45 per chartered bus. Tickets can be purchased online, at the gate, or at a Des Moines area Hy-Vee, Casey's, or the Make-A-Wish Iowa office.

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 – (Nov. 17, 2016) – With low temperatures expected to reach the 20s this weekend, MidAmerican Energy Company wants customers to take steps now to winterize their homes.

According to a report released by the United States Department of Energy in early October, customers could pay more to heat their homes this winter compared to last winter due to higher natural gas prices and lower temperatures. MidAmerican Energy observes that current natural gas futures prices for this winter are nearly 40 percent higher than comparable prices observed last winter.

“Our warmer-than-normal fall weather may be coming to an end,” said Brian Wiese, director, gas portfolio planning and trading, for MidAmerican Energy. “Last year, temperatures throughout the winter were much warmer than normal and natural gas prices were near historic lows. That may not be the case this year. If we see more normal winter weather this year, as current forecasts suggest, furnaces are going to run more than they did last year. Fortunately, there are several things customers can do to help reduce their heating costs.”

Get a HomeCheck®
The first step in learning how to lower your monthly bill and become more energy efficient is through MidAmerican Energy’s free energy assessment program, HomeCheck. During a HomeCheck, an energy expert inspects your home and examines things like your heating and cooling systems, appliances, insulation levels, lighting, windows and doors and will provide a report on how you can improve the energy efficiency of your home.

Customers with homes more than 10 years old whose primary heat source is delivered by MidAmerican Energy are eligible to participate in a HomeCheck. Customers with newer homes can participate in an online home energy assessment that provides energy saving tips and compares your energy use to similar homes. To schedule a free, on-site HomeCheck, fill out a form online or call 800-545-0762.

All customers can improve the energy efficiency of their homes by implementing these five no- or low-cost tips:

1. Make sure your home is weatherized. Use weather stripping and caulk to seal air leaks and block drafts around doors, windows and chimneys as well as in the basement and attic. Check for other potential air leaks in dropped ceilings, soffits above cabinets, electrical outlets, wiring bypasses and gaps in plumbing.
2. Service your furnace. A yearly tune-up by a licensed contractor can ensure that your heating system is running efficiently and safely.
3. Change your filters regularly. A clean filter ensures efficient airflow while maintaining the air quality and comfort of your home. A clogged air filter will make your furnace work harder to keep your home warm.
4. Keep your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower in the winter. For every degree above 68, you’ll increase your energy use by approximately four percent over a 24-hour period.
5. Install a programmable thermostat that automatically lowers the temperature when you’re asleep or away.

Need weatherization assistance? See if you qualify for a federally-funded program
Low-income individuals who may not be able to afford energy efficiency renovations, such as replacing a furnace or installing insulation, may qualify for the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program. Eligibility for the program is based on income and whether a household is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Family Investment Program (FIP) Assistance. To learn more about the program or apply for assistance, visit the local community action agency outreach office in your county.

For more information on how to prepare your home for winter, visit: https://www.midamericanenergy.com/rebates-energy.aspx.

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.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Jan. 12, 2017) – MidAmerican Energy plans to build new wind farms in Boone, Greene and Mahaska counties in Iowa. The two new wind farms will be the first Wind XI project sites selected for construction.

MidAmerican Energy plans to begin construction in April on the Beaver Creek wind project in Boone and Greene counties and the Prairie wind project in Mahaska County, with completion scheduled for the end of 2017. The wind farms are part of MidAmerican Energy’s Wind XI project and will add 338 megawatts of new wind generation capacity in Iowa: the Beaver Creek wind project will consist of 85 turbines, which will add 170 megawatts of wind generation capacity and the Prairie wind project will have 84 turbines and add 168 megawatts of wind generation capacity.

MidAmerican Energy announced plans in April 2016 to invest $3.6 billion for the Wind XI project. It is the largest economic development investment in Iowa’s history. The project calls for the construction of 1,000 wind turbines that will add 2,000 megawatts of wind generation capacity in Iowa.

The company is working with developers, county officials and landowners at potential wind farm sites in other Iowa counties for the balance of the Wind XI project. Construction on these projects would start in 2018 and 2019, and sites will be announced at a later date. Construction on the entire Wind XI project is expected to be complete by December 2019.

“MidAmerican Energy is not asking for an increase in customer rates or financial assistance from the state to pay for the Wind XI project,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy. “For our customers, the benefits of Wind XI are very clear: clean energy produced right here in Iowa, using an abundant natural resource. We believe the best way to meet the energy needs of our customers is to provide safe, reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible energy.”

The Wind XI project is expected to produce $1.2 billion in economic benefits for Iowa communities as a result of landowner easements and property tax payments over the next 40 years. Additionally, during construction thousands of jobs are expected to be added to Iowa’s economy and hundreds of new permanent jobs will be added when the expansion is complete.

With its investment in the Wind XI project, MidAmerican Energy’s wind generation each year will be equal to 85 percent of the energy used by our retail customers in Iowa, bringing us within striking distance of our 100 percent renewable energy vision.

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. 11, 2017) – MidAmerican Energy Company plans to hire new customer service associates at its Davenport call center this year.

The company anticipates hiring up to 24 positions in February, May and September – depending on the number of openings that occur throughout the year. Manpower, a staffing agency in Moline, is holding a job fair for the first training class of 24 tomorrow from 4 to 7 p.m. at its office located at 1513 River Drive, Moline, Illinois.

The positions are full-time, temp-to-hire jobs. Applicants are hired by Manpower and enter into MidAmerican Energy’s 14-week training program. Upon successful completion of the program, individuals are hired as full-time employees of the company.

“MidAmerican Energy is known for being a great place to work and offering competitive pay and benefits,” said Regan Kunzman, director, call center operations, for MidAmerican Energy. “We believe in creating careers, not just jobs. Our ongoing training ensures that our customer service associates have the skills they need to meet our customers’ needs today as well as create talented employees who can grow with the company.”

Starting pay for the position is $12 per hour with an increase to more than $15 per hour plus benefits if hired as a full-time employee.

Applications are available now. Jobseekers with customer service experience are encouraged to attend Manpower’s job fair, or apply at Manpower.com, call 309-762-8857 or email Moline.il@manpower.com.

Kunzman said the company is looking for individuals eager to learn new skills and those who like to help people and the community. The new customer service positions are a result of retirements and internal advancements.

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 – (Dec. 29, 2016) – With the arrival of winter, comes the chance for heavy snow, ice and high winds – the leading causes of power outages. MidAmerican Energy is offering 10 tips to help customers prepare and stay safe when the power goes out.

Before an outage:

1. Assemble an emergency safety kit. Items the kit should include are a flashlight, extra batteries, a three-day supply of water and nonperishable food for everyone in your household, medications, a manual can opener, blankets and warm sweaters, a battery-operated or wind-up radio and clock, a first aid kit, extra cash in case ATMs are down, and important phone numbers. Store the safety kit in a place that is easy to find in the dark and make sure everyone in your family knows where it is kept.
2. Purchase a battery-powered phone charger. Keep a battery-powered cellphone charger in your emergency kit, so you can charge your phone in the case of an outage. A vehicle phone charger will also allow you to tap into your vehicle’s battery source to charge your phone.
3. Keep your gas tank at least half full. Gas stations rely on electricity to operate their pumps and may not have back-up power.
4. Clear snow and ice from natural gas meters. Clearing snow and ice from natural gas meters can help keep your gas supply uninterrupted and operating safely during a storm. Gently use a broom rather than a shovel to remove snow from your meter, and carefully remove icicles from your roof or gutter above the meter. Water that drips on meters can freeze and cover it in ice. If a meter becomes encased in ice, do not try to melt or chip the ice. Call MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 for assistance.
5. Designate a place to go in case of an extended outage. Talk to family, friends and neighbors and establish a place to stay during an extended outage. If you have nowhere to go, head to a designated public shelter. Also, check on elderly neighbors, friends or relatives who may need assistance.

During an outage:

6. Report your outage. Don’t rely on neighbors to report your outage. Report your outage online or call MidAmerican Energy at 800-799-4443. Reporting your outage helps crews to pinpoint the issue and restore power faster.
7. Stay in the know. Monitor the outage restoration process by listening to radio reports, viewing MidAmerican Energy’s outage map or by following updates on the company’s Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also sign up to receive text notifications during an outage through the My Account feature on MidAmerican Energy’s website.
8. Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for about four hours. A full freezer will hold the temperature of frozen foods for 24 to 48 hours – the fuller the freezer, the longer items inside will stay frozen.
9. Unplug sensitive appliances such as computers, TVs and DVD players to avoid possible damage when electricity is restored.
10. Stay away from downed power lines. If you see a downed line during a storm, assume it is energized and stay far away. Touching an energized power line can be fatal. Call MidAmerican Energy immediately at 800-799-4443 to report the downed line.

For more outage safety tips, visit the Outage and Storms page on MidAmerican Energy’s website.

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 – (Dec. 29, 2016) – With the completion of the Ida Grove wind farm in Ida County and the O’Brien wind farm in O’Brien County, MidAmerican Energy Company wrapped up work on two major projects adding 551 megawatts of wind generation capacity for customers.

“We are proud to do business in a state that leads the nation in the percentage of energy generated from wind,” said Michael Fehr, vice president, resource development for MidAmerican Energy. “Wind is a key element of our balanced approach to energy generation because it’s a renewable and clean source of energy.”

Work on the Wind X project began in spring 2016 and the turbines were commissioned in early December. The turbines are fully operational and delivering energy to customers, including electricity generated from clean energy produced right here in Iowa, using an abundant resource that has no fuel costs associated with it.

MidAmerican Energy customers have some of the lowest electricity prices in the U.S., according to information released in June 2016 by the Edison Electric Institute. The national average retail price for electricity is 10.68 cents/kWh. MidAmerican Energy’s average retail price is 6.78 cents/kWh – nearly 37 percent lower than the rest of the country.

The Ida Grove project is the first wind farm built in Ida County, while the O’Brien wind project is the second major development for MidAmerican Energy in O’Brien County.

The Wind X project will provide more than $115 million in landowner payments each year and more than $160 million in property tax revenues over the next 30 years. Wind X was built at no net cost to the company’s customers and will help stabilize electric rates over the long term. It also demonstrates MidAmerican Energy’s commitment to lessening the environmental impact of its operations.

There are 134 turbines at the Ida Grove wind project that will add 301 megawatts of generation capacity and 104 turbines were built at the O’Brien wind project for 250 megawatts of generation capacity.

MidAmerican Energy’s wind projects foster economic development and support local communities in Iowa. To date, MidAmerican Energy has paid nearly $65 million in Iowa property taxes – funds distributed to local schools and public improvements – and more than $69 million in payment to Iowa landowners.

MidAmerican Energy has wind farms in operation or under construction in 23 Iowa counties. The company has partnered with more than 2,400 Iowa landowners. At the end of 2016, MidAmerican Energy’s wind assets in Iowa will include more than 2,020 turbines.

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 – (Dec. 19, 2016) – Cold weather is upon us, but for some staying warm can be a challenge. More than 200,000 Iowans are living in poverty and could struggle to pay their heating bills this winter.

MidAmerican Energy Company has a program to help. I CARE allows customers to donate money to help individuals in their community pay their heating bills. MidAmerican Energy matches 25 percent of the contributions.

Last year, customers donated approximately $225,000 and MidAmerican Energy contributed nearly $60,000 for a total of about $285,000. This amount helped over 1,300 families in need.

Every dollar given goes directly to local community action agencies that use the money to provide heating assistance to individuals who are unemployed, living on fixed or low incomes, or experiencing a family crisis; money is not used by the company. All donations remain local, helping those in the donor’s community. Individuals must meet their state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) guidelines to receive assistance.

“With cold, blustery months ahead, many families will need help staying warm and safe this winter,” said Terry Ousley, vice president, customer satisfaction for MidAmerican Energy. “We appreciate the continued generosity of our customers to help those in need. It’s because of their generosity that we can provide the gift of warmth to thousands this holiday season.”

Customers can contribute to I CARE by simply adding a dollar amount to their monthly MidAmerican Energy bill and noting on the bill stub or online that the overpayment should be applied to I CARE. They can also contribute by filling out an online pledge form and making a one-time or recurring donation.

In addition to I CARE, individuals looking to support a family member, friend or neighbor in need can make a phone payment to be applied 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 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 – (Dec. 14, 2016) – Construction is complete on a new high-voltage transmission line built by MidAmerican Energy Company that travels through portions of six northwest Iowa counties: Clay, Humboldt, Kossuth, O’Brien, Palo Alto and Webster. The main reason for the new infrastructure is to build a smarter and more reliable energy grid.

The 345-kilovolt transmission line, known as Multi-Value Project 3, spans approximately 120 miles in northwest Iowa from a location near Sanborn to Burt and then ending near Fort Dodge. In addition to the new line, the company constructed two new substations, modified an existing substation and rebuilt existing 161-kilovolt transmission lines along the same route. Construction crews replaced two- and three-pole wood structures with single-pole steel structures, which means fewer power poles per mile, less need for maintenance, and more land available for farming.

“By updating the energy grid, we can better serve our customers,” said Steve Ambrose, project manager, high-voltage transmission, for MidAmerican Energy. “Over the years the population and energy needs have grown and so have our needs for reliability. Bigger houses, more technology and more appliances have led to increases in energy use. By building new transmission lines, we can meet these demands and provide more reliable service to customers. A smarter energy grid will also carry and deliver more wind energy through Iowa and, ultimately, 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.

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

In 2011, the Midcontinent Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc. unanimously approved the organization’s Transmission Expansion Plan. It is a comprehensive long-term regional plan for the energy grid that will benefit consumers throughout the Midwest. MidAmerican Energy is assisting with the construction of four of the 17 Multi-Value Projects included in the MISO plan.

In addition to MVP 3, other projects MidAmerican Energy is working on include: MVP 7, a 27-mile line through Appanoose, Davis and Wapello counties in Iowa and MVP 16, a 33-mile line through Henry, Knox, Mercer and Rock Island counties in Illinois.

MVP 16 and MVP 7 are scheduled for completion by mid-2017 and mid-2018, respectively. MVP 4, a 71-mile line through Black Hawk, Butler and Franklin counties, was complete in October.

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

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 – (Dec. 5, 2016) – About this time of year, the MidAmerican Energy office in Sioux Falls starts to look a lot like Santa’s workshop. Employee elves come together to raise money to purchase new toys and books for the local Holiday Gifts for Kids program – just in time for Christmas.

MidAmerican Energy employees host a “Saw, Sift or Sew” auction to raise money to buy toys and books. In 2015, the Sioux Falls team raised more than $6,400. Employees are trying to raise $7,000 for the 2016 program that serves low-income families in the Sioux Empire region.

Holiday Gifts for Kids is coordinated by the Sioux Falls Jaycees Chapter. The program is designed to fill the gaps for those in need who have missed other campaign deadlines. Since 1988, MidAmerican Energy has partnered with the Sioux Falls Jaycees in support of the annual toy drive.

This auction is Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Sioux Falls Service Center, 1200 South Blauvelt Ave. Sioux Falls Jaycee members and other special guests have been invited to join MidAmerican Energy employees in a live bid auction for holiday baked goods, craft items, and merchandise donated by Sioux Falls businesses. Les Miller from Wheatstem Realty and Auction will auctioneer the event. He started volunteering for Saw, Sift or Sew in 1991.

“It really is a holiday tradition,” said Sheryl Fromm, a customer satisfaction specialist in Sioux Falls. “We appreciate the generosity of our local businesses because it shows the true spirit of the community that people in Sioux Falls feel.”

Frank Regas, a gas engineer for MidAmerican Energy in Sioux Falls, chairs the 2016 event. He called Sioux Falls a “giving community” – where a commitment to helping others comes from the heart: exactly what’s needed to pull off a big event to raise money for the Holiday Gifts for Kids program.

“If this auction is anything like last year, we’re going to have a bidding war,” Regas added. “It’s a fantastic way to help families in Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities. This event is important for the community and it’s important to us. Every child deserves a little Christmas.”

After Wednesday’s auction, MidAmerican Energy employees will divide into three teams on Friday, Dec. 9 and shop local stores to buy toys.
“We love doing this,” Regas said. “We feel the Christmas spirit and the joy of giving to others, and that’s what this is all about, getting toys for the kids.”

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 – (Nov. 30, 2016) – Jolly Holiday Lights, located at Adventureland Park's campgrounds in Altoona, will be powered by wind energy for the fifth consecutive year.

MidAmerican Energy Company is donating renewable energy certificates to Make-A-Wish® Iowa, organizer of Jolly Holiday Lights, to offset the electricity used by nearly 100 light displays nightly for six weeks. The renewable energy certificates will come from the company’s Pomeroy wind farm, located in Pocahontas County, Iowa, and will help to make Jolly Holiday Lights a green event.

“We’re proud to support a holiday tradition that benefits Iowa kids,” said Mike Fehr, vice president, resource development, for MidAmerican Energy. “By using renewable energy certificates for Jolly Holiday Lights, we’re able to support a great cause and contribute to a cleaner environment.”

In addition to utilizing wind energy, the majority of Jolly Holiday Lights’ exhibits use LED lights. LEDs use up to 75 percent less energy than incandescent lights, thus reducing carbon dioxide emissions. They also last longer and offer significant safety advantages compared to incandescent bulbs. MidAmerican Energy encourages all customers to save energy and money this holiday season by making the switch to LED holiday lights.

All proceeds from Jolly Holiday Lights benefit Make-A-Wish Iowa. Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish Iowa grants a wish every other day in the state of Iowa. The 2.5 mile holiday lights driving tour is open 5:30 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 1. Cost is $10 per car, $20 per limo or minibus and $45 per chartered bus. Tickets can be purchased online, at the gate, or at a Des Moines area Hy-Vee, Casey's, or the Make-A-Wish Iowa office.

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 – (Nov. 17, 2016) – With low temperatures expected to reach the 20s this weekend, MidAmerican Energy Company wants customers to take steps now to winterize their homes.

According to a report released by the United States Department of Energy in early October, customers could pay more to heat their homes this winter compared to last winter due to higher natural gas prices and lower temperatures. MidAmerican Energy observes that current natural gas futures prices for this winter are nearly 40 percent higher than comparable prices observed last winter.

“Our warmer-than-normal fall weather may be coming to an end,” said Brian Wiese, director, gas portfolio planning and trading, for MidAmerican Energy. “Last year, temperatures throughout the winter were much warmer than normal and natural gas prices were near historic lows. That may not be the case this year. If we see more normal winter weather this year, as current forecasts suggest, furnaces are going to run more than they did last year. Fortunately, there are several things customers can do to help reduce their heating costs.”

Get a HomeCheck®
The first step in learning how to lower your monthly bill and become more energy efficient is through MidAmerican Energy’s free energy assessment program, HomeCheck. During a HomeCheck, an energy expert inspects your home and examines things like your heating and cooling systems, appliances, insulation levels, lighting, windows and doors and will provide a report on how you can improve the energy efficiency of your home.

Customers with homes more than 10 years old whose primary heat source is delivered by MidAmerican Energy are eligible to participate in a HomeCheck. Customers with newer homes can participate in an online home energy assessment that provides energy saving tips and compares your energy use to similar homes. To schedule a free, on-site HomeCheck, fill out a form online or call 800-545-0762.

All customers can improve the energy efficiency of their homes by implementing these five no- or low-cost tips:

1. Make sure your home is weatherized. Use weather stripping and caulk to seal air leaks and block drafts around doors, windows and chimneys as well as in the basement and attic. Check for other potential air leaks in dropped ceilings, soffits above cabinets, electrical outlets, wiring bypasses and gaps in plumbing.
2. Service your furnace. A yearly tune-up by a licensed contractor can ensure that your heating system is running efficiently and safely.
3. Change your filters regularly. A clean filter ensures efficient airflow while maintaining the air quality and comfort of your home. A clogged air filter will make your furnace work harder to keep your home warm.
4. Keep your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower in the winter. For every degree above 68, you’ll increase your energy use by approximately four percent over a 24-hour period.
5. Install a programmable thermostat that automatically lowers the temperature when you’re asleep or away.

Need weatherization assistance? See if you qualify for a federally-funded program
Low-income individuals who may not be able to afford energy efficiency renovations, such as replacing a furnace or installing insulation, may qualify for the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program. Eligibility for the program is based on income and whether a household is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Family Investment Program (FIP) Assistance. To learn more about the program or apply for assistance, visit the local community action agency outreach office in your county.

For more information on how to prepare your home for winter, visit: https://www.midamericanenergy.com/rebates-energy.aspx.

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.