Through its involvement in four projects, MidAmerican Energy will build approximately
241 miles of 345-kV transmission lines between 2014 and 2017. The projects are primarily
designed to improve system reliability in Iowa and Illinois, relieve existing transmission congestion
in Iowa and Illinois, improve utilization of existing power generation, and lower the cost of
delivered energy. The additional transmission also will be designed to optimize wind-powered
generation placement and to allow for the regional delivery of renewable generation in
Iowa and Illinois.
The projects will create several economic benefits, including landowner easement payments,
an increase in annual property tax payments to local counties, construction jobs, and
future generation interconnection possibilities.