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DES MOINES, Iowa – (April 15, 2014) – MidAmerican Energy Company is putting the power of renewable energy to work at the 2014 Drake Relays, presented by Hy-Vee. Drake University will use renewable energy certificates from MidAmerican Energy’s Pomeroy wind farm, located in Pocahontas and Calhoun counties in Iowa, to offset greenhouse gas emissions associated with the electric consumption of the Drake Relays.
“MidAmerican Energy’s commitment to the ownership and operation of wind energy is unmatched among rate-regulated utilities,” said Adam Wright, vice president of wind generation and development, MidAmerican Energy. “When our latest wind expansion is complete in 2015, we will have the capacity to generate more electricity from wind than any other single source of electric generation on our system. We’re proud to help make Iowa a national leader in renewable energy and to partner with Drake University to provide track and field enthusiasts and participants with an opportunity to learn more about the benefits of wind energy.”
“The Drake Relays and Hy-Vee are committed to ‘raising the bar’ and this partnership with MidAmerican Energy allows us to do that in another unique way with clean energy sources,” said Drake Relays director Brian Brown. “MidAmerican Energy’s renewable energy certificates will afford us the opportunity to shine the light on the best track and field athletes in the world on the Blue Oval with renewable wind power generated right here in Iowa.”
MidAmerican Energy is No. 1 in the U.S. among rate-regulated utilities in terms of wind generation ownership. Approximately 30 percent of MidAmerican Energy’s total owned generation capacity currently comes from the company’s wind turbines. Last year, the company received approval for a 1,050-megawatt wind expansion. Once the expansion is complete in 2015, approximately 3,335 megawatts, or approximately 39 percent, of MidAmerican Energy’s total owned generation capacity will come from wind-powered generation from more than 1,700 wind turbines in Iowa.
About the Drake Relays:
For one weekend a year, the Drake Relays bring together Iowa’s top high school athletes with the best collegiate and Olympic performers from across the nation and around the world. Every April at historic Drake Stadium, the competition is fierce, the athletes spectacular and the performances legendary. Fans have packed the stands for 104 runnings, witnessing the fall of 14 world records, 51 American records and 56 national collegiate records. It is this combination of unmatched atmosphere and the spirit of competition that truly makes the Drake Relays America’s Athletic Classic. For more information, visit www.godrakebulldogs.com.
About MidAmerican Energy Company:
MidAmerican Energy Company, Iowa’s largest energy company, provides electric service to 739,000 customers and natural gas service to 719,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via www.midamericanenergy.com.