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DES MOINES, Iowa – (April 29, 2014) – MidAmerican Energy Company will plant more than 1,400 trees as part of the Trees for Electronic Billing Program, which began in 2008. This year, two locations will benefit from the program. MidAmerican Energy employees, Living Lands & Waters, Polk County Conservation and Iowa Energy representatives will join community volunteers May 2 to plant 1,262 trees at Yellow Banks Park in Pleasant Hill, Iowa. Earlier this month, volunteers planted 150 trees at Nahant Marsh, an urban wetland in Davenport, Iowa.
Through MidAmerican Energy’s Trees for Electronic Billing Program, $1 is donated for every customer who signs up for electronic billing. The funds are then used to buy trees that employees plant in MidAmerican Energy’s service territory. In 2013, more than 49,423 customers chose to go paperless.
Since the program began in 2008, 25,296 trees will have been planted including this year. Customers can sign up for the Trees for Electronic Billing Program by calling MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 or by creating a Web account online at www.midamericanenergy.com. After logging in, customers must select Enroll in Electronic Billing under Billing and Payment.
Planting Donated Trees Begins With a Call to 811. MidAmerican Energy reminds customers to be cautious of power lines and other electrical equipment when planting trees, shrubs and other foliage. Before beginning any project that requires digging, customers must call 811 to have underground utilities marked. Customers also must remember to look up before they plant. Only low-growing shrubs should be planted under electric lines. When vegetation grows too close to a power line or electrical equipment, it can cause power outages and may be dangerous.
Shrubs, trees, rock gardens, fences and structures should be kept at least 10 feet away from the access door of padmount transformers and three feet away from the other sides. Utility crews need access to the box to repair and maintain underground electric facilities. Customers may need to plant farther away from the transformer to allow space as the foliage matures. As plantings grow, customers should trim the foliage to maintain minimum clearance.
Additional planting information can be found on MidAmerican Energy’s website under Forestry Services at www.midamericanenergy.com/environment.
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.