MidAmerican Energy is leading the nation in our quest to provide just that by committing to a 100 percent renewable energy vision through our GreenAdvantage® program.
In 2017, we hit the halfway mark, delivering 50.8 percent of our Iowa customers’ annual energy needs with renewable energy. When the recently approved Wind XII project is completed, we’ll be positioned to deliver 100 percent renewable energy to our Iowa customers by 2021, based on annual electric usage.
Investing in renewable energy helps maintain our affordable rates, currently the 11th lowest in the country and has helped to make Iowa a national wind energy leader.
Transitioning to more and more renewable energy has allowed Iowa’s economy to grow and thrive, providing jobs and expanding opportunities across our service territory.
This investment also allows our Iowa customers to meet their sustainability goals through our GreenAdvantage program. The Iowa Utilities Board verifies the amount of renewable energy produced by MidAmerican Energy in a given year. This allows us to give our Iowa customers the assurance that they are using clean wind energy, harvested in Iowa.
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.
Renewable Advantage Program
Through the Renewable Advantage Program, MidAmerican Energy customers can make voluntary contributions to renewable energy projects. The program was developed in 2007 in accordance with Iowa law and allows customers to make a one-time or periodic contribution to the program.
The Renewable Advantage Program made it possible for MidAmerican Energy to partner with the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation to use contributions and federal grant money to construct several solar installations near the visitors center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Future projects may involve wind, solar, biomass, animal waste/methane or other renewable energy technologies and will be determined by customer interest and participation.
Contributions can be made by calling MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632, completing our online contribution form or through check-off boxes included on monthly MidAmerican Energy bill stubs January through October.