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MidAmerican Energy Takes Steps to Combat Copper Wire Theft

DES MOINES, Iowa – (July 10, 2014) – MidAmerican Energy Company has launched a program designed to combat copper wire theft in the Fort Dodge area.

To deter thieves from cutting perimeter fencing at its facilities and stealing copper grounding wire, every MidAmerican Energy substation in the area has painted the wire a bright yellow color. Metal recyclers are being asked to contact local law enforcement immediately if they suspect an unauthorized attempt to sell the yellow-painted copper wire.

“This criminal activity results in thousands of dollars in damage to our facilities and can potentially disrupt electrical service and cause severe injury to MidAmerican Energy personnel,” said David Hempen, manager of business continuity and security investigations. “The bright yellow color will help recyclers and law enforcement officials quickly and easily identify copper wire that belongs to MidAmerican Energy.”

To help protect all customers and personnel from the negative effects of copper theft, MidAmerican Energy plans to expand the deterrence program throughout its service territory.

MidAmerican 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 and its Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via