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MidAmerican Energy program makes high-quality trees available to Iowa customers

DES MOINES, Iowa – (March 10, 2015) – Iowa residential customers of MidAmerican Energy Company have the opportunity to purchase high-quality trees for only $30 through the company’s Plant Some Shade program.

The program is a partnership initiative that promotes long-term energy and natural resource conservation through tree planting. Strategically placed deciduous trees provide shade on hot summer days, easing the cooling load on air conditioners, while conifers shield homes from blustery Iowa winter winds.

Order forms for the program can be downloaded from the website: www.midamericanenergy.com/iowa_plantsomeshade. Customers can purchase up to two trees – 3- to 4-foot conifers or 5- to 8-foot landscape trees – for a discounted price of $30 each, with the remaining cost funded through a grant from MidAmerican Energy. A variety of shade trees, low-growing ornamental trees and conifers are being offered. Advance purchase is required; quantities are limited and orders will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis until all trees are sold.

“Encouraging residents to plant trees around their homes is an effective way to promote energy efficiency and environmental beautification,” said Tina Yoder, MidAmerican Energy manager of energy efficiency. “Plant Some Shade trees provide year-round protection of homes from the elements, which helps our customers save energy and money.”

Plant Some Shade events for customers to pick up their trees will be held in April in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Iowa City and Waterloo. Pickup events in May will be held in Clarksville, Des Moines, Fort Dodge and Indianola.

The program is administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Forestry Bureau and implemented by numerous local partners throughout the state. “This is a wonderful opportunity for homeowners to purchase high-quality trees at an excellent price,” said Evan Miller, partnership coordinator with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “Spring is an ideal time to plant new trees. The season’s warm days and cool nights are perfect for establishment and root growth.”

For more information about the program, contact Evan Miller at 515-725-8455. To order, please visit www.midamericanenergy.com/iowa_plantsomeshade and follow the instructions provided under the Plant Some Shade heading.

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, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.