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MidAmerican Energy to convert streetlights to LED, saving energy and money

DES MOINES, Iowa – (Aug. 14, 2015) – Streetlights throughout Iowa will soon become brighter, more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, thanks to a new initiative led by MidAmerican Energy Company.

MidAmerican Energy is upgrading more than 100,000 of its streetlights in Iowa to Light Emitting Diode (LED) units beginning this month and continuing during the next 10 years, a move expected to save cities energy and money.

LED streetlights consume approximately 35 to 50 percent less energy, depending on the type and size, than the current High Pressure Sodium streetlight systems. Their long life spans also result in less maintenance costs, fewer streetlight outages and increased reliability. Visibly, LEDs produce a bright, white light that improves the ability to see colors at night. They also cast a more uniform light that is emitted directionally rather than spilling into the sky or nearby windows.

The conversion project will be paid for by MidAmerican Energy, with no cost to municipalities unless they opt for an accelerated installation plan.

“This is a true partnership between MidAmerican Energy and our communities as we work together to show our commitment to energy efficiency and cost savings as well as contribute to a greener environment," said Kathryn Kunert, vice president, business and community development for MidAmerican Energy.

Kunert said that because LEDs use less energy, power plants generate less, thus reducing carbon dioxide emissions. MidAmerican Energy expects approximately 32 million kilowatt-hours of electricity will be saved annually once its 100,000-plus streetlights are converted to LEDs. This represents a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of approximately 22,000 tons – the same as removing 4,681 average cars off the street every year.

All Iowa cities in MidAmerican Energy’s service territory will be transitioned to LED streetlights concurrently as existing HPS streetlights fail. City-owned streetlights or those owned by other utilities are not part of the project.

For more information about MidAmerican Energy’s LED streetlight conversion project, visit our website.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company provides electric service to 746,000 customers and natural gas service to 726,000 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.