MidAmerican Energy News
Iowa State vs. Texas Football Game Goes Green With Wind Energy
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Oct. 26, 2015) – MidAmerican Energy Company, ITC Midwest LLC (ITC), Cyclone Sports Properties, and Iowa State University Athletics are once again making Jack Trice Stadium “green” by offsetting 100 percent of the electricity used during Saturday’s football game against Texas with wind energy.
To offset the electricity used during the game, Cyclone Sports Properties will use renewable energy certificates donated from MidAmerican Energy’s Pomeroy wind farm, located in Pocahontas County, Iowa. This use of wind energy represents a reduction of approximately 22 tons of carbon dioxide emissions – roughly equivalent to the emissions produced from 2,277 gallons of gasoline.
The game is designed to bring awareness to the economic and environmental benefits of wind, and the Iowa State-Texas game is the perfect venue. Iowa and Texas lead the U.S. in wind energy generation, and Iowa derives a greater percentage of its electricity from wind than any other state.
“We’re proud to partner with ISU athletics to provide football fans with an opportunity to learn about the benefits of wind energy,” said Mike Gehringer, vice president, renewable energy for MidAmerican Energy. “Wind energy boosts economic development, contributes to a cleaner environment and helps keep electricity rates stable. By the end of the year, approximately 42 percent of MidAmerican Energy’s generation capacity will come from wind.”
“As the nation’s largest independent electric transmission company, ITC plays an essential part in making sure all power generators, including Iowa’s wind farms, have access to the regional electric transmission grid,” said Krista Tanner, ITC Midwest president. “This partnership is another way to draw attention to the role electric transmission and wind energy play in Iowa’s economy.”
MidAmerican Energy and ITC are joining Cyclone Sports Properties, Iowa State’s athletic multimedia rights holder, as corporate sponsors for the event. During the game, the groups will be recognized on the field for their leadership in wind energy, and will promote wind through radio interviews on the Cyclone Radio Network and in-game video board messaging.
MidAmerican Energy is No. 1 in the U.S. among rate-regulated utilities in terms of wind generation ownership. The company is nearing completion of major wind development projects currently underway in O’Brien and Adams counties in Iowa. By the end of this year, MidAmerican Energy will own and operate approximately 3,496 megawatts of wind generation capacity in Iowa.
Since its arrival in Iowa in 2007, ITC has completed 25 connections of new electric generators, allowing multiple wind energy developers to access the grid in Iowa and Minnesota. ITC has enabled approximately 2,650 megawatts of additional electric generation capacity to serve the region, most of it from wind energy.
Iowa State University’s football game against Texas begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames. The game will be televised on FS1.
Cyclone Sports Properties
Cyclone Sports Properties is a property of Learfield Sports, which manages multimedia rights for nearly 100 collegiate properties and titles the prestigious Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. The company’s multimedia rights encompass numerous content distribution platforms to deliver the passion of college athletics across radio, television and digital networks to fans globally. To learn more about Learfield’s 40-year history and collegiate portfolio, visit www.learfieldsports.com.
ITC Midwest LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. ITC Midwest operates more than 6,600 circuit miles of transmission lines in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Missouri and has utility status in Wisconsin. The company is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and maintains operating locations at Dubuque, Iowa City and Perry, Iowa; and Albert Lea and Lakefield, Minn.
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