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MidAmerican Energy Company Performs Tree Maintenance to Ensure Safety and Service Reliability this Winter

DES MOINES, Iowa – (Oct. 28, 2015) – MidAmerican Energy Company is trimming trees in order to improve the reliability of its electric service. While the company prunes trees all year long, fall is a crucial time as crews work to get ahead of winter storms.

“Falling trees or branches due to high winds or heavy snowfall cause up to 10 percent of all electrical outages,” said Jason Ewers, MidAmerican Energy manager of vegetation management. “Preventative tree care around wires and poles is vital to keeping our customers safe, protecting their property and keeping their lights on.”

Tree maintenance crews have been working this fall to trim trees in communities throughout the company’s service territory, including Bettendorf, Carroll, Clarinda, Council Bluffs, Correctionville, Davenport, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, Sioux City and Waterloo, Iowa, as well as East Moline and Silvis, Illinois.

“While our goal is to provide safe and reliable electric service, we also are committed to taking the best care of one of our most valuable natural resources,” said Ewers. “Our tree trimming efforts are founded on the industry’s top safety and pruning practices and designed to minimize negative impacts to a tree’s health. We place a high value on trees in our communities and trim only what’s necessary to protect our customers’ service and the health of the tree.”

MidAmerican Energy contracts with companies that specialize in utility tree trimming and crews are supervised by International Society of Arboriculture-certified arborists. When deciding to trim or remove a tree, the experts take into account several factors, such as the type and anticipated growth pattern of the tree, its relation to overhead power lines, its overall health and its movement in wind.

Customers are notified by mail approximately three weeks before work begins in their neighborhood. There is no service charge assessed to perform the work. If you are concerned about trees near power lines on your property, contact MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 or trees@midamerican.com.

According to Ewers, fall is also an ideal time to plant trees. In addition to beautifying your property, trees can reduce heating and cooling costs by providing shade in the summer and windbreak in the winter. MidAmerican Energy offers several tree planting programs, including Plant Some Shade for homeowners and Trees Please! grants for communities. More information about these programs is available on the company’s website.

Since 2001, MidAmerican Energy has been recognized as a Tree Line USA utility. Tree Line USA is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and recognizes public and private utilities across the nation that demonstrate practices that protect and enhance America’s urban forests.

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.