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Principal Park goes green Aug. 8-9 for Wind Games sponsored by Iowa Cubs and MidAmerican Energy

DES MOINES, Iowa – (Aug. 4, 2016) – MidAmerican Energy will power the Iowa Cubs’ Aug. 8-9 games against Oklahoma City with clean, renewable wind energy, marking the first Wind Games at Principal Park.

MidAmerican Energy is sponsoring the games by donating renewable energy credits from its Pomeroy wind farm, located in Pocahontas and Calhoun counties in Iowa, to cover 100 percent of the electricity used during the games.

“Supplying the Iowa Cubs with renewable energy credits created by our wind is a great way to showcase the value of wind energy in Iowa,” said Spencer Moore, vice president of generation for MidAmerican Energy. “Our partnership with the Iowa Cubs gives fans a chance to learn more about wind energy and the benefits it offers for customers, communities, the environment and the state’s economy.”

Videos showing the construction of MidAmerican Energy wind turbines will play on the big screen at Principal Park during pre-game activities. MidAmerican Energy will give away 500 reusable grocery bags to the first fans through the gate. Louie the Lightning Bug, MidAmerican Energy’s safety mascot, will join Cubby Bear in a variety of activities, including throwing out the first pitch.

“MidAmerican Energy is a long-time supporter of the Iowa Cubs, and we’re proud to partner with them to bring greater awareness to the environmental benefits of wind,” said Sam Bernabe, president and general manager of the Iowa Cubs. “Using wind energy to power Principal Park for these two games represents a reduction of approximately 22 tons of carbon dioxide emissions – roughly equivalent to the emissions produced from nearly 2,500 gallons of gasoline.”

MidAmerican Energy owns and operates more wind turbines than any other regulated energy company in the nation. Earlier this year, the company announced plans for the construction of up to 2,000 megawatts of additional wind generation in Iowa. If approved by the Iowa Utilities Board, the project will allow MidAmerican Energy to produce wind energy that is equivalent to 85 percent of its Iowa customers’ annual energy usage by the end of the decade, bringing the company within striking distance of its vision of 100 percent renewable energy for its Iowa customers.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 752,000 electric customers and 733,000 natural gas 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.