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Construction Completed on New Transmission Line in Northeast Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa – (Oct. 31, 2016) – Construction has been completed on a new high-voltage transmission line built by MidAmerican Energy Company in Franklin, Butler and Black Hawk counties. The main reason for the new infrastructure is to build a smarter and more reliable energy grid.

The 345-kilovolt transmission line, known as Multi-Value Project 4, spans 71 miles in northeast Iowa from Hampton to a location just east of Waterloo. In addition to the new line, the company expanded a substation in Black Hawk County and upgraded the existing transmission lines along the same route. Construction crews replaced two- and three-pole wood structures with single-pole steel structures, meaning fewer power poles per mile, less need for maintenance, and more land available for farming.

“By updating the energy grid, we can better serve our customers,” said Steve Ambrose, project manager, high-voltage transmission, for MidAmerican Energy. “Over the years our population has grown and so have our energy demands. Bigger houses, more technology and more appliances have led to increased energy use. By building new transmission lines, we can meet these demands and provide more reliable service to customers. A smarter energy grid will also carry and deliver more wind energy through Iowa and, ultimately, to our customers.”

In addition to updating the energy grid, Ambrose said the project has created economic benefits for local communities, including the use of locally made goods and services to build the project, landowner easement payments, and an increase in annual property tax payments to local counties.

Although the project is substantially complete, residents in Franklin, Butler and Black Hawk counties will still see crews working in the area to remove materials, clean up and restore land affected by construction.

In 2011, the Midcontinent Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc. unanimously approved the organization’s Transmission Expansion Plan. It is a comprehensive long-term regional plan for the energy grid that will benefit consumers throughout the Midwest. MidAmerican Energy is assisting with the construction of four of the 17 Multi-Value Projects included in the MISO plan.

In addition to MVP 4, other projects MidAmerican Energy is working on include: MVP 3, a 121-mile line through Clay, Humboldt, Kossuth, O'Brien, Palo Alto and Webster counties in Iowa; MVP 7, a 27-mile line through Appanoose, Davis and Wapello counties in Iowa; and MVP 16, a 33-mile line through Henry, Knox, Mercer and Rock Island counties in Illinois.

Construction of MVP 3 is expected to be complete in December, while MVP 16 and MVP 7 are scheduled for completion by mid-2017 and mid-2018, respectively.

For more information, view MidAmerican Energy’s Multi-Value Project brochure.

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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.