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Jolly Holiday Lights Powered By Wind Energy

DES MOINES, Iowa – (Nov. 30, 2016) – Jolly Holiday Lights, located at Adventureland Park's campgrounds in Altoona, will be powered by wind energy for the fifth consecutive year.

MidAmerican Energy Company is donating renewable energy certificates to Make-A-Wish® Iowa, organizer of Jolly Holiday Lights, to offset the electricity used by nearly 100 light displays nightly for six weeks. The renewable energy certificates will come from the company’s Pomeroy wind farm, located in Pocahontas County, Iowa, and will help to make Jolly Holiday Lights a green event.

“We’re proud to support a holiday tradition that benefits Iowa kids,” said Mike Fehr, vice president, resource development, for MidAmerican Energy. “By using renewable energy certificates for Jolly Holiday Lights, we’re able to support a great cause and contribute to a cleaner environment.”

In addition to utilizing wind energy, the majority of Jolly Holiday Lights’ exhibits use LED lights. LEDs use up to 75 percent less energy than incandescent lights, thus reducing carbon dioxide emissions. They also last longer and offer significant safety advantages compared to incandescent bulbs. MidAmerican Energy encourages all customers to save energy and money this holiday season by making the switch to LED holiday lights.

All proceeds from Jolly Holiday Lights benefit Make-A-Wish Iowa. Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish Iowa grants a wish every other day in the state of Iowa. The 2.5 mile holiday lights driving tour is open 5:30 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 1. Cost is $10 per car, $20 per limo or minibus and $45 per chartered bus. Tickets can be purchased online, at the gate, or at a Des Moines area Hy-Vee, Casey's, or the Make-A-Wish Iowa office.

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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.