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MidAmerican Energy Keeps Drake Relays’ Clean Energy Goals on Track

DES MOINES, Iowa – (April 25, 2017) – When it came time to plan the 108th Annual Drake Relays, presented by Hy-Vee, organizers had one last hurdle to clear – keeping the lights on without worrying about the environmental impact. Fortunately, MidAmerican Energy Company is the perfect partner to help run the Relays.

Drake University will use renewable energy certificates donated from MidAmerican Energy’s Pomeroy wind farm, located in Pocahontas and Calhoun counties in Iowa, to offset 100% of the electricity the Relays will use. This is the fourth-straight year MidAmerican Energy has partnered with Drake to deliver clean energy to the Relays.

“We’re pleased to again join with our partners at MidAmerican Energy to have the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee powered by renewable energy produced right here in Iowa,” said Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays. “Every year, the Drake Relays brings the finest professional, collegiate and Iowa high school athletes to Drake Stadium and we’re proud that MidAmerican Energy will use their renewable energy to shine a light on those stellar athletes and their performances during the four days of competition at the Drake Relays.”

“We’re proud to continue providing clean, renewable energy for our friends at the Drake Relays,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy. “Also, our presence at the Drake Relays gives fans a chance to ‘discus’ all the ways wind energy can benefit them.”

When it comes to wind energy, MidAmerican Energy sets the bar higher. MidAmerican Energy recently announced the first two sites for the Wind XI development, a $3.6 billion investment which when completed will bring 2,000 more megawatts of wind energy generation to the state of Iowa – without requesting an increase in customers’ rates to pay for it. This project gets MidAmerican Energy even closer to the finish line of its vision of 100% renewable energy for customers in the seats at Drake Stadium and across the service territory.

Go Blue! Be Green!

About the Drake Relays, presented by Hy-Vee
For one week a year, the Drake Relays, presented by Hy-Vee, brings together Iowa’s top high school athletes with the best collegiate and Olympic performers from across the nation and around the world. Every April at historic Drake Stadium, the competition is fierce, the athletes spectacular and the performances legendary. Fans have packed the stands for 107 runnings, witnessing the fall of 14 world records, 51 American records and 56 national collegiate records. It is this combination of unmatched atmosphere and the spirit of competition that truly makes the Drake Relays America’s Athletic Classic. For more information, visit

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 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.