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MidAmerican Energy program makes high-quality trees available to Iowa customers

DES MOINES, Iowa – (Sept. 14, 2017) – Iowa residential customers of MidAmerican Energy Company have the opportunity to purchase high-quality trees for only $30 through the company’s Plant Some Shade® program.

The program is a partnership initiative that promotes long-term energy and natural resource conservation through tree planting. Strategically placed deciduous trees provide shade on hot summer days, easing the cooling load on air conditioners, while conifers shield homes from blustery winter winds.

Customers can purchase up to two trees for a discounted price of $30 each. The trees, which normally retail for $65 or more, are sold on a first-come, first-served basis; advance purchase is required. A variety of shade trees, low-growing ornamental trees and conifers are being offered. Order formscan be downloaded from the company’s website.

“Encouraging residents to plant trees around their homes is an effective way to promote energy efficiency and environmental beautification,” said Chuck Rea, MidAmerican Energy director of energy efficiency. “Trees provide year-round protection of homes from the elements, which helps our customers save energy and money.”

Plant Some Shade events for customers to pick up their trees will be held Oct. 5 in Sioux City, Oct. 12 in Waukee, Oct. 14 in Eddyville, Oct. 18 in Grimes and Oct. 21 in Des Moines. The Waukee and Eddyville locations are new additions to the Plant Some Shade program in 2017.

The program is administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Forestry Bureau and implemented by numerous local partners throughout the state. “This is a wonderful opportunity for homeowners to purchase high-quality trees at an excellent price,” said Evan Miller, partnership coordinator with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “Fall is an ideal time to plant new trees. The season’s warm days and cool nights are perfect for establishment and root growth.”

For more information about the program, call 800-434-4017 or visit MidAmerican Energy’s Plant Trees, Save Energy web page.

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.