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DES MOINES, Iowa – (Sept. 28, 2016) – Today, MidAmerican Energy Company received approval from the city of Cedar Rapids to begin gas service restorations for properties located outside of the revised evacuation area.

“Our customers have been extremely helpful and accommodating over the last several days, and we understand that restoring natural gas service is critical to resuming everyday life,” said Adam Wright, MidAmerican Energy vice president, gas delivery. “We are currently restoring natural gas service to those outside the revised evacuation zone. We will work safely and quickly to restore natural gas service to all affected customers.”

The city of Cedar Rapids has posted the revised evacuation zone map to its website at www.cedar-rapids.org/. Currently, MidAmerican Energy is restoring gas service only to homes and businesses located outside of the revised evacuation zone.

Due to the large number of customers who had gas service turned off, Wright said the restoration process is expected to take several days. There is no charge to restore natural gas service that was disconnected due to flooding.

Shortly after entry is permitted in the revised flood evacuation area, MidAmerican Energy will contact customers by an automated phone message to let them know restoration efforts are underway in their neighborhood. If a property did not sustain flood damage, MidAmerican Energy will need access to the building to restore gas service and light pilots on appliances. If access is not available when crews arrive, MidAmerican Energy will leave a door tag with information asking customers to contact the company to set up an appointment for service restoration. The phone number is 888-427-5632.

If water damage did occur, customers must hire a licensed mechanical or plumbing contractor to repair any damaged equipment or appliances, including air testing gas piping before gas service can be restored. Gas furnaces, water heaters and appliances that were submerged in water are considered dangerous and not safe to use.

Follow these tips to stay safe after flooding:

• If you smell natural gas, do not enter the building. Leave the premises immediately. Do not use a cell phone until you have reached a safe location. From the safe location, call MidAmerican Energy’s gas emergency number at 800-595-5325 to report the odor.

• If your home was flooded, call a professional appliance repair contractor, plumber or heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) dealer to inspect appliances, water heaters, and heating and cooling systems. Do not start HVAC systems or other gas appliances that have come in contact with water. Do not attempt to restore gas service yourself. Serious damage or life-threatening injury can occur.

• Remember to Slam the Scam. Residents and business owners should beware of scammers and not pay anyone who offers to reconnect gas service. It’s expected that scammers will target flood victims by pretending to be MidAmerican Energy employees. Never give out personal information. If someone suspicious shows up at your home or business, ask to see identification. MidAmerican Energy employees carry an ID badge at all times.

• If customers have questions about the restoration of their natural gas service, they can call MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632.

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.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Sept. 13, 2016) – MidAmerican Energy Company hosted an open house today to celebrate its recently completed 28,000-square-foot line mechanic training facility in Des Moines. Coined the Center for Excellence, the state-of-the-art facility is designed to train future line mechanics to better service our customers.

The building features classroom settings and replicates MidAmerican Energy’s electric infrastructure with indoor and outdoor pole yards with over 100 power poles, a model neighborhood with aboveground and underground equipment, transformers and a manhole training area.

“We’re working closely with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 109 and 499 and area community colleges to provide a safe and realistic way for apprentice line mechanics to acquire the skills they need to manage today’s energy grid,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO, MidAmerican Energy. “Line mechanics are our first responders. They perform challenging and potentially dangerous work at the worst time and in the worst weather. High-quality training is incredibly important to keep our line mechanics safe on the job and maintain a high level of reliability for our customers.”

The apprenticeship program lasts two years and includes a mix of classroom instruction, lab work and field experience. Students must complete one year of a pre-apprentice program or line school before entering the program. As part of the program, the apprentices are helping build the indoor and outdoor pole yards. They install the poles, learn how to climb them and work with live lines.

MidAmerican Energy expects two classes of apprentices to begin the program this year. Each class will hold between 6 to 12 students. The company hopes to enroll three classes annually. The Center for Excellence will play an important role in helping to train the next generation of line mechanics as veteran workers retire. Nationally, the utility industry will turn over more than 50 percent of its workers in the next 5 to 10 years, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, and MidAmerican Energy is no different.

Trainers are helping employees learn and master the skills they need to manage today’s energy delivery system.

“This state-of-the-art facility demonstrates our commitment to investing in our people,” said Jim Dougherty, vice president, electric delivery for MidAmerican Energy. “Helping our employees become knowledgeable, engaged and empowered helps us to fulfill our vision of being the best energy provider in serving our customers.”

During the open house, guests were given a tour of the facility and invited to participate in a “rubber gloving” activity, in which they got to try on rubber gloves and equipment that line mechanics use to work on energized power lines. While the lines weren’t live, the guests got a glimpse into the challenging and precise work of a line mechanic.

Jerry Peek, director, environmental health, safety and training for MidAmerican Energy, said the training helps the apprentices quickly engage because they’re doing work that resembles the day-to-day job of a line mechanic, including using the same tools and equipment.

“Everyone can train safely,” he said. “The Center for Excellence is the link that allows training to be more realistic for line mechanics. They can sharpen their skills, test their knowledge and improve their safety skills so they’re ready to be in the field.”

For more information about a career at MidAmerican Energy Company or to search open positions, visit: https://www.midamericanenergy.com/available-positions.aspx.

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.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Sept. 1, 2016) – 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, 3- to 4-foot conifers or 5- to 8-foot landscape trees – for a discounted price of $30 each – with the remaining cost funded through a grant from MidAmerican Energy. 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 forms can 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 Tina Yoder, 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 Sept. 28 in Waukee, Oct. 13 in Sioux City, Oct. 15 in Oskaloosa and Oct. 22 in Des Moines.

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.

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.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Aug. 26, 2016) – MidAmerican Energy Company received the final order from the Iowa Utilities Board for Wind XI today. The board’s action is a positive step toward the company’s 100 percent renewable vision.

“This is an exciting day for our customers, the state of Iowa and MidAmerican Energy,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy. “We thank the board for its support and for moving quickly to deliver this ruling.”

MidAmerican Energy announced plans for Wind XI in April 2016. Now that the Iowa Utilities Board has approved the project, the company is finalizing plans to begin construction of the 1,000 wind turbines, with completion expected by the end of 2019. Wind XI will add up to 2,000 megawatts of wind generation in Iowa and is the largest wind project MidAmerican Energy has ever undertaken. MidAmerican Energy is not asking for an increase in customer rates or financial assistance from the state to pay for it.

Wind XI will consist of multiple sites across Iowa, which are still being finalized. The wind sites will be placed into service over a three-year period, with the first sites being placed into service in 2017. The last sites will be placed into service in 2019.

“Wind energy helps us keep prices stable and more affordable for customers, provides jobs and economic benefits for communities and the state, and contributes to a cleaner environment for everyone,” Fehrman added.

The Wind XI project will generate more than $1.2 billion in landowner easement and property tax payments over the next 40 years. Additionally, during construction, it is expected that thousands of jobs will be added to Iowa’s economy and hundreds of new permanent jobs will be added when the expansion is complete.

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.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Aug. 18, 2016) – MidAmerican Energy Company is committed to delivering exceptional customer service. That’s why we are upgrading our automated telephone system to better serve those customers who want to pick up the phone and call us.

“Beginning Aug. 20, when you call MidAmerican Energy be sure to listen to the recorded phone instructions in the greeting because some options may have changed,” said Terry Ousley, vice president, customer satisfaction, MidAmerican Energy. “With the new system, customers can easily manage their business – whether it’s to quickly report an emergency or reach customer service to talk about their bill. The phone greeting explains the options available to customers. Additionally, the system makes it easier for customers to have menu selections repeated.”

Only the menu selections have changed; the customer service phone number has not. Customers can reach MidAmerican Energy by calling 1-888-427-5632.

Additionally, customers can do business with us securely online by creating a personal account at www.midamericanenergy.com. Customers can manage their MidAmerican Energy account anytime and from anywhere. It’s a one-stop shop for interacting with us, including viewing and paying energy bills, managing account preferences and keeping contact information up-to-date. Customers can also sign up for budget billing, email notifications and text alerts to receive outage updates, bill due date and past due reminders, or recurring payment reminders.

With nearly a third of customer visits to the MidAmerican Energy website originating from a mobile device like a smart phone or tablet, customers can log on the website from anywhere, and on any kind of device, and take care of business quickly and easily with just a few clicks.

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.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Aug. 10, 2016) – MidAmerican Energy Company will welcome fairgoers to its Visitors Center at the Iowa State Fair for activities on wind energy, robot demonstrations by FIRST® Tech Challenge students, hair-raising presentations by the Science Center of Iowa, special appearances by mascot Louie the Lightning Bug, and a safety selfie station.

Located under the wind turbine on Exposition Hill, the company will feature Turbine Talks at 10 a.m. starting Aug. 12 and continuing through the end of the Fair. Attendees can learn how wind turbines operate and about the company’s vision to reach 100 percent renewable energy for customers in Iowa. Inside the MidAmerican Energy Visitors Center, guests can view a monitor with real-time information about how much electricity the company’s wind farms are generating.

Robots will roam the MidAmerican Energy Visitors Center on Aug. 11, 16 and 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as FIRST Tech Challenge students display and operate their creations. FIRST Tech Challenge is a robotics program that combines the spirit of competition with science and technology. Students build robots, while engaging in science, technology, engineering and math. Through FIRST Tech Challenge, MidAmerican Energy supports and encourages students to pursue STEM education and STEM-related careers. The company sponsors several teams in its service area.

On Aug. 17 and 18, staff from the Science Center of Iowa will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to present “Simply Electrifying,” a demonstration on static electricity. The Science Center will talk with visitors about energy and how it impacts our daily lives.

Always a favorite among kids, Louie the Lightning Bug will make appearances Aug. 11, 16, and 18 at noon in the MidAmerican Energy Visitors Center. Free drawstring bags and coloring sheets featuring MidAmerican Energy’s “Slam the Scam” campaign will be handed out Aug. 11 and 16 to the first 2,000 kids through the doors.

Returning for the second year is MidAmerican Energy’s safety selfie station. Kids and adults alike can pose as a line mechanic by putting on safety gear and taking a selfie inside an electric bucket lift. Fairgoers can share the selfie on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #SafetySelfie. MidAmerican Energy will feature the pictures on its social media pages.

The MidAmerican Energy Visitors Center is located on Exposition Hill under the wind turbine and near the MidAmerican Energy Stage. The building is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Geothermal energy helps to keep the Visitors Center cool during the Fair. The outside of the Visitors Center is retrofitted with LED screens that will broadcast videos, informational messaging and events taking place on the MidAmerican Energy Stage.

For updates and happenings during the Iowa State Fair, follow MidAmerican Energy on Facebook and Twitter.

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.
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.

DES MOINES, Iowa – (Sept. 28, 2016) – Today, MidAmerican Energy Company received approval from the city of Cedar Rapids to begin gas service restorations for properties located outside of the revised evacuation area.

“Our customers have been extremely helpful and accommodating over the last several days, and we understand that restoring natural gas service is critical to resuming everyday life,” said Adam Wright, MidAmerican Energy vice president, gas delivery. “We are currently restoring natural gas service to those outside the revised evacuation zone. We will work safely and quickly to restore natural gas service to all affected customers.”

The city of Cedar Rapids has posted the revised evacuation zone map to its website at www.cedar-rapids.org/. Currently, MidAmerican Energy is restoring gas service only to homes and businesses located outside of the revised evacuation zone.

Due to the large number of customers who had gas service turned off, Wright said the restoration process is expected to take several days. There is no charge to restore natural gas service that was disconnected due to flooding.

Shortly after entry is permitted in the revised flood evacuation area, MidAmerican Energy will contact customers by an automated phone message to let them know restoration efforts are underway in their neighborhood. If a property did not sustain flood damage, MidAmerican Energy will need access to the building to restore gas service and light pilots on appliances. If access is not available when crews arrive, MidAmerican Energy will leave a door tag with information asking customers to contact the company to set up an appointment for service restoration. The phone number is 888-427-5632.

If water damage did occur, customers must hire a licensed mechanical or plumbing contractor to repair any damaged equipment or appliances, including air testing gas piping before gas service can be restored. Gas furnaces, water heaters and appliances that were submerged in water are considered dangerous and not safe to use.

Follow these tips to stay safe after flooding:

• If you smell natural gas, do not enter the building. Leave the premises immediately. Do not use a cell phone until you have reached a safe location. From the safe location, call MidAmerican Energy’s gas emergency number at 800-595-5325 to report the odor.

• If your home was flooded, call a professional appliance repair contractor, plumber or heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) dealer to inspect appliances, water heaters, and heating and cooling systems. Do not start HVAC systems or other gas appliances that have come in contact with water. Do not attempt to restore gas service yourself. Serious damage or life-threatening injury can occur.

• Remember to Slam the Scam. Residents and business owners should beware of scammers and not pay anyone who offers to reconnect gas service. It’s expected that scammers will target flood victims by pretending to be MidAmerican Energy employees. Never give out personal information. If someone suspicious shows up at your home or business, ask to see identification. MidAmerican Energy employees carry an ID badge at all times.

• If customers have questions about the restoration of their natural gas service, they can call MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632.

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.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Sept. 13, 2016) – MidAmerican Energy Company hosted an open house today to celebrate its recently completed 28,000-square-foot line mechanic training facility in Des Moines. Coined the Center for Excellence, the state-of-the-art facility is designed to train future line mechanics to better service our customers.

The building features classroom settings and replicates MidAmerican Energy’s electric infrastructure with indoor and outdoor pole yards with over 100 power poles, a model neighborhood with aboveground and underground equipment, transformers and a manhole training area.

“We’re working closely with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 109 and 499 and area community colleges to provide a safe and realistic way for apprentice line mechanics to acquire the skills they need to manage today’s energy grid,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO, MidAmerican Energy. “Line mechanics are our first responders. They perform challenging and potentially dangerous work at the worst time and in the worst weather. High-quality training is incredibly important to keep our line mechanics safe on the job and maintain a high level of reliability for our customers.”

The apprenticeship program lasts two years and includes a mix of classroom instruction, lab work and field experience. Students must complete one year of a pre-apprentice program or line school before entering the program. As part of the program, the apprentices are helping build the indoor and outdoor pole yards. They install the poles, learn how to climb them and work with live lines.

MidAmerican Energy expects two classes of apprentices to begin the program this year. Each class will hold between 6 to 12 students. The company hopes to enroll three classes annually. The Center for Excellence will play an important role in helping to train the next generation of line mechanics as veteran workers retire. Nationally, the utility industry will turn over more than 50 percent of its workers in the next 5 to 10 years, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, and MidAmerican Energy is no different.

Trainers are helping employees learn and master the skills they need to manage today’s energy delivery system.

“This state-of-the-art facility demonstrates our commitment to investing in our people,” said Jim Dougherty, vice president, electric delivery for MidAmerican Energy. “Helping our employees become knowledgeable, engaged and empowered helps us to fulfill our vision of being the best energy provider in serving our customers.”

During the open house, guests were given a tour of the facility and invited to participate in a “rubber gloving” activity, in which they got to try on rubber gloves and equipment that line mechanics use to work on energized power lines. While the lines weren’t live, the guests got a glimpse into the challenging and precise work of a line mechanic.

Jerry Peek, director, environmental health, safety and training for MidAmerican Energy, said the training helps the apprentices quickly engage because they’re doing work that resembles the day-to-day job of a line mechanic, including using the same tools and equipment.

“Everyone can train safely,” he said. “The Center for Excellence is the link that allows training to be more realistic for line mechanics. They can sharpen their skills, test their knowledge and improve their safety skills so they’re ready to be in the field.”

For more information about a career at MidAmerican Energy Company or to search open positions, visit: https://www.midamericanenergy.com/available-positions.aspx.

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.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Sept. 1, 2016) – 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, 3- to 4-foot conifers or 5- to 8-foot landscape trees – for a discounted price of $30 each – with the remaining cost funded through a grant from MidAmerican Energy. 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 forms can 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 Tina Yoder, 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 Sept. 28 in Waukee, Oct. 13 in Sioux City, Oct. 15 in Oskaloosa and Oct. 22 in Des Moines.

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.

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.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Aug. 26, 2016) – MidAmerican Energy Company received the final order from the Iowa Utilities Board for Wind XI today. The board’s action is a positive step toward the company’s 100 percent renewable vision.

“This is an exciting day for our customers, the state of Iowa and MidAmerican Energy,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy. “We thank the board for its support and for moving quickly to deliver this ruling.”

MidAmerican Energy announced plans for Wind XI in April 2016. Now that the Iowa Utilities Board has approved the project, the company is finalizing plans to begin construction of the 1,000 wind turbines, with completion expected by the end of 2019. Wind XI will add up to 2,000 megawatts of wind generation in Iowa and is the largest wind project MidAmerican Energy has ever undertaken. MidAmerican Energy is not asking for an increase in customer rates or financial assistance from the state to pay for it.

Wind XI will consist of multiple sites across Iowa, which are still being finalized. The wind sites will be placed into service over a three-year period, with the first sites being placed into service in 2017. The last sites will be placed into service in 2019.

“Wind energy helps us keep prices stable and more affordable for customers, provides jobs and economic benefits for communities and the state, and contributes to a cleaner environment for everyone,” Fehrman added.

The Wind XI project will generate more than $1.2 billion in landowner easement and property tax payments over the next 40 years. Additionally, during construction, it is expected that thousands of jobs will be added to Iowa’s economy and hundreds of new permanent jobs will be added when the expansion is complete.

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.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Aug. 18, 2016) – MidAmerican Energy Company is committed to delivering exceptional customer service. That’s why we are upgrading our automated telephone system to better serve those customers who want to pick up the phone and call us.

“Beginning Aug. 20, when you call MidAmerican Energy be sure to listen to the recorded phone instructions in the greeting because some options may have changed,” said Terry Ousley, vice president, customer satisfaction, MidAmerican Energy. “With the new system, customers can easily manage their business – whether it’s to quickly report an emergency or reach customer service to talk about their bill. The phone greeting explains the options available to customers. Additionally, the system makes it easier for customers to have menu selections repeated.”

Only the menu selections have changed; the customer service phone number has not. Customers can reach MidAmerican Energy by calling 1-888-427-5632.

Additionally, customers can do business with us securely online by creating a personal account at www.midamericanenergy.com. Customers can manage their MidAmerican Energy account anytime and from anywhere. It’s a one-stop shop for interacting with us, including viewing and paying energy bills, managing account preferences and keeping contact information up-to-date. Customers can also sign up for budget billing, email notifications and text alerts to receive outage updates, bill due date and past due reminders, or recurring payment reminders.

With nearly a third of customer visits to the MidAmerican Energy website originating from a mobile device like a smart phone or tablet, customers can log on the website from anywhere, and on any kind of device, and take care of business quickly and easily with just a few clicks.

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.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Aug. 10, 2016) – MidAmerican Energy Company will welcome fairgoers to its Visitors Center at the Iowa State Fair for activities on wind energy, robot demonstrations by FIRST® Tech Challenge students, hair-raising presentations by the Science Center of Iowa, special appearances by mascot Louie the Lightning Bug, and a safety selfie station.

Located under the wind turbine on Exposition Hill, the company will feature Turbine Talks at 10 a.m. starting Aug. 12 and continuing through the end of the Fair. Attendees can learn how wind turbines operate and about the company’s vision to reach 100 percent renewable energy for customers in Iowa. Inside the MidAmerican Energy Visitors Center, guests can view a monitor with real-time information about how much electricity the company’s wind farms are generating.

Robots will roam the MidAmerican Energy Visitors Center on Aug. 11, 16 and 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as FIRST Tech Challenge students display and operate their creations. FIRST Tech Challenge is a robotics program that combines the spirit of competition with science and technology. Students build robots, while engaging in science, technology, engineering and math. Through FIRST Tech Challenge, MidAmerican Energy supports and encourages students to pursue STEM education and STEM-related careers. The company sponsors several teams in its service area.

On Aug. 17 and 18, staff from the Science Center of Iowa will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to present “Simply Electrifying,” a demonstration on static electricity. The Science Center will talk with visitors about energy and how it impacts our daily lives.

Always a favorite among kids, Louie the Lightning Bug will make appearances Aug. 11, 16, and 18 at noon in the MidAmerican Energy Visitors Center. Free drawstring bags and coloring sheets featuring MidAmerican Energy’s “Slam the Scam” campaign will be handed out Aug. 11 and 16 to the first 2,000 kids through the doors.

Returning for the second year is MidAmerican Energy’s safety selfie station. Kids and adults alike can pose as a line mechanic by putting on safety gear and taking a selfie inside an electric bucket lift. Fairgoers can share the selfie on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #SafetySelfie. MidAmerican Energy will feature the pictures on its social media pages.

The MidAmerican Energy Visitors Center is located on Exposition Hill under the wind turbine and near the MidAmerican Energy Stage. The building is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Geothermal energy helps to keep the Visitors Center cool during the Fair. The outside of the Visitors Center is retrofitted with LED screens that will broadcast videos, informational messaging and events taking place on the MidAmerican Energy Stage.

For updates and happenings during the Iowa State Fair, follow MidAmerican Energy on Facebook and Twitter.

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.
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.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Aug. 1, 2016) – Today, MidAmerican Energy Company is launching its “Slam the Scam” awareness campaign to prevent customers from falling victim to energy scams.

On average, MidAmerican Energy receives approximately 100 reported scams each month, and this year, customers have reported losing nearly $9,000 dollars to scammers.

“Our message is simple,” said Terry Ousley, vice president of customer satisfaction for MidAmerican Energy. “If you receive a questionable phone call or if someone suspicious shows up at your home or business, slam down the phone or slam the door and immediately call MidAmerican Energy to check on your account, and call local police to report the scam.”

Ousley said scammers target all customers in all regions. “They’re bold, aggressive and use sophisticated tactics,” he said. “Once people start to catch on, the scammers move to a different area and change their approach. While we can’t stop their calls, we can educate our customers to try to make their attempts unsuccessful.”

One of the most common scams works like this: A scammer calls a customer pretending to be a MidAmerican Energy representative. Often, scammers “spoof” caller ID to make the call appear as if it is coming from MidAmerican Energy when it is not. The imposter tells the customer their account is past due and threatens to immediately disconnect service if they do not make a payment.

One of the biggest red-flags is the scammer demanding payment in the form of a credit card or prepaid debit card, often referred to as a Green Dot card, and wanting it quickly – sometimes in less than an hour. MidAmerican Energy does not accept prepaid debit cards as a way to pay bills, and they do not ask for credit card information over the phone.

“That is not how we operate,” said Ousley. “If someone is behind on payments, they will receive several notifications, including a notice in the mail, before disconnection takes place. We offer many payment options. Disconnection is a last resort, not a first step.”

Some scammers are even brave enough to approach customers in person, either by ringing their door bell or showing up at their business. The scammers may arrive in what looks like a MidAmerican Energy work vehicle, and they may wear official-looking vests or uniforms to appear like an energy worker. Typically, they threaten to disconnect power or claim that the customer needs a new energy meter in exchange for payment, or they pretend to be an energy auditor and offer to perform a home assessment. MidAmerican Energy does offer a free home assessment called HomeCheck®. These assessments are scheduled by the customer. Our energy experts do not show up unannounced.

MidAmerican Energy’s Slam the Scam campaign will use a variety of articles and videos as well as customer outreach and social media efforts to educate customers on scams and prevent them from being taken advantage of by scammers. A video and campaign information can be found on the Slam the Scam webpage.

If customers receive a call that sounds like a scam, or if someone suspicious shows up at their business or residence, they should Slam the Scam by hanging up or shutting the door and calling MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 and their local police.

Customers should follow these tips to protect themselves:

• Hang up if the caller insists on immediate payment using a prepaid debit card or Green Dot card.
• Ask to see identification from anyone who shows up at your door. MidAmerican Energy employees carry an employee ID badge at all times.
• Don’t trust the name and number on your caller ID. Use the number published on MidAmerican Energy’s website or in the phone book: 888-427-5632.

Help us spread the word; educate your family, friends and neighbors on what to do if they are faced with a scammer.

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.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (July 21, 2016) – As temperatures spike, so can electric demand. MidAmerican Energy Company issued a peak alert today and is asking customers to take five simple steps to conserve energy from 2 until 7 p.m.

Peak alerts are issued when temperatures hit the mid-to-high-90s and electricity use is expected to be at or near maximum levels.

MidAmerican Energy has sufficient generating capacity to meet this summer’s expected maximum, or peak demand, plus a reserve margin. However, during a peak alert, customers are asked to take simple steps to lower their electricity usage, which can help to reduce the potential for higher costs.

Customers are notified of peak alerts through radio announcements, news releases and the company’s Facebook and Twitter pages. MidAmerican Energy issues peak alerts only on weekdays, generally between June and September.

When a peak alert is issued, customers can implement these five steps to help reduce peak usage:

1. Wait till sundown: Limit clothes drying, baking and other heat-producing work with appliances to the morning or after 7 p.m.

2. Dial up: Setting your thermostat a few degrees higher can make a big difference - reducing electrical usage 3 to 5 percent for each degree. A setting of 78 degrees will keep you comfortable when it is more than 90 degrees outside. If you are not at home during the day, close the house and turn off the air conditioner.

3. Use fans: Fans use less energy than air conditioners and can boost the comfort from an air conditioner, increasing its efficiency. Use ceiling and portable fans to better circulate cool air throughout your home. Reverse the normal direction of ceiling fans to pull cool air up from the floor. Ventilate your attic with a thermostatically controlled fan.

4. Trim foliage outside: Keep your air conditioner unit clear of grass, weeds and shrubs to allow air to flow over its cooling coils. This will keep your air conditioner unit from working too hard.

5. Block sun: Close drapes, particularly those on west and south windows, to shut out direct sunlight.

For a complete list of energy saving tips, visit MidAmerican Energy’s website.

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.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (July 13, 2016) – For the ninth consecutive year, MidAmerican Energy Company’s residential customers have ranked the company highest for overall satisfaction in the Large-Midwest category in the 2016 J.D. Power Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM.

The 2016 study, released July 13, evaluated 137 electric utilities in the U.S. for overall residential customer satisfaction based on performance in six key areas: power quality and reliability; price; billing and payment; corporate citizenship; communications; and customer service. MidAmerican Energy once again took top honors in the Midwest Region-Large Segment with an overall satisfaction index score of 713 – 21 points higher than its 2015 score.

Terry Ousley, vice president, customer satisfaction for MidAmerican Energy, said the company’s outstanding showing in the J.D. Power rankings reflects an unwavering commitment to delivering safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy solutions for customers.

“We never lose sight of the fact that we provide an essential service to society, and we take that responsibility very seriously,” Ousley said. “All MidAmerican Energy employees understand that no matter what our individual job titles might be, our number-one priority is taking care of customers. Serving them is a privilege, and having them recognize our efforts for the ninth year in a row is the highest compliment we could receive.”

Results of the J.D. Power Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study are based on responses from a total of 101,138 online interviews conducted with residential utility customers between July 2015 and May 2016. MidAmerican Energy’s score of 713 on the 1,000-point scale was well above the 680 average of all residential electric utilities rated.

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.