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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.

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 – (Nov. 17, 2016) – With low temperatures expected to reach the 20s this weekend, MidAmerican Energy Company wants customers to take steps now to winterize their homes.

According to a report released by the United States Department of Energy in early October, customers could pay more to heat their homes this winter compared to last winter due to higher natural gas prices and lower temperatures. MidAmerican Energy observes that current natural gas futures prices for this winter are nearly 40 percent higher than comparable prices observed last winter.

“Our warmer-than-normal fall weather may be coming to an end,” said Brian Wiese, director, gas portfolio planning and trading, for MidAmerican Energy. “Last year, temperatures throughout the winter were much warmer than normal and natural gas prices were near historic lows. That may not be the case this year. If we see more normal winter weather this year, as current forecasts suggest, furnaces are going to run more than they did last year. Fortunately, there are several things customers can do to help reduce their heating costs.”

Get a HomeCheck®
The first step in learning how to lower your monthly bill and become more energy efficient is through MidAmerican Energy’s free energy assessment program, HomeCheck. During a HomeCheck, an energy expert inspects your home and examines things like your heating and cooling systems, appliances, insulation levels, lighting, windows and doors and will provide a report on how you can improve the energy efficiency of your home.

Customers with homes more than 10 years old whose primary heat source is delivered by MidAmerican Energy are eligible to participate in a HomeCheck. Customers with newer homes can participate in an online home energy assessment that provides energy saving tips and compares your energy use to similar homes. To schedule a free, on-site HomeCheck, fill out a form online or call 800-545-0762.

All customers can improve the energy efficiency of their homes by implementing these five no- or low-cost tips:

1. Make sure your home is weatherized. Use weather stripping and caulk to seal air leaks and block drafts around doors, windows and chimneys as well as in the basement and attic. Check for other potential air leaks in dropped ceilings, soffits above cabinets, electrical outlets, wiring bypasses and gaps in plumbing.
2. Service your furnace. A yearly tune-up by a licensed contractor can ensure that your heating system is running efficiently and safely.
3. Change your filters regularly. A clean filter ensures efficient airflow while maintaining the air quality and comfort of your home. A clogged air filter will make your furnace work harder to keep your home warm.
4. Keep your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower in the winter. For every degree above 68, you’ll increase your energy use by approximately four percent over a 24-hour period.
5. Install a programmable thermostat that automatically lowers the temperature when you’re asleep or away.

Need weatherization assistance? See if you qualify for a federally-funded program
Low-income individuals who may not be able to afford energy efficiency renovations, such as replacing a furnace or installing insulation, may qualify for the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program. Eligibility for the program is based on income and whether a household is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Family Investment Program (FIP) Assistance. To learn more about the program or apply for assistance, visit the local community action agency outreach office in your county.

For more information on how to prepare your home for winter, visit: https://www.midamericanenergy.com/rebates-energy.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 – (Nov. 3, 2016) – With daylight saving time just around the corner on Sunday, there’s no better time for consumers to make the switch to LED light bulbs.

“During the winter months, there’s less daylight, so our lights are on longer,” said Tina Yoder, MidAmerican Energy director of energy efficiency. “By switching to LED bulbs, which are generally more energy efficient and last longer than incandescent ones, customers can save energy and money while still keeping their winter days bright. But, it’s important to note that not all LEDs are created equal.”

Yoder said there are many different models of LEDs on the market, so when purchasing LEDs, consumers should look for two things to ensure they’re getting the highest quality bulb: the ENERGY STAR label and the Be Bright image. Low-quality, non-ENERGY STAR bulbs may be cheaper at the register but more expensive in the long run due to poor light quality and a shorter life span. Consumers don’t have to sacrifice a reasonable price for high-quality bulbs. The Be Bright program provides ENERGY STAR certified bulbs at a discounted price. The Be Bright label indicates that a discount is already included in the price tag.

ENERGY STAR guarantees energy savings, quality and long life
The blue ENERGY STAR logo is an easy way to identify that a bulb meets the following performance standards:

• Exceptional energy efficiency - uses at least 80 percent less energy than an incandescent bulb and won’t use energy when the bulb is turned off
• Longer life - delivers a minimum three-year warranty and lasts up to 25 times longer than an incandescent
• Excellent color quality and light output
• Verified compliance with more than 20 industry standards and procedures
• Rigorous, independent third-party testing and real-world stress testing
• UL-listed for fire safety – must meet stringent Underwriters Laboratories safety standards similar to those for fire and CO2 detectors

Be Bright Program: Get ENERGY STAR quality at a low price
Be Bright is a lighting buy-down program for Iowa consumers sponsored by MidAmerican Energy Company. Consumers should look for the Be Bright logo at their participating local lighting retailer to know they’re getting high-quality ENERGY STAR bulbs at a special low price. There are no rebates or paperwork hassles; the in-store price includes a substantial discount. To learn more about the Be Bright program, or to find a participating retailer, visit www.iowabebright.com.

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 – (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.

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 – (Oct. 5, 2016) – Winter is quickly approaching, so MidAmerican Energy Company wants to remind customers that applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are being accepted now in Iowa for the elderly and disabled. All other qualified individuals can begin applying Nov. 1.

LIHEAP is a federally-funded energy assistance program designed to help low-income families who are having trouble paying their heating bills. Last year, approximately 90,000 households in Iowa received benefits from LIHEAP. The average payment was $445 per household.

“During the bitter, cold days of winter, LIHEAP helps to keep the heat on for those in our community who need it most,” said Terry Ousley, vice president of customer satisfaction for MidAmerican Energy. “The reality is, when temperatures drop, energy consumption rises and in turn, bills go up. This results in difficult decisions for some, such as choosing between staying warm and buying groceries. We encourage all customers who think they may have challenges paying their bills this winter to apply for LIHEAP or call us to learn about our different payment options.”

LIHEAP funds are received in the form of a grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Community action agencies throughout each state process applications and administer the funds. Grants are determined based on household income, household size, type of primary heating fuel, type of housing, and other factors that assure households with the greatest need will receive the highest level of assistance. To be eligible, the total household income for an applicant must be at or below 175 percent of the 2015 federal poverty guidelines. For example, a single-person household can qualify with an annual gross income of $20,790 and a family of four can qualify with an annual gross income of $42,525.

Customers are encouraged to sign up early for LIHEAP to ensure they receive the assistance they need. LIHEAP application forms are available at any community action agency. For more information watch a video on LIHEAP or visit: https://humanrights.iowa.gov/dcaa/liheap.

Don’t qualify for LIHEAP?
MidAmerican Energy customers who are not eligible for LIHEAP but are having difficulties managing their energy bills should call MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 to discuss the company’s many payment and billing options, including Budget Billing. Budget Billing spreads your annual energy costs out evenly throughout the year, so you pay the same amount each month. While Budget Billing is not a discount program and offers no savings or lower rates, you do get the convenience of a consistent, predictable bill.

Want to help someone stay warm this winter?
Customers who want to help those in need stay warm this winter should consider donating to MidAmerican Energy’s I CARE program.

I CARE raises funds for local community action agencies to assist customers who qualify for LIHEAP. I CARE funds come from customer donations, with a 25 percent match from MidAmerican Energy. Every dollar given goes directly toward providing assistance to those in need; money is not used by the company. Donations are tax-deductible and stay within the benefactor’s community.

Giving to I CARE is as simple as adding a dollar amount to your monthly MidAmerican Energy bill and noting on the bill stub or online that the overpayment should be applied to I CARE. Customers can also contribute by filling out an online pledge form and making a one-time or recurring donation.

In addition to I CARE, individuals looking to support a family member, friend or neighbor in need can make a phone payment to be applied directly to that customer’s account by calling MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632. Payments can be made anonymously, or MidAmerican Energy can send the recipient a gift receipt. There is no charge to either the giver or receiver for this service.

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 – (Oct. 4, 2016) – MidAmerican Energy Company received the highest ranking among energy companies in the Midwest-Large region for overall customer satisfaction according to the J.D. Power Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study.

Overall residential customer satisfaction was measured by examining six factors: safety and reliability; billing and payment; price; corporate citizenship; communications; and customer service.

“We approach every day with our customers top of mind, so having them recognize us as the best is a tremendous compliment,” said Adam Wright, MidAmerican Energy vice president of gas delivery. “Our employees deserve the credit for being committed to providing this essential service in a safe, reliable and affordable fashion.”

In the J.D. Power study, MidAmerican Energy received a score of 731 on a 1,000-point scale – a 37 point improvement from last year. This ranking places the company in the top six percent of natural gas companies nationally for customer satisfaction. Results of the study were based on more than 62,000 online interviews conducted between September 2015 and July 2016 with residential customers of 82 large and midsize natural gas companies in the U.S.

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 – (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.

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 – (Nov. 17, 2016) – With low temperatures expected to reach the 20s this weekend, MidAmerican Energy Company wants customers to take steps now to winterize their homes.

According to a report released by the United States Department of Energy in early October, customers could pay more to heat their homes this winter compared to last winter due to higher natural gas prices and lower temperatures. MidAmerican Energy observes that current natural gas futures prices for this winter are nearly 40 percent higher than comparable prices observed last winter.

“Our warmer-than-normal fall weather may be coming to an end,” said Brian Wiese, director, gas portfolio planning and trading, for MidAmerican Energy. “Last year, temperatures throughout the winter were much warmer than normal and natural gas prices were near historic lows. That may not be the case this year. If we see more normal winter weather this year, as current forecasts suggest, furnaces are going to run more than they did last year. Fortunately, there are several things customers can do to help reduce their heating costs.”

Get a HomeCheck®
The first step in learning how to lower your monthly bill and become more energy efficient is through MidAmerican Energy’s free energy assessment program, HomeCheck. During a HomeCheck, an energy expert inspects your home and examines things like your heating and cooling systems, appliances, insulation levels, lighting, windows and doors and will provide a report on how you can improve the energy efficiency of your home.

Customers with homes more than 10 years old whose primary heat source is delivered by MidAmerican Energy are eligible to participate in a HomeCheck. Customers with newer homes can participate in an online home energy assessment that provides energy saving tips and compares your energy use to similar homes. To schedule a free, on-site HomeCheck, fill out a form online or call 800-545-0762.

All customers can improve the energy efficiency of their homes by implementing these five no- or low-cost tips:

1. Make sure your home is weatherized. Use weather stripping and caulk to seal air leaks and block drafts around doors, windows and chimneys as well as in the basement and attic. Check for other potential air leaks in dropped ceilings, soffits above cabinets, electrical outlets, wiring bypasses and gaps in plumbing.
2. Service your furnace. A yearly tune-up by a licensed contractor can ensure that your heating system is running efficiently and safely.
3. Change your filters regularly. A clean filter ensures efficient airflow while maintaining the air quality and comfort of your home. A clogged air filter will make your furnace work harder to keep your home warm.
4. Keep your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower in the winter. For every degree above 68, you’ll increase your energy use by approximately four percent over a 24-hour period.
5. Install a programmable thermostat that automatically lowers the temperature when you’re asleep or away.

Need weatherization assistance? See if you qualify for a federally-funded program
Low-income individuals who may not be able to afford energy efficiency renovations, such as replacing a furnace or installing insulation, may qualify for the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program. Eligibility for the program is based on income and whether a household is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Family Investment Program (FIP) Assistance. To learn more about the program or apply for assistance, visit the local community action agency outreach office in your county.

For more information on how to prepare your home for winter, visit: https://www.midamericanenergy.com/rebates-energy.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 – (Nov. 3, 2016) – With daylight saving time just around the corner on Sunday, there’s no better time for consumers to make the switch to LED light bulbs.

“During the winter months, there’s less daylight, so our lights are on longer,” said Tina Yoder, MidAmerican Energy director of energy efficiency. “By switching to LED bulbs, which are generally more energy efficient and last longer than incandescent ones, customers can save energy and money while still keeping their winter days bright. But, it’s important to note that not all LEDs are created equal.”

Yoder said there are many different models of LEDs on the market, so when purchasing LEDs, consumers should look for two things to ensure they’re getting the highest quality bulb: the ENERGY STAR label and the Be Bright image. Low-quality, non-ENERGY STAR bulbs may be cheaper at the register but more expensive in the long run due to poor light quality and a shorter life span. Consumers don’t have to sacrifice a reasonable price for high-quality bulbs. The Be Bright program provides ENERGY STAR certified bulbs at a discounted price. The Be Bright label indicates that a discount is already included in the price tag.

ENERGY STAR guarantees energy savings, quality and long life
The blue ENERGY STAR logo is an easy way to identify that a bulb meets the following performance standards:

• Exceptional energy efficiency - uses at least 80 percent less energy than an incandescent bulb and won’t use energy when the bulb is turned off
• Longer life - delivers a minimum three-year warranty and lasts up to 25 times longer than an incandescent
• Excellent color quality and light output
• Verified compliance with more than 20 industry standards and procedures
• Rigorous, independent third-party testing and real-world stress testing
• UL-listed for fire safety – must meet stringent Underwriters Laboratories safety standards similar to those for fire and CO2 detectors

Be Bright Program: Get ENERGY STAR quality at a low price
Be Bright is a lighting buy-down program for Iowa consumers sponsored by MidAmerican Energy Company. Consumers should look for the Be Bright logo at their participating local lighting retailer to know they’re getting high-quality ENERGY STAR bulbs at a special low price. There are no rebates or paperwork hassles; the in-store price includes a substantial discount. To learn more about the Be Bright program, or to find a participating retailer, visit www.iowabebright.com.

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 – (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.

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 – (Oct. 5, 2016) – Winter is quickly approaching, so MidAmerican Energy Company wants to remind customers that applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are being accepted now in Iowa for the elderly and disabled. All other qualified individuals can begin applying Nov. 1.

LIHEAP is a federally-funded energy assistance program designed to help low-income families who are having trouble paying their heating bills. Last year, approximately 90,000 households in Iowa received benefits from LIHEAP. The average payment was $445 per household.

“During the bitter, cold days of winter, LIHEAP helps to keep the heat on for those in our community who need it most,” said Terry Ousley, vice president of customer satisfaction for MidAmerican Energy. “The reality is, when temperatures drop, energy consumption rises and in turn, bills go up. This results in difficult decisions for some, such as choosing between staying warm and buying groceries. We encourage all customers who think they may have challenges paying their bills this winter to apply for LIHEAP or call us to learn about our different payment options.”

LIHEAP funds are received in the form of a grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Community action agencies throughout each state process applications and administer the funds. Grants are determined based on household income, household size, type of primary heating fuel, type of housing, and other factors that assure households with the greatest need will receive the highest level of assistance. To be eligible, the total household income for an applicant must be at or below 175 percent of the 2015 federal poverty guidelines. For example, a single-person household can qualify with an annual gross income of $20,790 and a family of four can qualify with an annual gross income of $42,525.

Customers are encouraged to sign up early for LIHEAP to ensure they receive the assistance they need. LIHEAP application forms are available at any community action agency. For more information watch a video on LIHEAP or visit: https://humanrights.iowa.gov/dcaa/liheap.

Don’t qualify for LIHEAP?
MidAmerican Energy customers who are not eligible for LIHEAP but are having difficulties managing their energy bills should call MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 to discuss the company’s many payment and billing options, including Budget Billing. Budget Billing spreads your annual energy costs out evenly throughout the year, so you pay the same amount each month. While Budget Billing is not a discount program and offers no savings or lower rates, you do get the convenience of a consistent, predictable bill.

Want to help someone stay warm this winter?
Customers who want to help those in need stay warm this winter should consider donating to MidAmerican Energy’s I CARE program.

I CARE raises funds for local community action agencies to assist customers who qualify for LIHEAP. I CARE funds come from customer donations, with a 25 percent match from MidAmerican Energy. Every dollar given goes directly toward providing assistance to those in need; money is not used by the company. Donations are tax-deductible and stay within the benefactor’s community.

Giving to I CARE is as simple as adding a dollar amount to your monthly MidAmerican Energy bill and noting on the bill stub or online that the overpayment should be applied to I CARE. Customers can also contribute by filling out an online pledge form and making a one-time or recurring donation.

In addition to I CARE, individuals looking to support a family member, friend or neighbor in need can make a phone payment to be applied directly to that customer’s account by calling MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632. Payments can be made anonymously, or MidAmerican Energy can send the recipient a gift receipt. There is no charge to either the giver or receiver for this service.

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 – (Oct. 4, 2016) – MidAmerican Energy Company received the highest ranking among energy companies in the Midwest-Large region for overall customer satisfaction according to the J.D. Power Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study.

Overall residential customer satisfaction was measured by examining six factors: safety and reliability; billing and payment; price; corporate citizenship; communications; and customer service.

“We approach every day with our customers top of mind, so having them recognize us as the best is a tremendous compliment,” said Adam Wright, MidAmerican Energy vice president of gas delivery. “Our employees deserve the credit for being committed to providing this essential service in a safe, reliable and affordable fashion.”

In the J.D. Power study, MidAmerican Energy received a score of 731 on a 1,000-point scale – a 37 point improvement from last year. This ranking places the company in the top six percent of natural gas companies nationally for customer satisfaction. Results of the study were based on more than 62,000 online interviews conducted between September 2015 and July 2016 with residential customers of 82 large and midsize natural gas companies in the U.S.

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.