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DES MOINES, Iowa – (July 12, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company today announced construction of a wind farm project to begin this month in west central Grundy County.

The Ivester wind farm includes 35 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines. It’s part of MidAmerican Energy’s Wind XI project, which the company announced in 2016.

When completed at the end of this year, Ivester will add 91 megawatts of wind generation capacity for MidAmerican Energy customers, or enough wind energy to power more than 38,000 average Iowa homes.

The wind farm will add approximately $875,000 in estimated average annual property taxes in Grundy County, in addition to construction, long-term operations and maintenance jobs.

“This is an exciting year for MidAmerican Energy, as the Ivester wind farm is our latest addition that will help us increase wind generating capacity for our customers,” Mike Fehr, MidAmerican Energy vice president of resource development, said.

Wind XI project
The $3.6 billion Wind XI project is scheduled for completion in December 2019. The project will include up to 1,000 wind turbines and add up to 2,000 megawatts of wind generation capacity in Iowa, or enough energy to power more than 840,000 average Iowa homes.

MidAmerican Energy previously announced construction of two Wind XI wind farm projects now underway in Adair County – Arbor Hill and Orient. Beaver Creek II in Greene County, and North English in Poweshiek County, are also under construction. Two additional wind farms, Beaver Creek in Boone and Greene counties, and Prairie in Mahaska County, are now operating.

Wind XII project
On May 30, MidAmerican Energy announced plans to be the first investor-owned electric utility in the nation to generate renewable energy equal to 100 percent of its customers’ usage on an annual basis, upon completing its newest proposed wind energy project. The company expects to complete the project, called Wind XII, in late 2020. Wind XII is subject to Iowa Utilities Board approval.

Wind energy economic benefits
In 2017, MidAmerican Energy paid $19.6 million in Iowa property taxes on its wind farms. These annual payments are in addition to the economic benefits associated with wind energy construction, operations and maintenance jobs in rural areas, wind industry manufacturing jobs, landowner easement payments and renewable energy’s impact in attracting new businesses to the state.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at midamericanenergy.com and on the company's social media channels.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (July 9, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company today filed an application with the Iowa Utilities Board for approval of its proposed 2019-2023 Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Plan, designed to reduce customer bills while continuing to create energy efficiency savings.

The proposed plan meets the requirements set forth in Senate File 2311, a bill signed into law by Governor Kim Reynolds earlier this year. The new law updates energy efficiency spending, implementing caps that will result in savings for MidAmerican Energy’s Iowa customers of nearly $84 million per year. For customers with gas and electric service that equates to annual savings of $81 for the average residential customer, $172 for the average commercial customer and $12,351 for the average industrial customer.

Energy efficiency is a customer-to-customer program, wherein a portion of all customers’ bills goes towards providing funds that customers can draw from to pay for qualifying products and services that save energy. MidAmerican Energy does not profit from the program. Beginning in 2019, customers will see the mandated energy efficiency charges on their bills helping them to more fully understand the cost they pay into the programs. Prior to the passage of SF2311, this disclosure was prohibited.

“MidAmerican Energy is offering our customers the best of both worlds,” Adam Wright, president and CEO, said. “MidAmerican Energy’s proposed energy efficiency plan will put money back into our customers’ pockets and still provide a wide range of programs to encourage taking action to save energy. And, given the maturity of today’s energy efficiency marketplace, coupled with our continued 100 percent renewable energy commitment, it’s the perfect time to rebalance the program to match the times.”

In the proposed plan, MidAmerican Energy offers customers 14 robust energy efficiency programs that are designed to achieve significant energy savings. These programs include online home energy assessments, incentives to replace older HVAC equipment with new high-efficiency models, appliance recycling, and rebates to purchase smart thermostats, to name a few. Some programs will no longer be offered under the proposed plan, including the Plant Some Shade, Upstream Retail Lighting and Residential New Construction programs.

The Iowa Utilities Board will conduct proceedings to review MidAmerican Energy’s proposed plan and will take action by March 31, 2019. Until a new plan is approved, the company’s existing energy efficiency programs remain in effect.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at midamericanenergy.com and on the company’s social media channels.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (July 1, 2018) – As Des Moines area residents affected by flooding are returning to their homes and businesses, MidAmerican Energy is highlighting some important safety reminders.

In locations where MidAmerican Energy or the local fire department has temporarily shut off natural gas service or if customers who were evacuated shut off their own gas service, MidAmerican Energy will restore service at no charge when local officials determine it is safe to do so.

Do not turn on your own service
If your property sustained damage during the event, before MidAmerican Energy can restore service, an inspection may be required by city, county or state inspectors or professional electricians or plumbers. To have your service restored after repair and inspection, call MidAmerican Energy at 800-432-0586. Assistance is available 24-hours every day.

Important safety information

Smell gas? If you smell natural gas at any time, leave the building immediately and call your gas company away from the house. To report a gas leak to MidAmerican Energy, call 800-595-5325.

Low or downed wires: When approaching your home, watch for downed or low-hanging wires and assume that all lines are energized. If you see any downed or low hanging wires, do not go near them and call MidAmerican Energy. To report an electric emergency such as this, call MidAmerican Energy at 800-799-4443.

Flooding: NEVER go into a flooded home or basement unless you are certain the electricity is shut off. If you are unsure whether the power is on or off, call your electric company or a professional electrician. If your home was flooded and you do not have sufficient knowledge of electrical wiring and appliances, call a professional electrician. Do not turn on any lights or appliances until an electrician has checked your home for short circuits in appliances, wiring or other electrical equipment.

Breakers and fuses: Before resetting breakers or replacing blown fuses, unplug electric appliances if you can do so without standing in water or on a wet surface. Do not check fuses or circuit breakers or operate any electric appliance while standing in water or on a wet surface.

Sign up for alerts
Customers can sign up to receive text alerts or email notifications on outages affecting their service, when crews are projected to be working in their area, and once service is restored. Go to midamericanenergy.com and register for notifications through the My Account link.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at midamericanenergy.com and on the company’s social media channels.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (June 20, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company provided its Iowa customers with more than half of their electricity from renewable sources last year, the Iowa Utilities Board verified yesterday during its monthly meeting.

Through a board vote to approve the amount of renewable energy the company provided to its Iowa customers in 2017, the IUB verified that MidAmerican Energy served 50.8 percent of its retail electric load using renewable generation. MidAmerican Energy expects this percentage to grow annually as the company completes additional wind projects.

“MidAmerican Energy has achieved an exciting milestone as a renewable energy leader,” Adam Wright, MidAmerican Energy President and CEO, said. “We have now crossed the 50-yard line and we’re moving closer to the goal, which is the vision we announced in 2016 to ultimately provide 100 percent renewable energy for our customers.”

MidAmerican Energy's GreenAdvantage
The GreenAdvantage program, launched by MidAmerican Energy last year, quantifies the amount of renewable energy its electric customers can claim. This first-of-its-kind value-added program is offered to all MidAmerican Energy customers. It's particularly important to businesses that claim the percentage of energy they received to meet corporate sustainability goals.

“This achievement is not only significant for us as a company, but it’s significant for our customers and more broadly for Iowa. That’s because everyone benefits from our substantial and still growing ability to harness energy from the wind,” Wright said. “Wind energy is friendly to our environment, helps keep rates low for our customers, and benefits Iowa’s economy in many ways.” Last year, MidAmerican Energy paid $19.6 million in Iowa property taxes on wind turbines.

Latest proposed wind energy project to vault renewable energy to 100 percent
On May 30, MidAmerican Energy announced plans to be the first investor-owned electric utility in the nation to generate renewable energy equal to 100 percent of its customers’ usage on an annual basis, upon completing its newest proposed wind energy project. The company expects to complete the project, called Wind XII, in late 2020. Wind XII is subject to IUB approval.

MidAmerican Energy’s investment in renewables has helped make Iowa a national wind energy leader. Iowa leads the country in the percentage of electric generation coming from wind.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at midamericanenergy.com and on the company’s social media channels.

DES MOINES, Iowa – (July 12, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company today announced construction of a wind farm project to begin this month in west central Grundy County.

The Ivester wind farm includes 35 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines. It’s part of MidAmerican Energy’s Wind XI project, which the company announced in 2016.

When completed at the end of this year, Ivester will add 91 megawatts of wind generation capacity for MidAmerican Energy customers, or enough wind energy to power more than 38,000 average Iowa homes.

The wind farm will add approximately $875,000 in estimated average annual property taxes in Grundy County, in addition to construction, long-term operations and maintenance jobs.

“This is an exciting year for MidAmerican Energy, as the Ivester wind farm is our latest addition that will help us increase wind generating capacity for our customers,” Mike Fehr, MidAmerican Energy vice president of resource development, said.

Wind XI project
The $3.6 billion Wind XI project is scheduled for completion in December 2019. The project will include up to 1,000 wind turbines and add up to 2,000 megawatts of wind generation capacity in Iowa, or enough energy to power more than 840,000 average Iowa homes.

MidAmerican Energy previously announced construction of two Wind XI wind farm projects now underway in Adair County – Arbor Hill and Orient. Beaver Creek II in Greene County, and North English in Poweshiek County, are also under construction. Two additional wind farms, Beaver Creek in Boone and Greene counties, and Prairie in Mahaska County, are now operating.

Wind XII project
On May 30, MidAmerican Energy announced plans to be the first investor-owned electric utility in the nation to generate renewable energy equal to 100 percent of its customers’ usage on an annual basis, upon completing its newest proposed wind energy project. The company expects to complete the project, called Wind XII, in late 2020. Wind XII is subject to Iowa Utilities Board approval.

Wind energy economic benefits
In 2017, MidAmerican Energy paid $19.6 million in Iowa property taxes on its wind farms. These annual payments are in addition to the economic benefits associated with wind energy construction, operations and maintenance jobs in rural areas, wind industry manufacturing jobs, landowner easement payments and renewable energy’s impact in attracting new businesses to the state.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at midamericanenergy.com and on the company's social media channels.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (July 9, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company today filed an application with the Iowa Utilities Board for approval of its proposed 2019-2023 Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Plan, designed to reduce customer bills while continuing to create energy efficiency savings.

The proposed plan meets the requirements set forth in Senate File 2311, a bill signed into law by Governor Kim Reynolds earlier this year. The new law updates energy efficiency spending, implementing caps that will result in savings for MidAmerican Energy’s Iowa customers of nearly $84 million per year. For customers with gas and electric service that equates to annual savings of $81 for the average residential customer, $172 for the average commercial customer and $12,351 for the average industrial customer.

Energy efficiency is a customer-to-customer program, wherein a portion of all customers’ bills goes towards providing funds that customers can draw from to pay for qualifying products and services that save energy. MidAmerican Energy does not profit from the program. Beginning in 2019, customers will see the mandated energy efficiency charges on their bills helping them to more fully understand the cost they pay into the programs. Prior to the passage of SF2311, this disclosure was prohibited.

“MidAmerican Energy is offering our customers the best of both worlds,” Adam Wright, president and CEO, said. “MidAmerican Energy’s proposed energy efficiency plan will put money back into our customers’ pockets and still provide a wide range of programs to encourage taking action to save energy. And, given the maturity of today’s energy efficiency marketplace, coupled with our continued 100 percent renewable energy commitment, it’s the perfect time to rebalance the program to match the times.”

In the proposed plan, MidAmerican Energy offers customers 14 robust energy efficiency programs that are designed to achieve significant energy savings. These programs include online home energy assessments, incentives to replace older HVAC equipment with new high-efficiency models, appliance recycling, and rebates to purchase smart thermostats, to name a few. Some programs will no longer be offered under the proposed plan, including the Plant Some Shade, Upstream Retail Lighting and Residential New Construction programs.

The Iowa Utilities Board will conduct proceedings to review MidAmerican Energy’s proposed plan and will take action by March 31, 2019. Until a new plan is approved, the company’s existing energy efficiency programs remain in effect.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at midamericanenergy.com and on the company’s social media channels.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (July 1, 2018) – As Des Moines area residents affected by flooding are returning to their homes and businesses, MidAmerican Energy is highlighting some important safety reminders.

In locations where MidAmerican Energy or the local fire department has temporarily shut off natural gas service or if customers who were evacuated shut off their own gas service, MidAmerican Energy will restore service at no charge when local officials determine it is safe to do so.

Do not turn on your own service
If your property sustained damage during the event, before MidAmerican Energy can restore service, an inspection may be required by city, county or state inspectors or professional electricians or plumbers. To have your service restored after repair and inspection, call MidAmerican Energy at 800-432-0586. Assistance is available 24-hours every day.

Important safety information

Smell gas? If you smell natural gas at any time, leave the building immediately and call your gas company away from the house. To report a gas leak to MidAmerican Energy, call 800-595-5325.

Low or downed wires: When approaching your home, watch for downed or low-hanging wires and assume that all lines are energized. If you see any downed or low hanging wires, do not go near them and call MidAmerican Energy. To report an electric emergency such as this, call MidAmerican Energy at 800-799-4443.

Flooding: NEVER go into a flooded home or basement unless you are certain the electricity is shut off. If you are unsure whether the power is on or off, call your electric company or a professional electrician. If your home was flooded and you do not have sufficient knowledge of electrical wiring and appliances, call a professional electrician. Do not turn on any lights or appliances until an electrician has checked your home for short circuits in appliances, wiring or other electrical equipment.

Breakers and fuses: Before resetting breakers or replacing blown fuses, unplug electric appliances if you can do so without standing in water or on a wet surface. Do not check fuses or circuit breakers or operate any electric appliance while standing in water or on a wet surface.

Sign up for alerts
Customers can sign up to receive text alerts or email notifications on outages affecting their service, when crews are projected to be working in their area, and once service is restored. Go to midamericanenergy.com and register for notifications through the My Account link.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at midamericanenergy.com and on the company’s social media channels.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (June 20, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company provided its Iowa customers with more than half of their electricity from renewable sources last year, the Iowa Utilities Board verified yesterday during its monthly meeting.

Through a board vote to approve the amount of renewable energy the company provided to its Iowa customers in 2017, the IUB verified that MidAmerican Energy served 50.8 percent of its retail electric load using renewable generation. MidAmerican Energy expects this percentage to grow annually as the company completes additional wind projects.

“MidAmerican Energy has achieved an exciting milestone as a renewable energy leader,” Adam Wright, MidAmerican Energy President and CEO, said. “We have now crossed the 50-yard line and we’re moving closer to the goal, which is the vision we announced in 2016 to ultimately provide 100 percent renewable energy for our customers.”

MidAmerican Energy's GreenAdvantage
The GreenAdvantage program, launched by MidAmerican Energy last year, quantifies the amount of renewable energy its electric customers can claim. This first-of-its-kind value-added program is offered to all MidAmerican Energy customers. It's particularly important to businesses that claim the percentage of energy they received to meet corporate sustainability goals.

“This achievement is not only significant for us as a company, but it’s significant for our customers and more broadly for Iowa. That’s because everyone benefits from our substantial and still growing ability to harness energy from the wind,” Wright said. “Wind energy is friendly to our environment, helps keep rates low for our customers, and benefits Iowa’s economy in many ways.” Last year, MidAmerican Energy paid $19.6 million in Iowa property taxes on wind turbines.

Latest proposed wind energy project to vault renewable energy to 100 percent
On May 30, MidAmerican Energy announced plans to be the first investor-owned electric utility in the nation to generate renewable energy equal to 100 percent of its customers’ usage on an annual basis, upon completing its newest proposed wind energy project. The company expects to complete the project, called Wind XII, in late 2020. Wind XII is subject to IUB approval.

MidAmerican Energy’s investment in renewables has helped make Iowa a national wind energy leader. Iowa leads the country in the percentage of electric generation coming from wind.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at midamericanenergy.com and on the company’s social media channels.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (May 30, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company will be the first investor-owned electric utility in the country to generate renewable energy equal to 100 percent of its customers’ usage on an annual basis, upon completing its newest proposed wind energy project.

MidAmerican Energy proposed an additional investment of $922 million with the announcement of its Wind XII project that will be formally filed with the Iowa Utilities Board later today. The project, if approved, is expected to be completed in late 2020. Over the past three years, MidAmerican Energy has moved forward with its previously announced Wind XI and repowering projects, that when combined with Wind XII, will provide customers with 100 percent renewable energy on an annual basis. And, like MidAmerican’s previous wind projects, Wind XII will be accomplished without the need to ask for an increase in customers’ rates.

“Wind XII will transform our 100 percent renewable energy vision from a bold dream into a reality,” Adam Wright, MidAmerican Energy’s President and CEO, said. “We are listening and working with our customers to put them first. Wind XII is a clear demonstration of our commitment to and investment in the cleaner, more sustainable energy future our customers want and our environment deserves. We have been able to invest in renewables while at the same time keeping electric rates affordable for the long term, creating a one-of-a-kind win-win solution.”

MidAmerican Energy’s investment in renewables has helped make Iowa a national wind energy leader. Iowa leads the country in the percentage of electric generation coming from wind.

“Iowans are used to leading the way. We believe to our core that it is our responsibility to use the resources we are given in the best way possible. It’s that sustainable approach that has led Iowa to achieve the highest percentage of power generation coming from wind energy, more than any other state,” Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds stated. “And, it doesn’t hurt that we have a company like MidAmerican Energy that has taken the long view and is forward-looking in its goal to provide sustainable and affordable energy to its customers.”

Economic benefits for Iowa
When combined with MidAmerican Energy’s other projects, the 591-megawatt Wind XII project will allow the company to provide renewable energy each year that is equal to 100 percent of the energy consumed by the homes and businesses in MidAmerican Energy’s Iowa service area.

The company estimates Wind XII will create more than 300 full-time jobs related to construction and another 28 full-time positions for ongoing operations and maintenance.

In addition, Wind XII will provide an average $6.9 million per year in additional Iowa property tax payments on wind turbines and nearly $5.6 million more in annual landowner easement payments.
In 2017, MidAmerican Energy paid $19.6 million in Iowa property taxes on wind turbines.

“This is an important step forward for our company, our customers and the state of Iowa,” Wright said. “In addition to delivering on our promise to customers, we are also helping to make Iowa a more competitive place to do business – ensuring that our economy continues to grow and thrive. This historic moment is something we are proud to share.”

The company is currently exploring potential wind farm sites in Iowa and will announce wind farm locations prior to constructing each site.

MidAmerican Energy will continue to use its natural gas, nuclear and coal-fueled plants to ensure reliable electric service even in times of low wind.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at midamericanenergy.com and on the company’s social media channels.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (May 25, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company will again provide clean, renewable wind energy for the Principal Charity Classic, the annual PGA Tour Champions event, June 5-10 at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines.

Since 2011, MidAmerican Energy has donated renewable energy certificates to the Principal Charity Classic from its Pomeroy wind farm, located in Pocahontas and Calhoun counties in Iowa, to offset the tournament’s electricity usage.

RECs are tradeable, non-tangible U.S. energy commodities that represent an eligible, renewable energy source generated the electricity. In this instance, the certificates verify the Pomeroy wind farm produced the Principal Charity Classic’s energy.

“We’re pleased to partner once again with the Principal Charity Classic,” Kathryn Kunert, vice president of economic connections and integration at MidAmerican Energy, said. “MidAmerican Energy is proud to help power an event that contributes so much to the region and to charitable organizations.”

For the third year, the company will sponsor the MidAmerican Energy Green Canyon, which provides fans a spectacular view of the competition. In addition to prime seating, the Green Canyon – which encompasses holes 16, 17 and 18 – features video boards, concession items and the new Camarena Cantina party tent.

“The MidAmerican Energy Green Canyon has been a fan-favorite location since its debut and continues to grow in popularity every year,” Sean Sovacool, executive director of the 2018 Principal Charity Classic, said. “It’s the perfect location to socialize and cheer on many of the greatest champions of the game.”

About Principal Charity Classic
The Principal Charity Classic is an annual PGA Tour Champions event focused on philanthropic giving.

Last year the tournament, which is dedicated to helping Iowa kids succeed, raised a record $3.5 million for children’s charities and attracted more than 81,000 fans. The tournament has given approximately $13.5 million to charities since 2007.

For more information on the charities and the tournament, visit principalcharityclassic.com and follow it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at midamericanenergy.com and on the company’s social media channels.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (May 23, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company and Monsanto Company, which jointly own a unique 510-acre preserve near Muscatine, will open the refuge to the public one day next month for the triennial Big Sand Mound Field Day.

The Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve’s undisturbed habitats, including open prairies, shallow ponds and woodlands will be open to the public Saturday, June 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Two early morning tours, including a guided birdwatching session and a combined natural history and nature photography session, begin promptly at 5:30 a.m.

The preserve features more than 400 types of plants, including prickly pear cactuses, and reptiles such as the endangered yellow mud turtle. Once every three years, the public can tour the sand prairie’s unusual and diverse environment at the Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve, south of Muscatine. The preserve is generally not open to the public because of its fragile ecosystem. The next public field day will be in 2021.

“Big Sand Mound is an Iowa environmental treasure,” Jenny McIvor, vice president, environmental programs for MidAmerican Energy, said. “Environmental respect is one of our company’s core principles. We’re proud of our efforts to protect and preserve this unique space that many amazing plants and creatures call home,” McIvor added. “We encourage the public to experience our field day, because it’s a rare opportunity to see something extraordinary for this area.”

How to register, obtain schedule of events
Participants can take short guided walking tours or rugged three-hour hikes. Participants can also take part in various sessions with topics including birds, amphibians, butterflies, insects, arrowheads, lichens and prairie management. Activities for kids include archery, wetland wading and a scavenger hunt.

A complete schedule, downloadable registration form, and map are available at muscatinecountyconservation.com. To register, download the form and pay by check or call 888-336-3907 and pay by phone. The downloadable form also offers an online registration option.

Registration is $15 per person for adults and youth 13 and over (12 and under are free), and includes a field guide, doughnut or roll, and a beverage. Participants are encouraged to take a bag lunch, as lunch is not provided.

Advance phone or mail registration and fees are due by Friday, June 1. Participants can also register and pay by cash-only on the day of the event. Registration is limited to 250 people.

Big Sand Mound history
While developing the nearby Louisa Generating Station in Muscatine in 1977, MidAmerican Energy set aside 420 acres for an environmental preserve after site evaluations indicated an ecosystem not typically found in Iowa. In 1981, Monsanto Company added another 90 acres, and together these areas became the Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve. A committee oversees the property to study, preserve and protect Big Sand Mound’s unique ecological community.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 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 at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (May 8, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company customers will save money on their energy bills following the passage of Senate File 2311, a bill signed by Governor Kim Reynolds on Friday.

The new law updates energy efficiency spending, resulting in savings for customers. It ensures that MidAmerican Energy can continue to offer a robust set of energy efficiency programs in Iowa at a reasonable cost. Additionally, beginning in 2019, utilities will no longer be prohibited from disclosing mandated energy efficiency charges, helping customers to better understand their monthly bills.

“MidAmerican Energy has been leading the revolution of Iowa’s energy landscape – drastically reshaping it from what it was in 1990 when energy efficiency spending was first mandated,” Adam Wright, MidAmerican Energy’s president and CEO, said. “Thanks to major investments in renewable energy generation, nearly half the energy provided by MidAmerican Energy now comes from wind. This, in turn, has helped make Iowa the nation’s leader in the percentage of electric generation coming from wind – playing a critical role in keeping rates in Iowa among the lowest in the country and making it an attractive place to live and do business.

“At the same time, we’re not resting on our laurels and are continuing to aggressively pursue renewable energy projects for our customers. Our most recent effort, the $3.6 billion Wind XI project, will significantly increase the amount of renewable energy provided to customers, without the need to raise customer rates. When Wind XI is completed, MidAmerican Energy expects to provide 90 percent of customers’ annual energy needs with renewable energy,” Wright continued.

In Iowa, MidAmerican Energy customers pay, on average, more than seven percent of their bills toward energy efficiency programs, the highest in the nation. The legislation’s spending cap will cut that in half, bringing the cost of energy efficiency programming in line with the rest of the country. The caps implemented through the legislation are expected to save MidAmerican Energy’s customers $80 - $90 million per year, while still allowing Iowa to be a leader in energy efficiency. That equates to $80 per year for the average residential gas and electric customer, $195 for the average commercial customer and $9,000 for the average industrial customer.

“MidAmerican Energy believes that a cost-effective energy efficiency program is an important part of a long-term energy strategy. The time was right to rebalance customer spending in this area in recognition of Iowa’s leadership in clean energy. The new law puts money back in the pockets of our customers and provides them with safe, reliable, and increasingly clean energy,” Wright said. “We commend the Governor for advancing energy policy that makes sense for the times.”

The cap on energy efficiency programs will not be implemented immediately. The legislation calls for utilities to file updated energy efficiency plans with the Iowa Utilities Board, requiring IUB to take action by March 1, 2019. The existing energy efficiency plan will remain in effect until a new plan is approved.

MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 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 at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (May 1, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company today announced construction of two new Iowa wind farm projects to begin this summer in Adair County.

The Arbor Hill wind farm project includes 125 wind turbines. The Orient wind farm project includes 150 turbines with the option to add up to 100 more. Both are part of the company’s previously announced Wind XI project.

The 275 turbines, manufactured by Vestas Wind Systems A/S, will add 550 megawatts of wind generation capacity for MidAmerican Energy customers – enough wind energy to power more than 230,000 average Iowa homes. Crews are scheduled to begin construction on both projects in June.

Arbor Hill and Orient will add to MidAmerican Energy’s three existing wind farms in Adair County: Adair, Morning Light and Rolling Hills.

“This is another step forward for our Wind XI project,” Mike Fehr, MidAmerican Energy vice president of resource development, said. “Every wind farm we add gets us closer to achieving our 100 percent renewable energy vision.”

The company anticipates that renewable generation will equate to more than 90 percent of its customers’ annual retail electricity usage by 2020.

“Wind energy is great for our customers, because it’s a renewable resource that powers Iowa homes and businesses and it also helps energize the state’s economy,” Fehr added.

The 550 MW associated with the two new Adair County wind farms will add an estimated average of $6.6 million in annual county property taxes. The projects will also pay an average $4.8 million each year in landowner payments and create both construction jobs and long-term operations and maintenance jobs in the county.

Wind XI project
The $3.6 billion Wind XI project is scheduled for completion in December 2019. The project will include up to 1,000 wind turbines and add up to 2,000 megawatts of wind generation capacity in Iowa. That’s enough energy to power more than 840,000 average Iowa homes.

Other Wind XI wind farms
The two new Adair County wind farms will be the latest additions to the Wind XI project. Beaver Creek II wind farm in Greene County, and North English wind farm in Poweshiek County, are both under construction. Two additional wind farms, Beaver Creek in Boone and Greene counties, and Prairie in Mahaska County, are operating.

MidAmerican Energy is working with developers, county officials and landowners on potential wind farm sites in several Iowa counties for the balance of Wind XI.

Wind energy economic benefits
In 2017, MidAmerican Energy paid $19.6 million in Iowa property taxes on wind turbines. These annual payments are in addition to the economic benefits associated with wind energy construction, operations and maintenance jobs in rural areas, wind industry manufacturing jobs, landowner easement payments and renewable energy’s impact in attracting new businesses to the state.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 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 at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (April 24, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company will again support the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee, by providing clean, renewable energy for the meet.

MidAmerican Energy will certify that an Iowa wind farm generated the energy for this year’s event.

“We are excited to bring our 100 percent renewable energy vision to the Drake Relays for the fifth year in a row,” Kathryn Kunert, MidAmerican Energy’s vice president of economic connections and integration, said. “We are proud to support the Drake Relays, and appreciate the opportunity to help athletes and fans understand the benefits of renewable, affordable wind energy that we harvest here in Iowa.”

MidAmerican Energy announced its 100 percent renewable energy vision in 2016 at the same time it launched its Wind XI project. An industry leader in environmental stewardship, MidAmerican Energy is already about halfway to its goal of delivering 100 percent renewable energy to its customers in Iowa.

When complete in 2019, the $3.6 billion Wind XI project will add up to 2,000 megawatts of capacity, and produce enough wind energy to power more than 840,000 average Iowa homes.

“MidAmerican Energy’s commitment to powering the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee with renewable energy has become part of the fabric of America’s Athletic Classic,” said Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson director of the Drake Relays. “We’re excited that MidAmerican Energy is again powering the Drake Relays with renewable energy produced right here in Iowa. Athletes from around the world cherish the opportunity to race on the Blue Oval and MidAmerican Energy’s support of renewable energy helps illuminate those performances inside Drake Stadium.”

MidAmerican Energy donates renewable energy certificates
Since 2014, MidAmerican Energy has donated renewable energy certificates to the Drake Relays from its Pomeroy wind farm in Iowa, located in Pocahontas and Calhoun counties. RECs are tradeable, non-tangible U.S. energy commodities that represent an eligible renewable energy source generated the electricity. In this instance, the certificates verify the Pomeroy wind farm produced Drake Relays’ energy.

MidAmerican Energy honors high school athletes, sponsors mobile app
MidAmerican Energy is the title sponsor of Friday morning events, which feature high school athletes. The company also sponsors the Drake Relays app that offers information about athletes competing, events and live results. The app can be found and downloaded on Google Play or iTunes App Store by searching Drake Relays.

About the Drake Relays, presented by Hy-Vee
For one week a year, the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee brings together Iowa’s top high school athletes with the best collegiate and professional performers from across the nation and around the world. Every April at historic Drake Stadium, the competition is fierce, the athletes spectacular and the performances legendary. Fans have packed the stands for 108 runnings, and have witnessed the fall of 14 world records, 51 American records and 56 national collegiate records. It is this combination of unmatched atmosphere and the spirit of competition that truly makes the Drake Relays America’s Athletic Classic. For more information, visit www.DrakeRelays.org.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 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 at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.