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DES MOINES, Iowa – (May 23, 2016) – MidAmerican Energy Company released a video today depicting the construction of the largest land-based wind turbine ever built in the United States.

"Reaching New Heights” uses a combination of time-lapse footage, aerial photography and behind-the-scenes action shots to document the steps involved in building MidAmerican Energy’s first concrete wind turbine tower, located at the company’s Adams wind farm in Adams County, Iowa. At 379 feet from ground to hub, the concrete turbine is more than 100 feet taller than its neighboring turbines constructed with steel towers.

Mike Gehringer, vice president, renewable energy, said the 2.415-megawatt concrete turbine featured in the video is a prototype that will allow MidAmerican Energy to evaluate the amount of additional wind energy that can be generated at higher altitudes. “We want to continue to be a leader in bringing innovative energy solutions to our customers and the state of Iowa,” Gehringer said. “Through investment in new methods and new technologies, we’ll move closer to our vision of supplying customers with 100 percent renewable energy.”

MidAmerican Energy contracted with Siemens Americas Onshore Wind for the supply and construction of the concrete tower. Mike McManus, head of business development and strategy for Siemens, said the patented tower technology was conceived, designed, engineered and constructed entirely in the United States. The blades for the turbine were manufactured at Siemens’ blade factory in Fort Madison, Iowa, and the concrete formwork was sourced from EFCO Corp. in Des Moines.

Construction of the tower began in August 2015. A pair of fixed, pole-mounted cameras captured every minute of the process, from initial site work to the placement of the rotor on the nacelle. Cameras on the ground provided close-ups of workers installing the foundation and bending steel rebar to construct the tower segments, while action cameras mounted on equipment delivered scenes from inside the tower while it was being constructed. Approximately six terabytes (6,000 gigabytes) of footage shot over 31 weeks was edited down to produce the final time-lapse video, which clocks in at just under six minutes in length.

“Building a concrete tower is an entirely different process from the one we use to build steel tower turbines,” Gehringer said. “Instead of manufacturing tower sections in a factory and transporting them to the site to be fitted together, crews pour the concrete in segments and erect the tower onsite. It’s fascinating to watch it all come together in this video.”

The concrete turbine is one of 64 wind turbines at the 154-megawatt Adams wind farm. With blades extended, the turbine reaches a height of 557 feet, making it just a little taller than the Washington Monument. Watch the "Reaching New Heights" video detailing the construction of this record-breaking project.

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 – (April 29, 2016) – MidAmerican Energy Company has been recognized as a Tree Line USA Utility for the 15th consecutive year. In celebration of the award and just in time for Arbor Day, the company encourages customers to think like an arborist when planting trees.

MidAmerican Energy employs and contracts 35 arborists, certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, who oversee tree trimming crews. MidAmerican Energy’s vegetation management program utilizes natural, scientific-based tree-trimming techniques to direct branches away from power lines and to preserve the health of trees. These efforts alleviate safety hazards and prevent power outages.

“We value trees in our communities and trim only what’s necessary to protect our customers’ service, keep them safe and preserve the health of the tree,” said Jason Ewers, MidAmerican Energy manager of vegetation management. “There are many things people should consider before selecting, siting and planting a tree.”

MidAmerican Energy arborists recommend the following before you plant.

Look Up

Trees that grow too close to power lines can cause power outages or create safety hazards. Falling trees or branches cause up to 10 percent of all electrical outages. Before planting, consider the tree’s height and canopy size at maturity. Trees under 25 feet may be planted next to overhead power lines. Trees over 25 feet should be planted at least 25 feet away from overhead lines, and trees that grow taller than 35 feet should be planted at least 50 feet away.

Look Down

Know what’s underground before planting. Call 811 at least 48 hours before digging to make sure there are no power, gas, fiber optic or other utility lines buried underground. Also, plant trees and shrubs at least 10 feet away from ground-mounted transformers.

Look Around

Trees provide an array of benefits, from cleaning the air and replenishing the soil to improving energy efficiency. According to the USDA Forest Service, trees strategically placed around your home can save you up to 56 percent on annual air-conditioning costs, while evergreens that block winter winds can save you three percent on heating costs. Plant deciduous trees on the west side of your house to provide summer shade but allow the winter rays to shine in when the trees lose their leaves. Plant evergreens on the north side of your home to shield winter winds and help you save on heating costs.

The Tree Line USA Utility award is presented by the National Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources – Forestry Bureau. The award recognizes energy companies across the nation for their efforts to protect and enhance trees while maintaining safe and reliable energy service.

Visit MidAmerican Energy’s website to learn more about its vegetation management or tree-related programs.

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 – (April 27, 2016) – Blue isn’t the only color at the Drake Relays this year. MidAmerican Energy Company is making the Drake Relays “green” by offsetting 100 percent of the electricity used during the event with wind energy.

To offset the electricity, Drake University will use renewable energy certificates donated from MidAmerican Energy’s Pomeroy wind farm, located in Pocahontas and Calhoun counties in Iowa.

“We are proud of the part we’re playing to make Iowa a national leader in wind energy,” said Mike Gehringer, vice president, renewable energy for MidAmerican Energy. “We recently announced plans for our biggest wind project ever, and partnering with the Drake Relays, one of the nation’s premier athletic events, is a great way to celebrate that announcement and create awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of wind.”

“It’s a big deal for the Drake Relays, presented by Hy-Vee, and Drake University for this to be a clean energy event,” said Brian Brown, director of the Drake Relays. “We value our partnerships tremendously, especially MidAmerican Energy’s ability to ensure that the Drake Relays run on clean, renewable energy produced in Iowa. Every year we challenge our partners and ourselves to continue to make the Relays one of the most unique events in the world. MidAmerican has met that challenge again with its commitment to provide renewable energy certificates to power the Drake Relays, presented by Hy-Vee.”

The use of wind energy at the Drake Relays comes just weeks after MidAmerican Energy announced its Wind XI project – a $3.6 billion project that will add up to 2,000 megawatts of wind generation in Iowa. If approved by the Iowa Utilities Board, the proposed plan will be the largest economic development project in the state’s history. Once complete, MidAmerican Energy will generate wind energy equal to 85 percent of its annual customer sales in Iowa, bringing it one step closer toward its vision of 100 percent renewable energy.

About the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee:
For one week a year, the Drake Relays, presented by Hy-Vee, brings together Iowa’s top high school athletes with the best collegiate and Olympic performers from across the nation and around the world. Every April at historic Drake Stadium, the competition is fierce, the athletes spectacular and the performances legendary. Fans have packed the stands for 106 runnings, witnessing the fall of 14 world records, 51 American records and 56 national collegiate records. It is this combination of unmatched atmosphere and the spirit of competition that truly makes the Drake Relays America’s Athletic Classic. For more information, visit www.DrakeRelays.org.

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 – (April 22, 2016) – Get a head start on spring cleaning this year with MidAmerican Energy Company’s Appliance Recycling program, a free program that will pick up your old, inefficient appliance, recycle it and send you a check.

“MidAmerican Energy recycled more than 6,200 refrigerators, freezers and air conditioning units in 2015,” said Tina Yoder, director, energy efficiency. “In 2016, our goal is to continue reducing landfill waste by helping customers recycle at least 8,000 appliances.”

Customers with a working refrigerator, freezer or room air conditioner can call 800-621-2757 to schedule a pick-up. A recycling company will haul away the old appliance free of charge, including removing the appliance from the customer’s home if needed. The customer will receive a rebate of $50 for a refrigerator or freezer and $25 for a window air conditioner.

“Older appliances can cost owners up to $100 per year in extra energy consumption, so you have to ask yourself if it’s worth keeping an old refrigerator around just to cool your soda,” Yoder said.

To qualify, you must be a MidAmerican Energy electric customer living in Iowa, Illinois or South Dakota. While the program targets residential customers, it is available to business customers who want to recycle residential-sized equipment.

Eligible refrigerators and freezers must be 10 cubic feet or larger; no commercial sizes are accepted, and the appliance must be in working condition.

MidAmerican Energy partners with the Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program to help protect the Earth’s ozone layer by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“When a customer uses our program, they can have peace of mind that their appliance is not filling up a landfill,” said Yoder. “We take the appliance apart and recycle 95 percent of the components, including toxins and harmful gases.”

For additional information regarding rebate programs, visit MidAmerican Energy’s rebates 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 – (April 14, 2016) – Today, MidAmerican Energy Company announced a major project that will provide a cleaner energy future for Iowa. The announcement is a giant step toward realizing the company’s vision of 100 percent renewable energy for customers in the state.

MidAmerican Energy is filing a request with the Iowa Utilities Board to build Wind XI, a project that will add up to 2,000 megawatts of wind generation in Iowa. The proposed $3.6 billion project is the largest wind project MidAmerican Energy has ever undertaken, and it’s being done without asking for an increase in customer rates or financial assistance from the state to pay for it.

“We have a bold vision for our energy future,” said Bill Fehrman, CEO and president of MidAmerican Energy. “We don’t know of another U.S. energy provider that has staked out this 100 percent position. Our customers want more renewable energy, and we couldn’t agree more. Once the project is complete, we will generate wind energy equal to 85 percent of our annual customer sales in Iowa, bringing us within striking distance of our 100 percent renewable vision.”

The announcement came at a news conference attended by Gov. Terry Branstad and Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The proposed $3.6 billion Wind XI plan is the largest economic development project in the state’s history. The development of additional renewable generation puts MidAmerican Energy and the state of Iowa in a strong position to comply with carbon emissions limits and other regulatory requirements.

Branstad said he is proud of MidAmerican Energy’s long-standing and ongoing commitment to clean energy, which has helped make Iowa a national leader in renewable energy.

“Wind XI puts Iowa on track to be the first state in the nation to generate more than 40 percent of its energy needs from wind power – far ahead of any other state. Today, Iowa is the only state to have crossed the 30 percent mark,” Branstad said. “We welcome this opportunity to expand Iowa’s renewable energy and thank MidAmerican Energy for making this investment in our great state. Every wind turbine you see in Iowa means income for farmers, revenue for counties and jobs for Iowa families.”

Director Durham added that wind power supports as many as 7,000 jobs in Iowa. She said the industry’s growth, its cost competitiveness and job creation have been driven by the wind production tax credits.

“Investments of this scale are viable because federal production tax credits are at their highest level. It makes sense to leverage that benefit to solidify Iowa’s leadership in wind energy. Today’s announcement continues to build Iowa’s legacy in the renewable energy space – and in a very real way, provides economic benefits to all Iowans,” Durham said.

Fehrman detailed some of the many economic benefits Wind XI will generate in the state: approximately $12.5 million per year in property tax payments, $18 million per year in landowner payments, and $48 million per year in state and local expenditures associated with the project.

MidAmerican Energy has been able to build renewable energy over the past decade while keeping its customer rates among the lowest in the nation, Fehrman said. “Our progress would not have been possible without visionary state leaders and regulators and the tremendous support for renewable energy we have received from our customers, supplier partners and community leaders throughout the state of Iowa. We now have wind farms in operation or under construction in 23 Iowa counties and have partnered with more than 2,400 Iowa landowners – and we are prepared to do much more in pursuit of our 100 percent renewable vision.”

MidAmerican Energy will work to finalize locations for its Wind XI development while the Iowa Utilities Board considers the project filing request. The company has asked the IUB to approve its rate-making principles by September so it can take full advantage of the extended production tax credit available for the construction of new wind projects. Without PTCs to help fund the cost of wind development, Iowans will pay more for building wind turbines in the future. The Wind XI project has been timed to allow MidAmerican Energy to make maximum use of available wind PTCs for the benefit of customers.

MidAmerican Energy’s Experience with Wind Generation
MidAmerican Energy completed its first wind farm in 2004. Since then, the energy company has built 3,450 megawatts of wind energy. The company has invested $6.6 billion over the last 12 years building wind projects in Iowa; with the construction of Wind XI, that figure will climb to more than $10 billion in overall wind investment, all with minimal impact to customer costs. The benefits of renewable energy include:
Low power rates for customers. Unlike coal or natural gas, renewable energy has no fuel costs associated with it. Savings on fuel costs, along with production tax credits, have made wind an economical option that helps MidAmerican Energy keep prices stable and more affordable over the long term. MidAmerican Energy’s average retail prices in Iowa are seventh-lowest in the U.S. – approximately 38 percent below the national average.
A cleaner environment. Wind farms produce clean, carbon-free energy that consumers and businesses want. The development of additional renewable generation will put MidAmerican Energy and the state of Iowa in a strong position to comply with carbon emissions limits and other regulatory requirements without placing the financial burden of compliance on customers.
Stronger communities. Wind projects create construction jobs and permanent jobs in rural communities across the state. Additionally, wind farms provide millions of dollars annually in lease payments to landowners and property tax revenue that benefits schools and counties.
A more vibrant economy. Iowa is already known as a leader in renewable energy. Additional development of renewable resources will spur further growth of the state’s wind and solar industries. The renewable energy landscape in Iowa has already attracted businesses like Facebook, Google and Microsoft – further development will continue to encourage businesses to locate and expand in Iowa.

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 – (April 11, 2016) – April is National Safe Digging Month – a time to remind customers to always call 811 before excavating or digging. A simple call to 811 can prevent hit lines, damaged infrastructure, power outages, costly fines and in some cases, serious injury.

“April is the month when outdoor digging projects begin in earnest,” said Adam Wright, vice president, gas delivery for MidAmerican Energy. “From small do-it-yourself tasks to large construction jobs, every digging project requires a call to 811 – it’s quick, easy and provides for the safety of excavators and homeowners.”

Every six minutes in the U.S., an underground utility line is damaged because someone started digging without first calling 811. This toll-free number automatically connects callers who plan to dig with their state’s one call center. Professionals are then sent to the dig site to locate and mark underground power lines, gas lines and other utilities with flags or paint. Customers can also submit a locate request online by visiting their one call center’s website.

People are required to call 811 at least 48 hours before beginning any digging project. Wright said it’s not only important to your safety, it’s the law. “Even the smallest dent or scratch to an underground facility can put those doing the digging and their neighbors at risk,” he said. “The law applies to professional contractors as well as homeowners and includes a wide array of outdoor projects, such as grading, trenching, tiling, ditching, drilling, auguring, tunneling, scraping, cable or pipe plowing, driving stakes or poles, and the demolition of structures.”

Tips for safe digging:

Know what’s below. Call 811 or make an online request at least 48 hours before digging to have underground lines marked.
Projects large and small require a call. This includes activities such as planting trees, building decks, and installing a fence or mailbox.
Dig with care. The horizontal location of underground utilities will be marked, but their depth will not be. Any time you suspect unmarked hazards or if you must dig near a marked utility line, hand dig the area carefully. Backfill the soil gently to avoid damaging any utilities.

If an underground facility is struck:

• Leave the area immediately and tell others to stay away.
• Call 911 and then call 811 to report the incident.
• Report even minor damage; what looks harmless can cause big trouble.

If 811 is not available in a specific location, customers should call:

• Illinois – 800-892-0123
• Iowa – 800-292-8989
• Nebraska – 800-331-5666
• South Dakota – 800-781-7474

Residents should make arrangements with a private locate company to mark privately owned lines not owned by a utility. For more information on safe digging, visit MidAmerican Energy’s Digging and Excavating 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 – (April 1, 2016) – The winter moratorium in Iowa ends today. The moratorium prevents low-income eligible customers from being disconnected for non-payment from Nov. 1 through April 1, during the coldest months of the year. MidAmerican Energy Company encourages all customers who are concerned about paying their energy bill to call them toll-free at 888-427-5632 to discuss possible payment arrangements.

“We understand that every customer’s financial situation is unique, and we want to do whatever we can to help customers get back on track,” said Terry Ousley, vice president, customer service for MidAmerican Energy. “We have a variety of payment options, can set up payment agreements, and offer budget billing.”

Unfortunately, the end of the moratorium is often a time when scammers prey on energy customers. Typically, scammers pose as energy employees and threaten to shut off power unless immediate payment is made using a credit card or pre-paid (Green Dot) card. Customers who receive a suspicious call threatening immediate disconnection should hang up and call local police and MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 to report the scam and check on the status of their account.

Customers struggling to pay their bills are encouraged to contact their local community action agency to determine if they qualify for energy assistance. MidAmerican Energy’s I CARE program generates funds for local community action agencies to assist customers who qualify for the state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) with their bills. I CARE funds come from customer donations, with a 25 percent match from MidAmerican Energy. All customer donations stay in the community in which they were provided. In the last year, Iowa customers contributed nearly $200,000 to the I CARE program to help families in need.

Visit MidAmerican Energy’s website to learn more about the company’s payment and billing options.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company provides electric service to 752,000 customers and natural gas service to 733,000 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 – (March 30, 2016) – Prices on energy-saving LED light bulbs dropped by more than 50 percent in the last year, and with a MidAmerican Energy discount they’re even lower, with an average retail price of $2.50.

“Like all new technology, the price of LEDs has dropped significantly over the last few years, making it an easy decision when it comes to deciding whether LEDs or incandescent bulbs provide more value,” said Tina Yoder, director, energy efficiency for MidAmerican Energy. “The lower the price, the faster you’ll earn your money back through energy savings.”

Yoder said LEDs can help customers save energy and reduce their electricity bills. They work the same way as incandescent bulbs, offering the same brightness, yet they are much more efficient, and once installed, customers can reap savings for years.

LED light bulbs use just 15-20 percent of the energy an incandescent bulb uses and last up to 40 times longer, many with life spans over 20 years.

MidAmerican Energy works with lighting distributors in Iowa and select retail stores to offer a point-of-sale discount on certain types of LED bulbs through the Be Bright program. Be Bright is a lighting discount program that makes ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs more affordable. The program allows consumers to receive an instant discount on select LED purchases in select retail locations. Just look for the Be Bright label on the shelf, which indicates that you’re purchasing an ENERGY STAR certified bulb. The price tag includes the discount so no coupons or rebate forms are needed. A number of LED light bulbs, comparable in brightness to 60-watt incandescent bulbs, can be found at select retailers for as low as $1.99 with the Be Bright label.

“Be Bright is a simple discount program, requiring no forms or coupons,” said Yoder. “We wanted to make it easy for customers to make energy-efficiency improvements on their own in order to conserve energy and reduce their monthly bill, so we worked directly with retailers.”

MidAmerican Energy will host Be Bright events in retail stores in West Des Moines on April 1, Keokuk and Moline, Ill. on April 6, and Decorah on April 13. During the events, lighting experts will be available to help consumers learn more about the benefits of LED bulbs and how to choose the right bulb for the right job. Visit the Be Bright website for a listing of locations and times or call 800-339-6856.

Tips for Buying LED Bulbs

1. Before going to the store, inspect your light fixture to determine the size and brightness of LED you need.

2. Choose bulbs with the Be Bright label and ENERGY STAR logo. The Be Bright label means a discount is already included in the price tag. Only bulbs that meet or exceed government energy efficiency and performance standards can carry the ENERGY STAR logo.

3. With LEDs, a bulb’s lumen count, or brightness, is more important than the energy it uses. Look for LED bulbs with the lumens you need, not watts consumed. For instance, a 450-lumen LED bulb replaces a typical 40-watt incandescent bulb, and a LED bulb with 800 lumens easily replaces a 60-watt incandescent bulb. Visit the Be Bright website for a full watt-to-lumen comparison chart.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company provides electric service to 752,000 customers and natural gas service to 733,000 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 – (May 23, 2016) – MidAmerican Energy Company released a video today depicting the construction of the largest land-based wind turbine ever built in the United States.

"Reaching New Heights” uses a combination of time-lapse footage, aerial photography and behind-the-scenes action shots to document the steps involved in building MidAmerican Energy’s first concrete wind turbine tower, located at the company’s Adams wind farm in Adams County, Iowa. At 379 feet from ground to hub, the concrete turbine is more than 100 feet taller than its neighboring turbines constructed with steel towers.

Mike Gehringer, vice president, renewable energy, said the 2.415-megawatt concrete turbine featured in the video is a prototype that will allow MidAmerican Energy to evaluate the amount of additional wind energy that can be generated at higher altitudes. “We want to continue to be a leader in bringing innovative energy solutions to our customers and the state of Iowa,” Gehringer said. “Through investment in new methods and new technologies, we’ll move closer to our vision of supplying customers with 100 percent renewable energy.”

MidAmerican Energy contracted with Siemens Americas Onshore Wind for the supply and construction of the concrete tower. Mike McManus, head of business development and strategy for Siemens, said the patented tower technology was conceived, designed, engineered and constructed entirely in the United States. The blades for the turbine were manufactured at Siemens’ blade factory in Fort Madison, Iowa, and the concrete formwork was sourced from EFCO Corp. in Des Moines.

Construction of the tower began in August 2015. A pair of fixed, pole-mounted cameras captured every minute of the process, from initial site work to the placement of the rotor on the nacelle. Cameras on the ground provided close-ups of workers installing the foundation and bending steel rebar to construct the tower segments, while action cameras mounted on equipment delivered scenes from inside the tower while it was being constructed. Approximately six terabytes (6,000 gigabytes) of footage shot over 31 weeks was edited down to produce the final time-lapse video, which clocks in at just under six minutes in length.

“Building a concrete tower is an entirely different process from the one we use to build steel tower turbines,” Gehringer said. “Instead of manufacturing tower sections in a factory and transporting them to the site to be fitted together, crews pour the concrete in segments and erect the tower onsite. It’s fascinating to watch it all come together in this video.”

The concrete turbine is one of 64 wind turbines at the 154-megawatt Adams wind farm. With blades extended, the turbine reaches a height of 557 feet, making it just a little taller than the Washington Monument. Watch the "Reaching New Heights" video detailing the construction of this record-breaking project.

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 – (April 29, 2016) – MidAmerican Energy Company has been recognized as a Tree Line USA Utility for the 15th consecutive year. In celebration of the award and just in time for Arbor Day, the company encourages customers to think like an arborist when planting trees.

MidAmerican Energy employs and contracts 35 arborists, certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, who oversee tree trimming crews. MidAmerican Energy’s vegetation management program utilizes natural, scientific-based tree-trimming techniques to direct branches away from power lines and to preserve the health of trees. These efforts alleviate safety hazards and prevent power outages.

“We value trees in our communities and trim only what’s necessary to protect our customers’ service, keep them safe and preserve the health of the tree,” said Jason Ewers, MidAmerican Energy manager of vegetation management. “There are many things people should consider before selecting, siting and planting a tree.”

MidAmerican Energy arborists recommend the following before you plant.

Look Up

Trees that grow too close to power lines can cause power outages or create safety hazards. Falling trees or branches cause up to 10 percent of all electrical outages. Before planting, consider the tree’s height and canopy size at maturity. Trees under 25 feet may be planted next to overhead power lines. Trees over 25 feet should be planted at least 25 feet away from overhead lines, and trees that grow taller than 35 feet should be planted at least 50 feet away.

Look Down

Know what’s underground before planting. Call 811 at least 48 hours before digging to make sure there are no power, gas, fiber optic or other utility lines buried underground. Also, plant trees and shrubs at least 10 feet away from ground-mounted transformers.

Look Around

Trees provide an array of benefits, from cleaning the air and replenishing the soil to improving energy efficiency. According to the USDA Forest Service, trees strategically placed around your home can save you up to 56 percent on annual air-conditioning costs, while evergreens that block winter winds can save you three percent on heating costs. Plant deciduous trees on the west side of your house to provide summer shade but allow the winter rays to shine in when the trees lose their leaves. Plant evergreens on the north side of your home to shield winter winds and help you save on heating costs.

The Tree Line USA Utility award is presented by the National Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources – Forestry Bureau. The award recognizes energy companies across the nation for their efforts to protect and enhance trees while maintaining safe and reliable energy service.

Visit MidAmerican Energy’s website to learn more about its vegetation management or tree-related programs.

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 – (April 27, 2016) – Blue isn’t the only color at the Drake Relays this year. MidAmerican Energy Company is making the Drake Relays “green” by offsetting 100 percent of the electricity used during the event with wind energy.

To offset the electricity, Drake University will use renewable energy certificates donated from MidAmerican Energy’s Pomeroy wind farm, located in Pocahontas and Calhoun counties in Iowa.

“We are proud of the part we’re playing to make Iowa a national leader in wind energy,” said Mike Gehringer, vice president, renewable energy for MidAmerican Energy. “We recently announced plans for our biggest wind project ever, and partnering with the Drake Relays, one of the nation’s premier athletic events, is a great way to celebrate that announcement and create awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of wind.”

“It’s a big deal for the Drake Relays, presented by Hy-Vee, and Drake University for this to be a clean energy event,” said Brian Brown, director of the Drake Relays. “We value our partnerships tremendously, especially MidAmerican Energy’s ability to ensure that the Drake Relays run on clean, renewable energy produced in Iowa. Every year we challenge our partners and ourselves to continue to make the Relays one of the most unique events in the world. MidAmerican has met that challenge again with its commitment to provide renewable energy certificates to power the Drake Relays, presented by Hy-Vee.”

The use of wind energy at the Drake Relays comes just weeks after MidAmerican Energy announced its Wind XI project – a $3.6 billion project that will add up to 2,000 megawatts of wind generation in Iowa. If approved by the Iowa Utilities Board, the proposed plan will be the largest economic development project in the state’s history. Once complete, MidAmerican Energy will generate wind energy equal to 85 percent of its annual customer sales in Iowa, bringing it one step closer toward its vision of 100 percent renewable energy.

About the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee:
For one week a year, the Drake Relays, presented by Hy-Vee, brings together Iowa’s top high school athletes with the best collegiate and Olympic performers from across the nation and around the world. Every April at historic Drake Stadium, the competition is fierce, the athletes spectacular and the performances legendary. Fans have packed the stands for 106 runnings, witnessing the fall of 14 world records, 51 American records and 56 national collegiate records. It is this combination of unmatched atmosphere and the spirit of competition that truly makes the Drake Relays America’s Athletic Classic. For more information, visit www.DrakeRelays.org.

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 – (April 22, 2016) – Get a head start on spring cleaning this year with MidAmerican Energy Company’s Appliance Recycling program, a free program that will pick up your old, inefficient appliance, recycle it and send you a check.

“MidAmerican Energy recycled more than 6,200 refrigerators, freezers and air conditioning units in 2015,” said Tina Yoder, director, energy efficiency. “In 2016, our goal is to continue reducing landfill waste by helping customers recycle at least 8,000 appliances.”

Customers with a working refrigerator, freezer or room air conditioner can call 800-621-2757 to schedule a pick-up. A recycling company will haul away the old appliance free of charge, including removing the appliance from the customer’s home if needed. The customer will receive a rebate of $50 for a refrigerator or freezer and $25 for a window air conditioner.

“Older appliances can cost owners up to $100 per year in extra energy consumption, so you have to ask yourself if it’s worth keeping an old refrigerator around just to cool your soda,” Yoder said.

To qualify, you must be a MidAmerican Energy electric customer living in Iowa, Illinois or South Dakota. While the program targets residential customers, it is available to business customers who want to recycle residential-sized equipment.

Eligible refrigerators and freezers must be 10 cubic feet or larger; no commercial sizes are accepted, and the appliance must be in working condition.

MidAmerican Energy partners with the Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program to help protect the Earth’s ozone layer by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“When a customer uses our program, they can have peace of mind that their appliance is not filling up a landfill,” said Yoder. “We take the appliance apart and recycle 95 percent of the components, including toxins and harmful gases.”

For additional information regarding rebate programs, visit MidAmerican Energy’s rebates 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 – (April 14, 2016) – Today, MidAmerican Energy Company announced a major project that will provide a cleaner energy future for Iowa. The announcement is a giant step toward realizing the company’s vision of 100 percent renewable energy for customers in the state.

MidAmerican Energy is filing a request with the Iowa Utilities Board to build Wind XI, a project that will add up to 2,000 megawatts of wind generation in Iowa. The proposed $3.6 billion project is the largest wind project MidAmerican Energy has ever undertaken, and it’s being done without asking for an increase in customer rates or financial assistance from the state to pay for it.

“We have a bold vision for our energy future,” said Bill Fehrman, CEO and president of MidAmerican Energy. “We don’t know of another U.S. energy provider that has staked out this 100 percent position. Our customers want more renewable energy, and we couldn’t agree more. Once the project is complete, we will generate wind energy equal to 85 percent of our annual customer sales in Iowa, bringing us within striking distance of our 100 percent renewable vision.”

The announcement came at a news conference attended by Gov. Terry Branstad and Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The proposed $3.6 billion Wind XI plan is the largest economic development project in the state’s history. The development of additional renewable generation puts MidAmerican Energy and the state of Iowa in a strong position to comply with carbon emissions limits and other regulatory requirements.

Branstad said he is proud of MidAmerican Energy’s long-standing and ongoing commitment to clean energy, which has helped make Iowa a national leader in renewable energy.

“Wind XI puts Iowa on track to be the first state in the nation to generate more than 40 percent of its energy needs from wind power – far ahead of any other state. Today, Iowa is the only state to have crossed the 30 percent mark,” Branstad said. “We welcome this opportunity to expand Iowa’s renewable energy and thank MidAmerican Energy for making this investment in our great state. Every wind turbine you see in Iowa means income for farmers, revenue for counties and jobs for Iowa families.”

Director Durham added that wind power supports as many as 7,000 jobs in Iowa. She said the industry’s growth, its cost competitiveness and job creation have been driven by the wind production tax credits.

“Investments of this scale are viable because federal production tax credits are at their highest level. It makes sense to leverage that benefit to solidify Iowa’s leadership in wind energy. Today’s announcement continues to build Iowa’s legacy in the renewable energy space – and in a very real way, provides economic benefits to all Iowans,” Durham said.

Fehrman detailed some of the many economic benefits Wind XI will generate in the state: approximately $12.5 million per year in property tax payments, $18 million per year in landowner payments, and $48 million per year in state and local expenditures associated with the project.

MidAmerican Energy has been able to build renewable energy over the past decade while keeping its customer rates among the lowest in the nation, Fehrman said. “Our progress would not have been possible without visionary state leaders and regulators and the tremendous support for renewable energy we have received from our customers, supplier partners and community leaders throughout the state of Iowa. We now have wind farms in operation or under construction in 23 Iowa counties and have partnered with more than 2,400 Iowa landowners – and we are prepared to do much more in pursuit of our 100 percent renewable vision.”

MidAmerican Energy will work to finalize locations for its Wind XI development while the Iowa Utilities Board considers the project filing request. The company has asked the IUB to approve its rate-making principles by September so it can take full advantage of the extended production tax credit available for the construction of new wind projects. Without PTCs to help fund the cost of wind development, Iowans will pay more for building wind turbines in the future. The Wind XI project has been timed to allow MidAmerican Energy to make maximum use of available wind PTCs for the benefit of customers.

MidAmerican Energy’s Experience with Wind Generation
MidAmerican Energy completed its first wind farm in 2004. Since then, the energy company has built 3,450 megawatts of wind energy. The company has invested $6.6 billion over the last 12 years building wind projects in Iowa; with the construction of Wind XI, that figure will climb to more than $10 billion in overall wind investment, all with minimal impact to customer costs. The benefits of renewable energy include:
Low power rates for customers. Unlike coal or natural gas, renewable energy has no fuel costs associated with it. Savings on fuel costs, along with production tax credits, have made wind an economical option that helps MidAmerican Energy keep prices stable and more affordable over the long term. MidAmerican Energy’s average retail prices in Iowa are seventh-lowest in the U.S. – approximately 38 percent below the national average.
A cleaner environment. Wind farms produce clean, carbon-free energy that consumers and businesses want. The development of additional renewable generation will put MidAmerican Energy and the state of Iowa in a strong position to comply with carbon emissions limits and other regulatory requirements without placing the financial burden of compliance on customers.
Stronger communities. Wind projects create construction jobs and permanent jobs in rural communities across the state. Additionally, wind farms provide millions of dollars annually in lease payments to landowners and property tax revenue that benefits schools and counties.
A more vibrant economy. Iowa is already known as a leader in renewable energy. Additional development of renewable resources will spur further growth of the state’s wind and solar industries. The renewable energy landscape in Iowa has already attracted businesses like Facebook, Google and Microsoft – further development will continue to encourage businesses to locate and expand in Iowa.

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 – (April 11, 2016) – April is National Safe Digging Month – a time to remind customers to always call 811 before excavating or digging. A simple call to 811 can prevent hit lines, damaged infrastructure, power outages, costly fines and in some cases, serious injury.

“April is the month when outdoor digging projects begin in earnest,” said Adam Wright, vice president, gas delivery for MidAmerican Energy. “From small do-it-yourself tasks to large construction jobs, every digging project requires a call to 811 – it’s quick, easy and provides for the safety of excavators and homeowners.”

Every six minutes in the U.S., an underground utility line is damaged because someone started digging without first calling 811. This toll-free number automatically connects callers who plan to dig with their state’s one call center. Professionals are then sent to the dig site to locate and mark underground power lines, gas lines and other utilities with flags or paint. Customers can also submit a locate request online by visiting their one call center’s website.

People are required to call 811 at least 48 hours before beginning any digging project. Wright said it’s not only important to your safety, it’s the law. “Even the smallest dent or scratch to an underground facility can put those doing the digging and their neighbors at risk,” he said. “The law applies to professional contractors as well as homeowners and includes a wide array of outdoor projects, such as grading, trenching, tiling, ditching, drilling, auguring, tunneling, scraping, cable or pipe plowing, driving stakes or poles, and the demolition of structures.”

Tips for safe digging:

Know what’s below. Call 811 or make an online request at least 48 hours before digging to have underground lines marked.
Projects large and small require a call. This includes activities such as planting trees, building decks, and installing a fence or mailbox.
Dig with care. The horizontal location of underground utilities will be marked, but their depth will not be. Any time you suspect unmarked hazards or if you must dig near a marked utility line, hand dig the area carefully. Backfill the soil gently to avoid damaging any utilities.

If an underground facility is struck:

• Leave the area immediately and tell others to stay away.
• Call 911 and then call 811 to report the incident.
• Report even minor damage; what looks harmless can cause big trouble.

If 811 is not available in a specific location, customers should call:

• Illinois – 800-892-0123
• Iowa – 800-292-8989
• Nebraska – 800-331-5666
• South Dakota – 800-781-7474

Residents should make arrangements with a private locate company to mark privately owned lines not owned by a utility. For more information on safe digging, visit MidAmerican Energy’s Digging and Excavating 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 – (April 1, 2016) – The winter moratorium in Iowa ends today. The moratorium prevents low-income eligible customers from being disconnected for non-payment from Nov. 1 through April 1, during the coldest months of the year. MidAmerican Energy Company encourages all customers who are concerned about paying their energy bill to call them toll-free at 888-427-5632 to discuss possible payment arrangements.

“We understand that every customer’s financial situation is unique, and we want to do whatever we can to help customers get back on track,” said Terry Ousley, vice president, customer service for MidAmerican Energy. “We have a variety of payment options, can set up payment agreements, and offer budget billing.”

Unfortunately, the end of the moratorium is often a time when scammers prey on energy customers. Typically, scammers pose as energy employees and threaten to shut off power unless immediate payment is made using a credit card or pre-paid (Green Dot) card. Customers who receive a suspicious call threatening immediate disconnection should hang up and call local police and MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 to report the scam and check on the status of their account.

Customers struggling to pay their bills are encouraged to contact their local community action agency to determine if they qualify for energy assistance. MidAmerican Energy’s I CARE program generates funds for local community action agencies to assist customers who qualify for the state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) with their bills. I CARE funds come from customer donations, with a 25 percent match from MidAmerican Energy. All customer donations stay in the community in which they were provided. In the last year, Iowa customers contributed nearly $200,000 to the I CARE program to help families in need.

Visit MidAmerican Energy’s website to learn more about the company’s payment and billing options.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company provides electric service to 752,000 customers and natural gas service to 733,000 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 – (March 30, 2016) – Prices on energy-saving LED light bulbs dropped by more than 50 percent in the last year, and with a MidAmerican Energy discount they’re even lower, with an average retail price of $2.50.

“Like all new technology, the price of LEDs has dropped significantly over the last few years, making it an easy decision when it comes to deciding whether LEDs or incandescent bulbs provide more value,” said Tina Yoder, director, energy efficiency for MidAmerican Energy. “The lower the price, the faster you’ll earn your money back through energy savings.”

Yoder said LEDs can help customers save energy and reduce their electricity bills. They work the same way as incandescent bulbs, offering the same brightness, yet they are much more efficient, and once installed, customers can reap savings for years.

LED light bulbs use just 15-20 percent of the energy an incandescent bulb uses and last up to 40 times longer, many with life spans over 20 years.

MidAmerican Energy works with lighting distributors in Iowa and select retail stores to offer a point-of-sale discount on certain types of LED bulbs through the Be Bright program. Be Bright is a lighting discount program that makes ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs more affordable. The program allows consumers to receive an instant discount on select LED purchases in select retail locations. Just look for the Be Bright label on the shelf, which indicates that you’re purchasing an ENERGY STAR certified bulb. The price tag includes the discount so no coupons or rebate forms are needed. A number of LED light bulbs, comparable in brightness to 60-watt incandescent bulbs, can be found at select retailers for as low as $1.99 with the Be Bright label.

“Be Bright is a simple discount program, requiring no forms or coupons,” said Yoder. “We wanted to make it easy for customers to make energy-efficiency improvements on their own in order to conserve energy and reduce their monthly bill, so we worked directly with retailers.”

MidAmerican Energy will host Be Bright events in retail stores in West Des Moines on April 1, Keokuk and Moline, Ill. on April 6, and Decorah on April 13. During the events, lighting experts will be available to help consumers learn more about the benefits of LED bulbs and how to choose the right bulb for the right job. Visit the Be Bright website for a listing of locations and times or call 800-339-6856.

Tips for Buying LED Bulbs

1. Before going to the store, inspect your light fixture to determine the size and brightness of LED you need.

2. Choose bulbs with the Be Bright label and ENERGY STAR logo. The Be Bright label means a discount is already included in the price tag. Only bulbs that meet or exceed government energy efficiency and performance standards can carry the ENERGY STAR logo.

3. With LEDs, a bulb’s lumen count, or brightness, is more important than the energy it uses. Look for LED bulbs with the lumens you need, not watts consumed. For instance, a 450-lumen LED bulb replaces a typical 40-watt incandescent bulb, and a LED bulb with 800 lumens easily replaces a 60-watt incandescent bulb. Visit the Be Bright website for a full watt-to-lumen comparison chart.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company provides electric service to 752,000 customers and natural gas service to 733,000 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 – (March 23, 2016) – The Iowa Energy will host two Go Green Nights, sponsored by MidAmerican Energy, tomorrow and Saturday at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

During the games, Iowa Energy players will wear special green jerseys to illustrate the importance of energy efficiency, and fans will have a chance to win free giveaways, such as special energy efficiency tip trading cards, which include ideas for how to save energy and money at your home or business.

MidAmerican Energy is helping the Iowa Energy “go green” by retiring Renewable Energy Credits generated from its Pomeroy wind farm to offset 100 percent of the electricity used during the games. This represents a reduction of approximately 167 tons of carbon dioxide emissions – roughly equivalent to the emissions produced from more than 17,000 gallons of gasoline.

As part of their own commitment to Go Green, Iowa Energy players, coaches and staff will visit Hillis Elementary School in Des Moines today to help students beautify their school landscape by planting shrubs and flowers and working in the school’s garden.

In addition to the green initiatives, select players’ jerseys will be available for silent auction during the games. The auction will conclude after Saturday’s game with all proceeds going to MidAmerican Energy’s I CARE program. Fans do not need to be present to win.

I CARE donates funds to local agencies to assist customers who are unemployed, living on fixed or low incomes, or experiencing a family crisis in paying their utility bills or making their homes more energy efficient. I CARE funding comes from customer donations, with a 25 percent match by MidAmerican Energy for all funds raised. All donations go directly to the agency that oversees the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in the area where the contribution originated.

Tickets to tomorrow’s and Saturday’s Go Green Nights are available by calling 515-564-8550, visiting www.IowaNBA.com, or by stopping by the arena box office.

MidAmerican Energy and the Iowa Energy encourage customers and fans to go green this spring by supporting the team and learning more about ways they can save energy in their homes and businesses. Information about energy efficiency programs and tips are available on MidAmerican Energy’s website. Also look for energy efficiency tips on the MidAmerican Energy and Iowa Energy social media pages, which can be accessed via www.midamericanenergy.com and www.IowaNBA.com.

MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company provides electric service to 752,000 customers and natural gas service to 733,000 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.

Iowa Energy
Iowa Energy single game tickets are on sale starting at just $8 for the remaining 2015-16 regular season home games. 2016-17 season tickets are also on sale starting at just $199. For more information, visit www.IowaNBA.com or contact the Energy at (515)-564-8550. For more information on the Energy, ‘like’ the Iowa Energy on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram (@iowaenergy).

For more information, contact:
Media Relations, MidAmerican Energy Company (515-281-2266)
mediahotline@midamerican.com

Mike Leighton, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Iowa Energy (515-564-8555)
mleighton@iowanba.com

Randi Burrell, Director of Operations, Iowa Energy (515-564-8554)
rburrell@iowanba.com
DES MOINES, Iowa – (March 14, 2016) – The National Weather Service has designated March 14 to 18 as Flood Safety Awareness Week. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States – they can happen at any time and anywhere – and damages can total in the billions of dollars each year, according to the National Flood Insurance Program.

MidAmerican Energy Company is reminding the public that flooding poses serious risks to customers and our utility infrastructure. To help customers prepare for potential spring floods, MidAmerican Energy is offering the following tips for flood readiness:

Know the risks
Seasonal floods, flash flooding and isolated home flooding events can impair the safe operation of natural gas equipment and appliances. Additionally, when outlets or cords are submerged, flood waters can cause electrocution and fires. Only a few inches of water in a basement or around a structure can cause risks. Unplug and move appliances to a higher level, but do not approach or unplug equipment if the floor is already wet.

“When it comes to flooding, two things cause concern for MidAmerican Energy: the damage that flooding can cause to equipment and the chance we’ll lose access to a property to disconnect services as water rises,” added Jerry Hempel, general manager, of gas operations.

If gas and electric services are turned off in time, risks of shock, natural gas leaks and property damage fall significantly.

Suspend service early
“Customers should call before water is threatening their homes,” said Tom Wilson, general manager, of electric operations. “MidAmerican Energy does not charge customers for shutting off or restarting service when there is flooding. It keeps customers and their homes safe, and helps us avoid major issues in the long run.”

If your home is threatened by water, customers should contact MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 to have electric and gas services disabled. When there is time, MidAmerican Energy crews will work with local officials and emergency responders to shut off service before neighborhoods have flooded.

After a flood
When re-entering a home, emergency responders and residents should be aware that electric lines and natural gas pipelines can be hiding in water that has flooded a building. Do not enter an area when water is covering electrical outlets, if you hear snapping or humming, or smell natural gas. Call 911 and MidAmerican Energy if you do.

“Once the water recedes, property owners should have walls, meters and appliances inspected by a professional. Water-damaged equipment must be replaced,” Hempel said.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company provides electric service to 752,000 customers and natural gas service to 733,000 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.