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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 752,000 electric customers and 733,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (July 13, 2016) – For the ninth consecutive year, MidAmerican Energy Company’s residential customers have ranked the company highest for overall satisfaction in the Large-Midwest category in the 2016 J.D. Power Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM.

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

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

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

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

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 752,000 electric customers and 733,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (July 7, 2016) – Temperatures are climbing this summer, but that doesn’t mean your cooling bills have to. MidAmerican Energy offers billing solutions and tips to help customers keep their summer energy bills in check.

Due to a warmer than normal spring, MidAmerican Energy customers used about 10 percent more energy in June than last year as air conditioners worked overtime.

To avoid being surprised by high bills this summer, MidAmerican Energy encourages customers to sign up for its Budget Billing program. The program is free and spreads payments out evenly over the entire year, so customers pay the same amount each month. While Budget Billing is not a discount program and offers no savings or lower rates, you do get the convenience of a more predictable bill.

“Knowing how much to budget each month for your energy bills can make paying them easier,” said Terry Ousley, vice president, customer service for MidAmerican Energy. “We encourage any customer who is struggling to pay a high energy bill to call us. We want to work with them to find a solution that meets their needs.”

The monthly amount for budget billing is calculated by averaging a customer’s past usage history and projected energy prices. The amount is reviewed every three or six months. During the review process, a customer’s average monthly cost is recalculated. If the budget bill amount is adjusted, a new budget amount will start with the next bill.

In addition to managing their bills, customers can implement five simple steps to help keep costs down.

1. Keep your thermostat set at 78 degrees or higher during the summer. Consider using a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature when you’re asleep or away to save even more.

2. Keep drapes and blinds closed on hot, sunny days. This helps reduce the amount of solar heat coming in through the windows.

3. Consider using fans to supplement air conditioning. Dialing up the thermostat by just 2 degrees and using your ceiling fan can lower air-conditioning costs by up to 14 percent over the course of the cooling season.

4. Use heat-generating appliances such as ovens, dishwashers and clothes dryers during the cool of the late evening or early morning. Better yet, hang clothes to dry or cook outdoors on the grill and avoid turning on appliances at all.

5. Make sure air registers and radiators aren’t being blocked by objects in your home. In addition, be sure to dust or vacuum registers or radiators on a regular basis.

Visit our website for more energy-saving tips. To sign up for Budget Billing log in to My Account or call 888-427-5632.

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 – (June 21, 2016) – MidAmerican Energy Company is warning the public of a phone scam targeting energy customers in Iowa.

Today, nearly 40 MidAmerican Energy customers reported receiving a call from someone claiming to work for MidAmerican Energy and threatening to disconnect service in exchange for payment. The scams are widespread, targeting customers in the areas of Davenport, Sioux City, Des Moines, Waterloo, Fort Dodge and Oskaloosa.

The scam typically works like this: the scammer tells the potential victim that they owe money and that if they don’t immediately pay, their service will be disconnected. Often, they require that the person pay with a pre-paid debit card, sometimes referred to as a Green Dot card. This is a red flag. MidAmerican Energy does not accept prepaid (Green Dot) cards as a way to pay your bill.

The scammers are persistent and use sophisticated methods to trick customers, including Caller ID technology and a phone response system that mimics MidAmerican Energy’s, making the call appear as if it is coming from the company when it is not.

If you get a suspicious call, hang up and call your local police and MidAmerican Energy at 1-888-427-5632.

Three tips to recognize a scam call:

1. The caller is threatening immediate disconnection. Sometimes the caller will claim a crew is already en route to the business to disconnect service. Customers should hang up immediately and call MidAmerican Energy at 1-888-427-5632. MidAmerican Energy makes several attempts to contact customers regarding overdue bills; disconnection is a last resort, not a first step in the process.

2. The caller insists on a prepaid debit card (often a Green Dot card) as the only acceptable form of payment. MidAmerican Energy does not accept prepaid debit (Green Dot) cards as a form of payment; a company customer service representative can go over payment options with you.

3. The caller asks for credit card numbers, account numbers, balances or other personal information. MidAmerican Energy will not ask you for this information over the phone. Never give out financial or personal information.

Watch MidAmerican Energy’s scam prevention video for more advice on how to protect yourself from fraudulent calls.

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 – (June 16, 2016) – MidAmerican Energy Company is hosting its most colorful event yet at this year’s Des Moines Arts Festival® in Western Gateway Park June 24-26.

A sponsor of the event, MidAmerican Energy is hosting BOOM! Art, an interactive coloring station that allows festivalgoers of all ages to try their hand at art. The company will hang a vinyl coloring roll from the bucket of one of its electric service trucks. Once attendees finish coloring an eight-foot section, the boom, which raises and lowers the bucket, will lift the mural into the air so another section can be completed. With a 30-foot vertical reach, a huge mural will hang from the truck by the end of the festival.

“We are literally taking coloring to new heights,” said Kathryn Kunert, vice president, economic connection and integration for MidAmerican Energy. “This is one of the biggest festivals in central Iowa and we’re excited to offer a new, interactive way for community members of all ages to get involved.”

BOOM! Art will be supported by one of MidAmerican Energy’s new Green Fleet service trucks. The truck is not just green in color, but also in the way it operates. It uses a large battery pack to operate the boom and other vehicle features. In conventional service trucks, the boom is powered by the vehicle’s engine, which means the vehicle has to idle the entire time the bucket is in use. By cutting idle time, the Green Fleet trucks save gas and reduce carbon emissions.

“Sustainability and a goal of zero waste by 2017 are top priorities for this year’s festival,” said Stephen King, Executive Director, Des Moines Arts Festival. “MidAmerican Energy’s BOOM! Art parallels with our efforts to ensure that the event doesn’t negatively impact our environment and community.”

BOOM! Art will be located at the corner of 15th Street and Grand Avenue. According to Louie the Lightning Bug, mascot for MidAmerican Energy, “Coloring is my specialty! The Arts Festival is a great way to bring the community together and teach kids about energy safety.” Louie will be at BOOM! Art Saturday and Sunday. The Des Moines Arts Festival is free and includes live music, arts, activities and much more. For more information, visit www.desmoinesartsfestival.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.

About Des Moines Arts Festival®
The Gold Grand Pinnacle Award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival® presented by Register Media is an annual three-day free arts and culture Festival the last weekend in June. The Festival invites you to ‘go where it takes you…” by engaging with 180 invited professional visual artists, emerging Iowa artists, the cutting-edge Interrobang Film Festival, live music, performing arts, interactive arts activities, award-winning community outreach programs, live artist demonstrations, artisan food, and beverages for every taste. For more information please visit us online at www.desmoinesartsfestival.org, socialize with us at www.facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival, Twitter: @DMArtsFestival, Instagram:
desmoinesartsfestival #DMAF2016 #GoWhereItTakesYou.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (June 14, 2016) – June is National Safety Month, a perfect time for MidAmerican Energy Company to remind customers to play it safe around outdoor electricity this summer. Before you fire up the grill, jump in the pool or tackle that home improvement project, review our top five tips for avoiding outdoor electric hazards:

1. Water and electricity don’t mix.
Keep all electrical appliances, equipment and devices at least 10 feet away from water. Don’t use electric equipment when it’s raining or the ground is wet. Avoid using plug-in devices on pool decks or near hot tubs; if an electric appliance does accidentally fall into water, unplug it from the outlet before attempting to retrieve it. All outdoor electric outlets should be protected with a weatherproof cover and ground fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI.

2. Look up and live.
Always be aware of the location of overhead power lines. Keep ladders and other equipment at least 10 feet away from power lines. Be especially careful when moving equipment; carry ladders, pool skimmers and similar long-handled items in the horizontal position, rather than the vertical position, to avoid accidental contact with overhead lines.

3. Teach safety.
It’s never too early to teach children about the dangers of playing on or near electrical equipment. Remind them to fly kites only in open areas away from power lines. Children should never attempt to climb utility poles or trees with power lines running through them, play on electrical boxes, or enter an electric substation. If a ball, toy or pet ends up on the wrong side of a substation fence, call MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 for help retrieving it.

4. Call before you dig.
At least 48 hours before any digging or excavation project, call 811 to reach your state’s One Call Center so utility representatives can mark the location of underground lines. It’s the law. Digging into an underground line could kill or injure you, and often results in costly repairs and loss of service for you and your neighbors. Avoid these consequences with a simple call to 811; the service is free.

5. Manage your cords.
When bringing electric tools out of storage at the beginning of the season, check the cords and plugs to make sure they aren’t worn or damaged. Always keep the cord behind you when using an electric lawn mower, hedge trimmer, leaf blower or other electric appliance in your yard. Try slinging the cord over your shoulder or looping it in your hand to keep it away from blades or other moving parts. Children and pets can easily trip over power cords, so don’t allow them to be in the area when you are operating electric lawn tools. Use only weather-resistant heavy gauge extension cords labeled for outdoor use. Remember that extension cords are intended for short-term needs, not long-term power solutions.

For more tips on keeping you and your family safe this summer – and all year long – visit www.midamericanenergy.com and click on the Safety tab on the home page.


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 – (June 9, 2016) – With temperatures expected to hit 90 degrees this week, air conditioners will be working longer and harder. MidAmerican Energy encourages customers to schedule a HomeCheck now in order to prevent cooling costs from heating up this summer.

HomeCheck is an on-site, free energy assessment that provides valuable insight into your home’s energy usage. Here are eight things to know about HomeCheck.

1. More than 3,000 MidAmerican Energy customers have already participated in a HomeCheck this year.

2. During a HomeCheck, an energy expert will walk through your home and look for energy-saving opportunities. They’ll evaluate your heating and cooling systems, water heating equipment, appliances, lighting, windows and doors.

3. The energy expert will measure your home’s insulation levels and advise you on whether more insulation should be added. Having good insulation can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs.

4. You’ll receive a report of where your highest energy costs are and get tips on how to save energy and money.

5. Customers interested in making recommended improvements can visit MidAmerican Energy’s Trade Ally Partners search tool to find contractors knowledgeable about the company’s rebate and energy efficiency programs, making it easier for you to apply and qualify for rebates.

6. As part of HomeCheck, the energy expert may make free improvements on the spot by installing devices such as a programmable thermostat, smart power strip, energy efficient light bulbs, low-flow shower head or faucet aerator.

7. To qualify for a HomeCheck, your home must be at least 10 years old and MidAmerican Energy must supply the primary heating fuel to your home. Complete the Home Energy Request form online or call 800-545-0762 to schedule a HomeCheck.

8. Generally, HomeChecks occur within a few weeks after they are scheduled.

If your home is less than 10 years old or you are not ready to schedule a HomeCheck, you can take a free online energy assessment by visiting www.midamericanenergy.com/homeaudit. The online energy assessment provides an overview of your energy usage and offers energy saving tips to help you reduce and save.

To learn more about HomeCheck and other energy-saving tips, visit www.midamericanenergy.com and select the Rebates/Energy Savings tab.

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 – (June 1, 2016) – MidAmerican Energy Company is teaming up with the Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo to enhance the viewing experience for fans at this year’s event.

The MidAmerican Energy Green Canyon creates a stadium-like atmosphere in the picturesque areas around the 16th, 17th and 18th holes at Wakonda Club in Des Moines, where the PGA TOUR Champions event tees off this week. Fans visiting the Green Canyon can enjoy the new Hornitos Hacienda Party Deck, prime hillside seating, high-definition video boards, and much more.

“The three finishing holes are where the excitement of the tournament reaches its peak,” said Greg Conrad, Principal Charity Classic Tournament Director. “We wanted the spectator areas and fan amenities surrounding these holes to reflect that excitement. We’re delighted to have MidAmerican Energy as a partner in creating this new hot spot for fans at the Principal Charity Classic.”

Since 2011, MidAmerican Energy has sponsored the tournament’s Shoot For Zero initiative, a series of efforts designed to minimize the environmental impact of the event. Kathryn Kunert, vice president, economic connection and integration for MidAmerican Energy, said the Green Canyon sponsorship in 2016 is another way the company demonstrates its commitment to an event that contributes to the economic vitality and quality of life in central Iowa.

“We’re proud of the fact that we helped make the Principal Charity Classic the first carbon-neutral event on the PGA TOUR Champions,” Kunert said. “With the creation of the Green Canyon, we’re giving fans another reason to come out and enjoy this beautiful setting at Wakonda Club and see some of the world’s best golfers. The Green Canyon is a natural tie-in with MidAmerican Energy’s efforts to create a cleaner, greener Iowa through the use of renewable energy.”

The MidAmerican Energy Green Canyon is located just a short walk from the Park Avenue entrance to Wakonda Club. From this vantage point, fans can watch players putt on the par-4 16th hole, play the par-3 17th, and tee off on the 18th hole. Food, drink and merchandise vendors are located nearby. Fans who can’t make it to the course can follow the action in the Green Canyon 24 hours a day via the KCCI-8 Live Look-In Camera, which will be streaming video on the tournament website.

The Principal Charity Classic opened to the public on May 31, with the professional tournament teeing off Friday through Sunday, June 3-5. A popular stop on the PGA TOUR Champions schedule, this year’s event boasts a strong field of 81 Champions players, including newcomers John Daly and Miguel Angel Jimenez and defending champion Mark Calcavecchia. Since 2007, the event has contributed more than $7.7 million to children’s charities in central Iowa and across the state.

For tickets and other information about the tournament, visit www.principalcharityclassic.com.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 752,000 electric customers and 733,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 752,000 electric customers and 733,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (July 13, 2016) – For the ninth consecutive year, MidAmerican Energy Company’s residential customers have ranked the company highest for overall satisfaction in the Large-Midwest category in the 2016 J.D. Power Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM.

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

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

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

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

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 752,000 electric customers and 733,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (July 7, 2016) – Temperatures are climbing this summer, but that doesn’t mean your cooling bills have to. MidAmerican Energy offers billing solutions and tips to help customers keep their summer energy bills in check.

Due to a warmer than normal spring, MidAmerican Energy customers used about 10 percent more energy in June than last year as air conditioners worked overtime.

To avoid being surprised by high bills this summer, MidAmerican Energy encourages customers to sign up for its Budget Billing program. The program is free and spreads payments out evenly over the entire year, so customers pay the same amount each month. While Budget Billing is not a discount program and offers no savings or lower rates, you do get the convenience of a more predictable bill.

“Knowing how much to budget each month for your energy bills can make paying them easier,” said Terry Ousley, vice president, customer service for MidAmerican Energy. “We encourage any customer who is struggling to pay a high energy bill to call us. We want to work with them to find a solution that meets their needs.”

The monthly amount for budget billing is calculated by averaging a customer’s past usage history and projected energy prices. The amount is reviewed every three or six months. During the review process, a customer’s average monthly cost is recalculated. If the budget bill amount is adjusted, a new budget amount will start with the next bill.

In addition to managing their bills, customers can implement five simple steps to help keep costs down.

1. Keep your thermostat set at 78 degrees or higher during the summer. Consider using a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature when you’re asleep or away to save even more.

2. Keep drapes and blinds closed on hot, sunny days. This helps reduce the amount of solar heat coming in through the windows.

3. Consider using fans to supplement air conditioning. Dialing up the thermostat by just 2 degrees and using your ceiling fan can lower air-conditioning costs by up to 14 percent over the course of the cooling season.

4. Use heat-generating appliances such as ovens, dishwashers and clothes dryers during the cool of the late evening or early morning. Better yet, hang clothes to dry or cook outdoors on the grill and avoid turning on appliances at all.

5. Make sure air registers and radiators aren’t being blocked by objects in your home. In addition, be sure to dust or vacuum registers or radiators on a regular basis.

Visit our website for more energy-saving tips. To sign up for Budget Billing log in to My Account or call 888-427-5632.

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 – (June 21, 2016) – MidAmerican Energy Company is warning the public of a phone scam targeting energy customers in Iowa.

Today, nearly 40 MidAmerican Energy customers reported receiving a call from someone claiming to work for MidAmerican Energy and threatening to disconnect service in exchange for payment. The scams are widespread, targeting customers in the areas of Davenport, Sioux City, Des Moines, Waterloo, Fort Dodge and Oskaloosa.

The scam typically works like this: the scammer tells the potential victim that they owe money and that if they don’t immediately pay, their service will be disconnected. Often, they require that the person pay with a pre-paid debit card, sometimes referred to as a Green Dot card. This is a red flag. MidAmerican Energy does not accept prepaid (Green Dot) cards as a way to pay your bill.

The scammers are persistent and use sophisticated methods to trick customers, including Caller ID technology and a phone response system that mimics MidAmerican Energy’s, making the call appear as if it is coming from the company when it is not.

If you get a suspicious call, hang up and call your local police and MidAmerican Energy at 1-888-427-5632.

Three tips to recognize a scam call:

1. The caller is threatening immediate disconnection. Sometimes the caller will claim a crew is already en route to the business to disconnect service. Customers should hang up immediately and call MidAmerican Energy at 1-888-427-5632. MidAmerican Energy makes several attempts to contact customers regarding overdue bills; disconnection is a last resort, not a first step in the process.

2. The caller insists on a prepaid debit card (often a Green Dot card) as the only acceptable form of payment. MidAmerican Energy does not accept prepaid debit (Green Dot) cards as a form of payment; a company customer service representative can go over payment options with you.

3. The caller asks for credit card numbers, account numbers, balances or other personal information. MidAmerican Energy will not ask you for this information over the phone. Never give out financial or personal information.

Watch MidAmerican Energy’s scam prevention video for more advice on how to protect yourself from fraudulent calls.

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 – (June 16, 2016) – MidAmerican Energy Company is hosting its most colorful event yet at this year’s Des Moines Arts Festival® in Western Gateway Park June 24-26.

A sponsor of the event, MidAmerican Energy is hosting BOOM! Art, an interactive coloring station that allows festivalgoers of all ages to try their hand at art. The company will hang a vinyl coloring roll from the bucket of one of its electric service trucks. Once attendees finish coloring an eight-foot section, the boom, which raises and lowers the bucket, will lift the mural into the air so another section can be completed. With a 30-foot vertical reach, a huge mural will hang from the truck by the end of the festival.

“We are literally taking coloring to new heights,” said Kathryn Kunert, vice president, economic connection and integration for MidAmerican Energy. “This is one of the biggest festivals in central Iowa and we’re excited to offer a new, interactive way for community members of all ages to get involved.”

BOOM! Art will be supported by one of MidAmerican Energy’s new Green Fleet service trucks. The truck is not just green in color, but also in the way it operates. It uses a large battery pack to operate the boom and other vehicle features. In conventional service trucks, the boom is powered by the vehicle’s engine, which means the vehicle has to idle the entire time the bucket is in use. By cutting idle time, the Green Fleet trucks save gas and reduce carbon emissions.

“Sustainability and a goal of zero waste by 2017 are top priorities for this year’s festival,” said Stephen King, Executive Director, Des Moines Arts Festival. “MidAmerican Energy’s BOOM! Art parallels with our efforts to ensure that the event doesn’t negatively impact our environment and community.”

BOOM! Art will be located at the corner of 15th Street and Grand Avenue. According to Louie the Lightning Bug, mascot for MidAmerican Energy, “Coloring is my specialty! The Arts Festival is a great way to bring the community together and teach kids about energy safety.” Louie will be at BOOM! Art Saturday and Sunday. The Des Moines Arts Festival is free and includes live music, arts, activities and much more. For more information, visit www.desmoinesartsfestival.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.

About Des Moines Arts Festival®
The Gold Grand Pinnacle Award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival® presented by Register Media is an annual three-day free arts and culture Festival the last weekend in June. The Festival invites you to ‘go where it takes you…” by engaging with 180 invited professional visual artists, emerging Iowa artists, the cutting-edge Interrobang Film Festival, live music, performing arts, interactive arts activities, award-winning community outreach programs, live artist demonstrations, artisan food, and beverages for every taste. For more information please visit us online at www.desmoinesartsfestival.org, socialize with us at www.facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival, Twitter: @DMArtsFestival, Instagram:
desmoinesartsfestival #DMAF2016 #GoWhereItTakesYou.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (June 14, 2016) – June is National Safety Month, a perfect time for MidAmerican Energy Company to remind customers to play it safe around outdoor electricity this summer. Before you fire up the grill, jump in the pool or tackle that home improvement project, review our top five tips for avoiding outdoor electric hazards:

1. Water and electricity don’t mix.
Keep all electrical appliances, equipment and devices at least 10 feet away from water. Don’t use electric equipment when it’s raining or the ground is wet. Avoid using plug-in devices on pool decks or near hot tubs; if an electric appliance does accidentally fall into water, unplug it from the outlet before attempting to retrieve it. All outdoor electric outlets should be protected with a weatherproof cover and ground fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI.

2. Look up and live.
Always be aware of the location of overhead power lines. Keep ladders and other equipment at least 10 feet away from power lines. Be especially careful when moving equipment; carry ladders, pool skimmers and similar long-handled items in the horizontal position, rather than the vertical position, to avoid accidental contact with overhead lines.

3. Teach safety.
It’s never too early to teach children about the dangers of playing on or near electrical equipment. Remind them to fly kites only in open areas away from power lines. Children should never attempt to climb utility poles or trees with power lines running through them, play on electrical boxes, or enter an electric substation. If a ball, toy or pet ends up on the wrong side of a substation fence, call MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 for help retrieving it.

4. Call before you dig.
At least 48 hours before any digging or excavation project, call 811 to reach your state’s One Call Center so utility representatives can mark the location of underground lines. It’s the law. Digging into an underground line could kill or injure you, and often results in costly repairs and loss of service for you and your neighbors. Avoid these consequences with a simple call to 811; the service is free.

5. Manage your cords.
When bringing electric tools out of storage at the beginning of the season, check the cords and plugs to make sure they aren’t worn or damaged. Always keep the cord behind you when using an electric lawn mower, hedge trimmer, leaf blower or other electric appliance in your yard. Try slinging the cord over your shoulder or looping it in your hand to keep it away from blades or other moving parts. Children and pets can easily trip over power cords, so don’t allow them to be in the area when you are operating electric lawn tools. Use only weather-resistant heavy gauge extension cords labeled for outdoor use. Remember that extension cords are intended for short-term needs, not long-term power solutions.

For more tips on keeping you and your family safe this summer – and all year long – visit www.midamericanenergy.com and click on the Safety tab on the home page.


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 – (June 9, 2016) – With temperatures expected to hit 90 degrees this week, air conditioners will be working longer and harder. MidAmerican Energy encourages customers to schedule a HomeCheck now in order to prevent cooling costs from heating up this summer.

HomeCheck is an on-site, free energy assessment that provides valuable insight into your home’s energy usage. Here are eight things to know about HomeCheck.

1. More than 3,000 MidAmerican Energy customers have already participated in a HomeCheck this year.

2. During a HomeCheck, an energy expert will walk through your home and look for energy-saving opportunities. They’ll evaluate your heating and cooling systems, water heating equipment, appliances, lighting, windows and doors.

3. The energy expert will measure your home’s insulation levels and advise you on whether more insulation should be added. Having good insulation can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs.

4. You’ll receive a report of where your highest energy costs are and get tips on how to save energy and money.

5. Customers interested in making recommended improvements can visit MidAmerican Energy’s Trade Ally Partners search tool to find contractors knowledgeable about the company’s rebate and energy efficiency programs, making it easier for you to apply and qualify for rebates.

6. As part of HomeCheck, the energy expert may make free improvements on the spot by installing devices such as a programmable thermostat, smart power strip, energy efficient light bulbs, low-flow shower head or faucet aerator.

7. To qualify for a HomeCheck, your home must be at least 10 years old and MidAmerican Energy must supply the primary heating fuel to your home. Complete the Home Energy Request form online or call 800-545-0762 to schedule a HomeCheck.

8. Generally, HomeChecks occur within a few weeks after they are scheduled.

If your home is less than 10 years old or you are not ready to schedule a HomeCheck, you can take a free online energy assessment by visiting www.midamericanenergy.com/homeaudit. The online energy assessment provides an overview of your energy usage and offers energy saving tips to help you reduce and save.

To learn more about HomeCheck and other energy-saving tips, visit www.midamericanenergy.com and select the Rebates/Energy Savings tab.

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 – (June 1, 2016) – MidAmerican Energy Company is teaming up with the Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo to enhance the viewing experience for fans at this year’s event.

The MidAmerican Energy Green Canyon creates a stadium-like atmosphere in the picturesque areas around the 16th, 17th and 18th holes at Wakonda Club in Des Moines, where the PGA TOUR Champions event tees off this week. Fans visiting the Green Canyon can enjoy the new Hornitos Hacienda Party Deck, prime hillside seating, high-definition video boards, and much more.

“The three finishing holes are where the excitement of the tournament reaches its peak,” said Greg Conrad, Principal Charity Classic Tournament Director. “We wanted the spectator areas and fan amenities surrounding these holes to reflect that excitement. We’re delighted to have MidAmerican Energy as a partner in creating this new hot spot for fans at the Principal Charity Classic.”

Since 2011, MidAmerican Energy has sponsored the tournament’s Shoot For Zero initiative, a series of efforts designed to minimize the environmental impact of the event. Kathryn Kunert, vice president, economic connection and integration for MidAmerican Energy, said the Green Canyon sponsorship in 2016 is another way the company demonstrates its commitment to an event that contributes to the economic vitality and quality of life in central Iowa.

“We’re proud of the fact that we helped make the Principal Charity Classic the first carbon-neutral event on the PGA TOUR Champions,” Kunert said. “With the creation of the Green Canyon, we’re giving fans another reason to come out and enjoy this beautiful setting at Wakonda Club and see some of the world’s best golfers. The Green Canyon is a natural tie-in with MidAmerican Energy’s efforts to create a cleaner, greener Iowa through the use of renewable energy.”

The MidAmerican Energy Green Canyon is located just a short walk from the Park Avenue entrance to Wakonda Club. From this vantage point, fans can watch players putt on the par-4 16th hole, play the par-3 17th, and tee off on the 18th hole. Food, drink and merchandise vendors are located nearby. Fans who can’t make it to the course can follow the action in the Green Canyon 24 hours a day via the KCCI-8 Live Look-In Camera, which will be streaming video on the tournament website.

The Principal Charity Classic opened to the public on May 31, with the professional tournament teeing off Friday through Sunday, June 3-5. A popular stop on the PGA TOUR Champions schedule, this year’s event boasts a strong field of 81 Champions players, including newcomers John Daly and Miguel Angel Jimenez and defending champion Mark Calcavecchia. Since 2007, the event has contributed more than $7.7 million to children’s charities in central Iowa and across the state.

For tickets and other information about the tournament, visit www.principalcharityclassic.com.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 752,000 electric customers and 733,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (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.