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DES MOINES, Iowa – (Feb. 12, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company is delivering on its commitment to clean, renewable energy, by completing two new wind farms in Iowa that add 338 megawatts of wind generation capacity for its customers.

The Beaver Creek wind farm in Boone and Greene counties and Prairie wind farm in Mahaska County are now in operation. Construction started in the spring of 2017, following approval by the Iowa Utilities Board in 2016. Part of its Wind XI project, the two newest wind farms add 169 wind turbines to the more than 2,000 owned and operated by MidAmerican Energy, the No. 1 owner of wind-powered generation among U.S. rate-regulated energy providers.

“We’re committed to providing reliable service and outstanding value to our customers, and wind energy accomplishes both,” said Mike Fehr, vice president of resource development at MidAmerican Energy. “Wind energy is good for our customers, and it’s an abundant, renewable resource that also energizes the economy.”

Committed to renewable energy
As part of its 100% renewable energy vision, MidAmerican Energy anticipates that renewable generation will equate to more than 90% of its customers’ annual retail electricity usage by 2020.

The 170-megawatt Beaver Creek wind farm went into service in the fall of 2017. The 168-megawatt Prairie wind farm also began generating electricity in the fall of 2017, with the final four megawatts put into service in January of 2018.

A measure of power, a megawatt represents one million watts of electricity, or 1,000 kilowatts. The Beaver Creek and Prairie wind farms produce enough electricity to meet the average, annual usage of more than 140,000 Iowa homes.

Wind energy helps power Iowa's economy
In 2017, MidAmerican Energy paid $19.6 million in property tax payments related to wind energy and nearly $16 million in landowner lease payments. The two new Iowa wind farms are projected to add a total of $62.4 million in property tax revenue over the next 20 years.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Jan. 11, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company named a new president and CEO amid restructuring of Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s executive management.

Adam Wright, formerly vice president, gas delivery for MidAmerican Energy will assume the role of president and CEO. Wright began his career with the Berkshire Hathaway Energy family of businesses in 1996, while he was still in college. In 2003, he joined the operations group at Northern Natural Gas where he served in various management roles. In 2010, he left the operations group and assumed the role of vice president of marketing, where he managed negotiations of long-term service agreements and customer satisfaction initiatives for Northern Natural Gas.

In 2012, Wright transitioned to MidAmerican Energy as the leader of the wind generation fleet overseeing its expansion and operations. Starting in 2015, he assumed the role of vice president, gas operations.

“I am humbled and honored by this opportunity to serve our customers in the role of president and CEO,” said Adam Wright, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy. “We have a simple vision to deliver the best results for our customers. I am proud to work alongside each and every MidAmerican employee to remain obsessively, relentlessly at your service.”

Wright replaces Bill Fehrman as president and CEO. Fehrman occupied that post for over a decade and will now assume responsibilities as president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Energy.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy and 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 – (Jan. 10, 2018) – As customers stock up on supplies and necessities to prepare for a potential winter storm, MidAmerican Energy Company is taking preemptive measures in its northwest Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska service territories.

Blizzard conditions are possible overnight Wednesday through Thursday, which can include blowing snow, high winds and unsafe road conditions. MidAmerican Energy will stage service crews for overnight coverage to ensure a timely response to restore service.

“To be best prepared to meet our customers’ needs, our service crews and management team are executing a plan to respond to the effects of this storm safely and efficiently,” said Jim Dougherty, vice president of electric delivery for MidAmerican Energy. “Our employees are dedicated to working around the clock to keep our customers’ heat and lights on during inclement weather, and we appreciate their hard work.”

As the weather remains unpredictable, MidAmerican Energy encourages its customers to stay prepared for seasonal storms. The company suggests customers assemble an emergency safety kit that includes flashlights, extra batteries, bottled water, nonperishable foods, a first-aid kit and plenty of blankets and warm sweaters.

Prior to severe weather, it is a good idea to fully charge cellphones, other communication devices and battery-powered cellphone chargers. Customers can report power outages online or by calling MidAmerican Energy at 800-799-4443.

To monitor restoration efforts, go to www.midamericanenergy.com. You can sign up for email or text alerts to be notified of the progress of restoration if an outage affects your home or business. Updates can also be found on MidAmerican Energy’s outage map or by following the company’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

About MidAmerican Energy
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 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 – (Feb. 12, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company is delivering on its commitment to clean, renewable energy, by completing two new wind farms in Iowa that add 338 megawatts of wind generation capacity for its customers.

The Beaver Creek wind farm in Boone and Greene counties and Prairie wind farm in Mahaska County are now in operation. Construction started in the spring of 2017, following approval by the Iowa Utilities Board in 2016. Part of its Wind XI project, the two newest wind farms add 169 wind turbines to the more than 2,000 owned and operated by MidAmerican Energy, the No. 1 owner of wind-powered generation among U.S. rate-regulated energy providers.

“We’re committed to providing reliable service and outstanding value to our customers, and wind energy accomplishes both,” said Mike Fehr, vice president of resource development at MidAmerican Energy. “Wind energy is good for our customers, and it’s an abundant, renewable resource that also energizes the economy.”

Committed to renewable energy
As part of its 100% renewable energy vision, MidAmerican Energy anticipates that renewable generation will equate to more than 90% of its customers’ annual retail electricity usage by 2020.

The 170-megawatt Beaver Creek wind farm went into service in the fall of 2017. The 168-megawatt Prairie wind farm also began generating electricity in the fall of 2017, with the final four megawatts put into service in January of 2018.

A measure of power, a megawatt represents one million watts of electricity, or 1,000 kilowatts. The Beaver Creek and Prairie wind farms produce enough electricity to meet the average, annual usage of more than 140,000 Iowa homes.

Wind energy helps power Iowa's economy
In 2017, MidAmerican Energy paid $19.6 million in property tax payments related to wind energy and nearly $16 million in landowner lease payments. The two new Iowa wind farms are projected to add a total of $62.4 million in property tax revenue over the next 20 years.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Jan. 11, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company named a new president and CEO amid restructuring of Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s executive management.

Adam Wright, formerly vice president, gas delivery for MidAmerican Energy will assume the role of president and CEO. Wright began his career with the Berkshire Hathaway Energy family of businesses in 1996, while he was still in college. In 2003, he joined the operations group at Northern Natural Gas where he served in various management roles. In 2010, he left the operations group and assumed the role of vice president of marketing, where he managed negotiations of long-term service agreements and customer satisfaction initiatives for Northern Natural Gas.

In 2012, Wright transitioned to MidAmerican Energy as the leader of the wind generation fleet overseeing its expansion and operations. Starting in 2015, he assumed the role of vice president, gas operations.

“I am humbled and honored by this opportunity to serve our customers in the role of president and CEO,” said Adam Wright, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy. “We have a simple vision to deliver the best results for our customers. I am proud to work alongside each and every MidAmerican employee to remain obsessively, relentlessly at your service.”

Wright replaces Bill Fehrman as president and CEO. Fehrman occupied that post for over a decade and will now assume responsibilities as president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Energy.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy and 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 – (Jan. 10, 2018) – As customers stock up on supplies and necessities to prepare for a potential winter storm, MidAmerican Energy Company is taking preemptive measures in its northwest Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska service territories.

Blizzard conditions are possible overnight Wednesday through Thursday, which can include blowing snow, high winds and unsafe road conditions. MidAmerican Energy will stage service crews for overnight coverage to ensure a timely response to restore service.

“To be best prepared to meet our customers’ needs, our service crews and management team are executing a plan to respond to the effects of this storm safely and efficiently,” said Jim Dougherty, vice president of electric delivery for MidAmerican Energy. “Our employees are dedicated to working around the clock to keep our customers’ heat and lights on during inclement weather, and we appreciate their hard work.”

As the weather remains unpredictable, MidAmerican Energy encourages its customers to stay prepared for seasonal storms. The company suggests customers assemble an emergency safety kit that includes flashlights, extra batteries, bottled water, nonperishable foods, a first-aid kit and plenty of blankets and warm sweaters.

Prior to severe weather, it is a good idea to fully charge cellphones, other communication devices and battery-powered cellphone chargers. Customers can report power outages online or by calling MidAmerican Energy at 800-799-4443.

To monitor restoration efforts, go to www.midamericanenergy.com. You can sign up for email or text alerts to be notified of the progress of restoration if an outage affects your home or business. Updates can also be found on MidAmerican Energy’s outage map or by following the company’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

About MidAmerican Energy
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 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 – (Dec. 22, 2017) – Several MidAmerican Energy customers are being targeted over the phone today by scammers, who are posing as utility employees and threatening to shut off power unless the customer makes a payment over the phone with a prepaid debit card. Customers receiving these calls should hang up the phone immediately.

In these most recent calls, scammers have targeted commercial customers as the holiday shopping season winds up. Nonetheless, scammers can target anyone at any time of year, so all customers should be on the lookout. Scammers are persistent and aggressive. They use sophisticated methods to trick customers, which can include:
• Spoofing Caller ID to make the call appear as if it is coming from the utility.
• Requiring customers to make an immediate payment using a prepaid (Green Dot) card.
• Impersonating energy auditors in an attempt to get inside homes or businesses.
• Intimidating customers by showing up at their front doors or claiming a crew is en route to disconnect service.
• Claiming there is an issue with electric or natural gas service equipment inside or outside the house and requesting immediate payment.

Customers who receive a suspicious call should hang up and call local police and their energy provider to report the scam and check the status of their account. Customers can check their balance online using My Account at www.midamericanenergy.com or by calling MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632.

Protecting customers from scams is a top priority for MidAmerican Energy. If customers are behind on bills, they will receive several notifications; disconnection is a last resort, not a first step in the process. MidAmerican Energy accepts many different forms of payment; a specific payment method is never required when paying your bill.

Customers should follow these steps to stay safe:
• Never give out personal information such as credit card or account numbers. Utilities will not ask for this information over the phone.
• Beware of any caller who asks you to pay with a prepaid (Green Dot) debit card. MidAmerican Energy does not accept this type of payment.
• Ask for proper identification from anyone who approaches you claiming to be from a service provider. Call the service provider directly to verify the purpose for the visit. Use the number published on your monthly bill or the company’s website.

For more information, visit www.midamericanenergy.com/scams or watch this informative video. The Consumer Protection Division of the Iowa Attorney General’s office has also set up a hotline with more information on the scam at 515-725-5387.

MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 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 – (December 19, 2017) – Community leaders and MidAmerican Energy officials gathered today at the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance to celebrate the company’s construction of a new customer office and service center in the Decker Industrial Park.

The new, 72,000 square-foot Fort Dodge Customer Office and Service Center is more than double MidAmerican Energy’s current space in Fort Dodge. The new facility will consolidate various work groups into a single location, improving efficiency and cooperation to provide customers with exceptional service throughout the region.

“We are looking forward to providing our customers in the Fort Dodge area with a one-stop shop where we can continue to provide the highest level of service they deserve and expect,” said Jim Dougherty, vice president of electric delivery for MidAmerican Energy. “We are also investing in our employees by ensuring they have the equipment and facilities they need to safely and efficiently deliver on our promise of ‘obsessively, relentlessly at your service.’”

The new facility will sit on 20 acres and is the first building in the Decker Industrial Park to be constructed. MidAmerican Energy broke ground on the site in October and the facility is expected to open in September 2018.

“MidAmerican continues to play an integral role in the development and betterment of Fort Dodge and the state of Iowa,” said Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich. “I am excited about MidAmerican’s expansion in our community through their new office and service center.”

Dennis Plautz, CEO of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, added, “MidAmerican’s new office and service center will be a tremendous addition to Fort Dodge and to the service they provide through the company’s partnership program. Many people do not know how much MidAmerican partners with the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance in promoting economic development and assisting in our efforts. I’d like to express my appreciation for all they do through their investment in our community which enhances our entire region.”

Community leaders in attendance signed a steel beam that will be used in the new building, along with another beam signed earlier in the day by MidAmerican’s local employees.

The existing service center facility, located at 301 South 25th Street, was constructed in 1958. MidAmerican Energy has been proudly serving Fort Dodge and the surrounding communities for decades.

About MidAmerican Energy
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Nov. 2, 2017) – MidAmerican Energy Company has filed an application with the Iowa Utilities Board for approval of its proposed 2019-2023 Energy Efficiency Plan, designed to immediately reduce customer bills while continuing to create energy efficiency savings.

MidAmerican Energy is proposing a plan that will save the average residential customer $67 annually – enough to install LED lightbulbs or a programmable thermostat. Commercial customers could realize an average savings of $152 per year and an average industrial customer could see savings of $6,500 per year.

In 2016, 47% of the energy MidAmerican Energy delivered to its Iowa customers came from renewable resources, all while striving to reach its 100% Renewable Energy Vision. In 2021, renewable energy is expected to equal 95% of its Iowa customers’ annual energy usage. The increase of renewable energy sources in MidAmerican Energy’s generation portfolio warrants a revised program that will allow the company to continue to offer some of the lowest rates in the country while putting more money back into customers’ pockets.

“Since the 1990s, MidAmerican Energy and its customers have come a long way in achieving the ultimate goal of energy efficiency requirements – to provide energy in an environmentally friendly and carbon-free manner,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy. “Currently, all customers help fund an energy efficiency pot of money that other customers can use. We believe it is time to return the spending decisions to our customers, empowering them to use their dollars in the way that works best for their family, instead of paying for other customers’ energy efficiency.”

Under the proposed plan, a comprehensive set of 17 programs will be offered that are designed to help customers manage energy use, reduce costs, protect the environment and increase business competitiveness.

“We are excited to provide this long-term strategy that offers energy efficiency opportunities along with customer savings,” stated Fehrman. “This is the right thing to do for our customers.”

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Oct. 30, 2017) – MidAmerican Energy Company plans to build a new wind farm in Poweshiek County. This is the third site in Iowa selected for construction as part of the Wind XI project.

MidAmerican Energy has begun construction activity on the North English wind farm, with completion scheduled for December 2018. The wind farm will share an operations and maintenance building in Montezuma with the Prairie wind farm, currently under construction in neighboring Mahaska County.

The North English wind farm is part of MidAmerican Energy’s Wind XI project and will add up to 170 new wind turbines with a combined capacity of 340 megawatts of new wind generation. MidAmerican Energy expects to pay up to approximately $137 million in county property taxes and up to approximately $114 million in landowner lease payments over the 40-year lifespan of the project.

“We are excited to continue development of our Wind XI project and come closer to achieving our 100% Renewable Vision,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy. “The benefits of Wind XI are very clear: clean energy produced right here in Iowa, for Iowa customers, using one of Iowa’s abundant renewable resources.”

The company is working with developers, county officials and landowners at potential wind farm sites in other Iowa counties for the balance of the Wind XI project. Construction on these projects will start in 2018 and 2019, and sites will be announced at a later date. Altogether, the $3.6 billion Wind XI project will consist of up to 1,000 wind turbines and 2,000 megawatts of wind generation capacity in Iowa when complete in December 2019.

The Wind XI project is expected to produce $1.2 billion in economic benefits for Iowa communities as a result of landowner easements and property tax payments over the next 40 years. Additionally, during construction thousands of jobs are expected to be added to Iowa’s economy and hundreds of new permanent jobs will be added when the expansion is complete. MidAmerican Energy is not asking for an increase in customer rates or financial assistance from the state to pay for the Wind XI project, and the development will help provide stable rates for its customers without requesting an increase until at least 2029.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Oct. 16, 2017) – As winter approaches, MidAmerican Energy Company is reminding customers that applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are being accepted now in Iowa for the elderly and disabled. All other qualified individuals can begin applying Nov. 1.

LIHEAP is a federally funded energy assistance program designed to help low-income families who are having trouble paying their heating bills. Last year, approximately 36,000 households in Iowa received benefits from LIHEAP. The average payment was $440 per household.

“Winters in the Midwest are always unpredictable, and wondering if you can keep up with your energy bills doesn’t help,” said Kathryn Kunert, vice president of economic connections and integration for MidAmerican Energy. “If any customers worry about challenges paying their bills this winter, we encourage them to apply for LIHEAP or get in touch with us to learn about our payment options. We want to make sure every customer who has questions about their energy bills and costs going into winter contacts us to get the answers and help they need.”

LIHEAP funds are received in the form of a grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Community action agencies in Iowa review applications and administer the funds. Grants are determined based on household income, household size, type of primary heating fuel, type of housing and other factors to ensure households with the greatest need receive the highest level of assistance. To be eligible, the total household income for an applicant in Iowa must be at or below 175% of the 2017 federal poverty guidelines. For example, a single-person household can qualify with an annual gross income of $21,105 and a family of four can qualify with an annual gross income of $43,050.

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

What if you don’t qualify for LIHEAP?

MidAmerican Energy customers who are not eligible for LIHEAP but are having difficulties managing their energy bills should call MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 to discuss the company’s many payment and billing options, including Budget Billing. Budget Billing spreads your annual energy costs out evenly throughout the year, so you pay the same amount each month. While Budget Billing is not a discount program and does not lower rates, it does offer the convenience of a consistent, predictable bill.

Want to help someone stay warm this winter?

Customers who want to help those in need stay warm this winter can donate to MidAmerican Energy’s I CARE program.

I CARE raises funds for local community action agencies to assist customers who qualify for LIHEAP. I CARE funds come from customer donations, with a 25% match from MidAmerican Energy. Every dollar given goes directly toward providing assistance to those in need; none of the funds are used by the company. Donations are tax-deductible and stay within the benefactor’s community.

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

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

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Oct. 5, 2017) – MidAmerican Energy Company’s customers have recognized the company’s ongoing commitment to deliver an exceptional customer experience. Based on customer responses, the company ranked No. 1 in the Midwest Large segment for overall customer satisfaction among natural gas companies for the third consecutive year, according to the J.D. Power Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study.

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

“Our culture is Customer First, so having our customers recognize us as the best is a tremendous compliment,” said Adam Wright, MidAmerican Energy vice president of gas delivery. “Our employees are committed to providing this essential service in a safe, reliable and affordable fashion, and they deserve the credit for this excellent result.”

In the J.D. Power study, MidAmerican Energy received a score of 767 on a 1,000-point scale – a 36-point improvement from last year. This score ranks the company No. 5 among 85 natural gas companies nationally on overall customer satisfaction. Results of the study were based on more than 61,000 online interviews conducted between September 2016 and July 2017 among residential customers of 85 large and midsize natural gas companies in the U.S.

MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Sept. 21, 2017) – MidAmerican Energy Company is set to upgrade hundreds of its older wind turbines, bringing additional wind energy and cost savings to Iowa customers. The equipment upgrades will move MidAmerican Energy closer to its vision of providing renewable energy equal to 100% of its customers’ annual energy use.

MidAmerican Energy recently received approval from the Iowa Utilities Board for a plan that will allow the company to repower a portion of its older wind fleet to make the turbines more efficient and productive. The outcome is good for MidAmerican Energy’s customers and for Iowa.

Under the plan, many of MidAmerican Energy’s older General Electric wind turbines will be retrofitted with newer, more efficient components, including longer blades, to extend the life of the turbines. These changes will increase the amount of clean, safe, affordable and reliable energy serving Iowa customers.

“We’re excited to take this next step in our journey toward our 100% Renewable Energy Vision,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy. “Repowering our older wind turbines brings us closer to achieving that vision in a way that provides both economic and environmental benefits to our customers and the state of Iowa. In 2021 when both our repowering and Wind XI projects are complete, we expect to generate renewable energy equal to 95% of our Iowa retail customers’ annual use.”

Because energy generated from wind has no fuel costs, the repowering project will reduce the costs associated with generating electricity from other sources, which helps keep energy costs low and stable for MidAmerican Energy’s Iowa customers. With the extended life of the wind turbines, landowners at the repowering sites will continue to receive lease payments for a longer period and counties will receive tax revenue for an extended period.

MidAmerican Energy has entered into definitive agreements with GE to complete the upgrades.

“We are delighted to work with MidAmerican Energy to repower their turbines,” said Pete McCabe, president and CEO, Onshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy. “Repowering is an affordable way to increase the efficiency and output of turbines, improving reliability and extending the life of the turbines through the evolution of and advancements in technology.”

Beginning in 2017, wind turbines will be repowered at the Century wind farm in Wright and Hamilton counties, the Victory wind farm in Crawford and Carroll counties, and the Intrepid wind farm in Buena Vista and Sac counties. Additional work sites and schedules will be announced at a later date.

As with the $3.6 billion, 2,000-megawatt Wind XI project announced in 2016, MidAmerican Energy is not asking for an increase in customer rates or for financial assistance from the state to pay for repowering.



MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 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.