Beyond achieving 100% renewable energy on an annual basis, MidAmerican has set a goal to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. While thermal generation will remain necessary for the foreseeable future to maintain reliability, Wind PRIME includes a plan to invest in studying and pursuing emerging lower and noncarbon generation technologies.
Through MidAmerican’s GreenAdvantage program, which applies to all MidAmerican electric customers in Iowa at no cost to them, the company enables every customer to claim a verified renewable energy amount, which in 2021, was 88.5%.
MidAmerican’s wind energy fleet, which at 7,300 MW is the largest of any regulated utility in the nation, provides economic benefits to the state beyond its environmental benefits. Through last year, MidAmerican has cumulatively invested some $14 billion in wind energy, so far at no net cost to its customers.
With its extensive and future development of wind and solar energy projects, the company is expanding the state’s workforce in some of the nation’s fastest-growing job fields. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a wind turbine technician is the country’s second fastest-growing job in the nation and a solar photovoltaic installer ranks fifth.
MidAmerican Energy, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 804,000 electric customers in Iowa, Illinois and South Dakota, and 781,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican is available at MidAmericanEnergy.com and company social media channels.