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    “Trees Please!” awards promote energy efficiency in public places
    DES MOINES, Iowa – (March 21, 2022) – MidAmerican Energy is helping dozens of Iowa communities lower energy costs at local public facilities and spaces through grants that encourage the strategic planting of trees.

    This year, MidAmerican awarded 55 cities grants totaling more than $100,000 through the company's "Trees Please!" program. The program promotes energy efficiency by helping fund trees that provide windbreaks and shade to common areas such as publicly owned properties, schools and community spaces. The windbreaks and shade can help save on energy costs while also beautifying those areas.
     
    "People often think that saving energy inside a building stops with insulating," Erin Rasmussen, MidAmerican director of energy efficiency, said. "But outside the building, strategically choosing and locating trees can also help cut energy costs. Certain types of trees and shrubs can help block frigid winds in the winter, while other trees can help provide shade to keep those buildings cooler in the summer."
     
    Since 1998, MidAmerican has awarded more than $4.4 million in funding for trees.
     
    2022 Community grants
    City of Allison $1,000
    City of Altoona $1,000
    City of Bettendorf $2,000
    City of Blue Grass $1,000
    City of Bondurant $4,000
    City of Cedar Rapids $5,000
    City of Clarinda $1,000
    City of Clarion $2,000
    City of Clarksville $2,000
    City of Colfax $2,500
    City of Council Bluffs $5,000
    City of Dallas Center $1,000
    City of Davenport $2,500
    City of Denver $5,000
    City of Des Moines $5,000
    City of Eldridge $3,000
    City of Emerson $1,000
    City of Essex $1,000
    City of Fort Dodge $1,000
    City of Gilbertville $1,000
    City of Glenwood $1,000
    City of Grimes $1,000
    City of Hiawatha $5,000
    City of Humboldt $1,000
    City of Indianola $1,000
    City of Iowa City $5,000
    City of Johnston $2,000
    City of Leighton $1,000
    City of Manson $1,000
    City of Marion $3,000
    City of Merrill $1,000
    City of Missouri Valley $1,000
    City of Moville $1,000
    City of North Liberty $1,000
    City of Oskaloosa $1,000
    City of Polk City $2,000
    City of Pomeroy $1,000
    City of Portsmouth $1,000
    City of Prairie City $1,500
    City of Red Oak $1,000
    City of Riverdale $1,000
    City of Rock Valley $2,000
    City of Ruthven $1,000
    City of Sergeant Bluff $1,000
    City of Shelby $1,000
    City of Sheldon $1,000
    City of Sioux City $5,000
    City of Sutherland $1,000
    City of Urbandale $2,700
    City of Waterloo $5,000
    City of Waukee $1,000
    City of Waverly $2,000
    City of West Point $1,000
    City of Wilton $1,000
    City of Windsor Heights $1,000
     
     
    How to apply for “Trees Please!” grants
    In the fall, cities and community organizations can submit grant applications to MidAmerican to be considered for grants of $1,000 or more. The company selects grant recipients based on a project’s merits, benefits to the community and the ability to obtain matching funds.
     
    For more information, go to MidAmerican’s “Trees Please!” page, email planttrees@midamerican.com, or call 800-434-4017.
     
    About MidAmerican Energy Company
    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.