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MidAmerican encourages customers to temporarily reduce natural gas use due to extreme weather

DES MOINES, Iowa – MidAmerican Energy is asking its customers to conserve their natural gas use as extreme weather conditions are impacting supplies around the country.

While MidAmerican’s systems are operating as expected, the flow of natural gas to our area has been impacted due to frozen wells in the southern U.S.

To manage the supply of natural gas, MidAmerican is coordinating with its largest customers to ensure uninterrupted gas service for residential customers. As temperatures rise over the next few days, the issue is expected to resolve itself.

While MidAmerican is taking every step to keep homes safe and warm, even small adjustments will help to ensure that natural gas is available. Simply lowering thermostats by a few degrees can help.

The arctic conditions have also affected regional electric power generation in some states, though MidAmerican customers are connected to a different portion of the electric grid that is not currently experiencing the same challenges.

More energy conservation tips

Customers can stay comfortable in their homes while also saving money on utility bills through these additional conservation tips:

  • Check your furnace filter. If the filter is dirty, replace it according to the furnace manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • If your home furnace has outdoor plastic intake and exhaust vent pipes, clear any snow and ice to ensure they’re not blocked.
  • Check your interior supply and return air vents, baseboards and radiators to make sure warm air can circulate indoors.
  • To help keep your utility bill down, limit the use of space heaters when possible. Instead, add a layer of clothing or an extra blanket. If you use a space heater, place it at least three feet away from other objects. Shut it off when you go to sleep or leave the area.
  • If you have window curtains, keep them closed at night to help stop cold air that leaks in through your windows. During the day, open them when it’s sunny to help warm your home. Close curtains on windows that are not in direct sunlight.
  • If you feel cold air drafting in through windows or doors, consider adding weather stripping.
  • Do not use a gas stove to heat your home and do not run a generator indoors. This can result in carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • A working carbon monoxide detector is just as important as a smoke alarm. Test both regularly. Carbon monoxide is odorless. CO poisoning can cause flu-like symptoms – even death. If you suspect CO poisoning, dial 911, seek fresh air and remain outside or elsewhere until help arrives.
  • If you smell natural gas, leave the area immediately. From another location at a safe distance, call MidAmerican Energy at 800-595-5325, and then dial 911.
  • Hire a professional to inspect and service your furnace once a year to make sure it’s working correctly, which will help keep you safe and warm during the next cold snap.

MidAmerican encourages any customer who is experiencing financial difficulties to call 888-427-5632 to discuss payment options.

About MidAmerican Energy
MidAmerican Energy, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 795,000 electric customers in Iowa, Illinois and South Dakota, and 774,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at MidAmericanEnergy.com and company social media channels.


Quad Cities Flood Resiliency Alliance to meet virtually Feb. 18

WHAT: Quad Cities Flood Resiliency Alliance Virtual Meeting

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: City/county/village leaders and administrators; emergency management personnel; floodplain managers; public works personnel; local and state-level elected officials; residents and property owners in the region.

WHERE:  Online Meeting – contact  riveraction@riveraction.org for link

WHEN:  1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021

ADMISSION: Free              

CONTACT:  Carol Downey, River Action Program Manager, at 563-322-2969 or cdowney@riveraction.org

Davenport, Iowa, Feb. 15, 2021—An online meeting of the Quad Cities Flood Resiliency Alliance will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 1:30 p.m. The Alliance is open to the public and is a forum for timely and educational information on flood prevention, mitigation, flood insurance and floodplain management. Speakers for the Feb. 18 meeting include Gena McCullough, Bi-State Regional Commission; Mark Hunt, City of Bettendorf; Alayna Chuney, National Caucus of Environmental Legislators.

About the Alliance: At River Action’s October 2018 Upper Mississippi River Conference, a workshop launched a new initiative for the greater Quad City region within the Mississippi River watershed. The Quad Cities Flood Resiliency Alliance kicked off with many local river cities, towns and villages showing a keen interest in flood prevention, flood damage mitigation, and floodplain restoration. Quarterly meetings followed, starting in November 2018.

The Quad Cities alliance includes parts of Scott, Clinton, Muscatine and Louisa counties in Iowa, and Rock Island, Whiteside, Mercer and Henry counties in Illinois. It provides a forum for river stakeholders to share information, resources, flood prevention or mitigation policies and to get to know river neighbors for assistance before, during or after flood events.

About 75 communities comprise the alliance footprint, but only three are enrolled in the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System. The CRS encourages a wide variety of creditable activities that communities can undertake as they continually strive to improve their ratings. The base rating begins at 10, and a variety of activities take the rating toward the best rating of 1, which earns the largest flood insurance discounts. The activities themselves provide benefits to the community in reduced or avoided flood damage, quicker recovery, and stricter floodplain regulations to continue these benefits into the future. Moline, Davenport and Rock Island County are rated eight, eight, and seven, respectively and currently earn modest discounts on flood insurance premiums.

Goals of the alliance include educating communities on the CRS program and assisting with application and enrollment, training certified floodplain managers to eventually have one in each community, and establishing pre-disaster communications and relationships between communities to enable sharing of resources and assistance around flood events.

Meetings are held quarterly. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact River Action at 563-322-2969 or email cdowney@riveraction.org.


Governor extends COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Declaration

On Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, the Governor extended the State's Public Health Emergency Declaration. 

The Declaration extended all in-place health mitigation efforts through Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. 

In-place health mitigation steps include masks for indoor public spaces, prohibiting indoor gatherings of more than 15 people, and prohibiting outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people.

One change in the Governor's latest order includes organized, non-school sports for youth or adults being no longer prohibited, but participants are limited to two spectators. 

To read the entire declaration, visit the Governor's website.

The City's face covering mandate also remains in-place, and can be read online. For more information about COVID-19 and the City, visit our COVID-19 resources website


Governor makes additional funds available for COVID-19-impacted renters and homeowners

The Governor announced additional funds for the CARES Act to support Iowa renters and homeowners at-risk of eviction or foreclosure due to a COVID-19-related loss of income, on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.

The Iowa Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention program has now allocated a total of $37.4 million, with approximately $8 million remaining available. The deadline to apply for rent and mortgage assistance as well as utility assistance through the Iowa Residential Utility Disruption Prevention program is Dec. 4, 2020.  

The programs are funded through federal CARES Act funds, which requires that all funds be used by Dec. 30, 2020.  

To be eligible for either program: 

  • Must have a documented COVID-19-related loss of income on or after March 17, 2020. 
  • Household income at the time of application may not exceed 80% median family income, which varies by county and household size and is included in the applications.

To learn more about the program, visit iowahousingrecovery.com and make sure to apply on or before Dec. 4, 2020. For more Iowa City COVID-19 information and resources, visit icgov.org/Coronavirus.


Governor requires masks in all indoor spaces open to the public starting Nov. 17, 2020

On Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, the Governor issued a new order mandating that masks be worn in all indoor spaces open to the public starting at midnight on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020.

The mandate will be effective until Dec. 11, 2020. This measure comes as Johnson County and Iowa as a whole experiences a dramatic surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. 

Along with the mask order, the Governor issued several other mitigation efforts, including:

  • Prohibiting indoor gatherings of more than 15 people.
  • Prohibiting outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people. 
  • Closing restaurants and bars for indoor services at 10 p.m.

High school sports have not been prohibited, but the Governor announced several new measures for such events. To read the entire declaration, visit the Governor's website.

The City's face covering mandate remains in-place, and can be read online. For more information about COVID-19 and the City, visit our COVID-19 resources website


Governor requires masks at indoor gatherings of 25 or more; continues COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Declaration

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, the Governor updates the State's Public Health Emergency Declaration,  extending all in-place health mitigation efforts through Nov. 30, 2020. 

The latest declaration also added more mitigation efforts, including:

  • Requiring masks at all indoor gatherings of 25 people or more and all outdoor events of 100 people or more.
  • Requiring masks for employees and customers at businesses like salons, barbershops, massage therapy establishments, tattoo parlors, and other personal service businesses.
  • Groups of eight or more are prohibited at bars, restaurants, and any gathering of a social, community, recreational, leisure, or sporting nature, unless the entire group is from the same household. 

These new measure will be effective at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, and will continue until 11:59 p.m. Nov. 30, 2020. 

Other in-place health mitigation steps include social distancing at restaurants, bars, and other business establishments, as well as other gatherings of 10 or more people. 

To read the entire declaration, visit the Governor's website.

The City's face covering mandate remains in-place, and can be read online. For more information about COVID-19 and the City, visit our COVID-19 resources website


SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans available to Iowa Small Businesses

Small nonfarm businesses in eight Iowa counties are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the derecho in the following primary county that occurred August. 10, 2020.

Primary county: Iowa.

Neighboring counties: Benton, Johnson, Keokuk, Linn, Poweshiek, Tama and Washington.

“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster,” Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West said.

Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.

“Eligibility for these loans is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 3% for businesses and 2.75% for private nonprofit organizations, a maximum term of 30 years, and are available to small businesses and most private nonprofits without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship,” Garfield said.

By law, SBA makes Economic Injury Disaster Loans available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. The Secretary declared this disaster on Oct. 30, 2020.

Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications online. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call 800-877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, Texas, 76155.

The deadline to apply for economic injury is June 30, 2021.


Trump Administration Invests Over $747,000 in Rural Community Facilities in Iowa

Health Clinics, Emergency Equipment and Public Safety Facilities Will Benefit Over 40,000 Iowans

DES MOINES, – The Trump Administration, along with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director for Iowa Grant Menke, today announced that the USDA is investing $747,700 in 22 projects to improve essential community facilities in rural Iowa. These projects, funded through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program and Community Facilities Disaster Grant Program, will benefit 40,788 rural residents in Iowa.

“Investing in essential community facilities is a key component of improving quality of life in rural Iowa, and that’s why these 22 projects are so noteworthy,” said Menke. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Secretary Perdue, USDA continues to be a strong partner to rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

The following 22 project investments announced today will be utilized to upgrade a health care facility and library, to assist in purchasing emergency equipment and vehicles, and to make necessary street and sidewalk improvements:

  • The City of Albia will use a $101,100 grant to purchase a truck dump box, slide-in stainless steel sander, reversible plow, and related equipment to be installed on an existing chassis to be used for maintenance of city streets, street cleaning, snow removal and treatment for ice and snow.  This equipment will replace worn out equipment and save repair costs and maintenance issues. The grant will also allow the city to purchase SCBA breathing equipment and other related equipment to be used by the City of Albia's Fire Department.  This will replace the Fire Department's old and outdated equipment, making it compliant with current NFPA standards.  This will help improve the quality of life for rural residents.
  • The City of Creston will use a $41,400 grant to purchase a MILO Range Mobile Situational Awareness Training System (M-SATS) mobile firearms and force options simulator.  The unit will provide officers with training situations, save time and travel resources, and better equip the officers in real life situations. The grant will also allow the city to purchase a new patrol vehicle.  Updated vehicles will help the police department safely serve the community.
  • The Friendship Home Association will use a $50,000 grant to make improvements to the two elevators located in the three-level facility.  Updates will bring the facility into compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Rules of Participation.
  • The City of New Market is receiving a $24,000 grant to purchase an electronic sign for the community.  The sign will be used to get important information out to the city such as boil orders or COVID-19 crisis information that will help enhance the safety and awareness of the community.
  • The City of Moulton will use a $7,700 grant to purchase new SCBA face masks, monitor and other related equipment which is needed to replace the fire department's old and outdated equipment.  The equipment will be used by the Moulton Fire Department and will help improve the quality of life for rural residents.
  • The City of Hastings is receiving a $30,000 grant to purchase a 12-lead cardiac monitor with defibrillation capabilities. Current equipment has become unreliable. The rescue department provides paramedic level care for the city and surrounding areas. This will improve the efficiency and safety of the rescue department and the community members they serve.
  • The City of Belle Plaine will use a $31,400 grant to purchase laptop computers, computer related equipment, and other equipment to help the department be more efficient. The equipment will be used to issue citations, reports, and complete accident reports on the scene. The grant will also allow the city to purchase a new law enforcement patrol vehicle for the city.  The car will be used to protect the community along with responding to public safety and emergency calls.
  • The City of Otho is receiving a $16,800 grant to purchase a generator for the city’s fire station.  The fire station serves as the designated shelter for the community in the event of an emergency.  The station currently runs on 100% electricity and has no backup generator.
  • The City of Farragut will use a $53,900 loan and a $24,100 grant to purchase a tractor and loader for the community.  It will be used to help maintain the streets and for snow removal.
  • The City of Seymour is receiving a $27,000 grant to purchase a patrol vehicle for the city of Seymour Law Enforcement Department. This project will help to replace a high-mileage vehicle with mechanical issues that are costly to repair. This vehicle will allow the city to continue providing efficient public safety services for the city's residents.
  • The City of Boyden will use a $3,300 grant to purchase and install a warning siren.  The existing siren is obsolete and cannot reach all local areas during severe weather situations, hindering the safety of the residents.
  • The City of Bedford is receiving a $50,000 grant to replace several streets and sidewalks in the community.  These streets are dilapidated and in need of repairs which will increase the safety and security of the residents of the city.
  • The Keokuk Public Library Foundation will use a $109,000 grant to purchase lighting, tables, chairs, screen and equipment for the library park.  The new park will have a reading and sculpture garden, plaza, open air amphitheater, and conservation areas.
  • The City of Russell is receiving a $40,900 grant to purchase a new skid loader and related equipment to be used for maintenance of the city streets and other general maintenance around the town.  This will help improve the quality of life for rural residents.
  • Sac City will use a $23,900 grant to purchase a law enforcement patrol vehicle and emergency services equipment.  This investment will replace an aging vehicle and equipment that are becoming costly to maintain and hinder the efficiency of law enforcement officers and safety of the community.
  • The City of Irwin will use a $50,000 grant to make necessary street and sidewalk improvements, furthermore, making them ADA compliant by adding designated parking spaces and required curb ramps for access to the sidewalks.  This will help improve the safety and quality of life for rural residents.
  • The City of Soldier is receiving a $13,200 grant to purchase maintenance equipment for the city of Soldier. The equipment will replace old and outdated equipment and will be used to help maintain city streets and property, improving quality of life for the city's residents.
  • The City of Corning will use a $50,000 grant to purchase a street sweeper for the city. The existing sweeper was purchased in 1994 and is beyond useful life. The new vehicle will help the city continue to provide necessary maintenance for the local residents.

Background:

USDA is investing in 22 projects in rural Iowa through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program and Community Facilities Disaster Grant Program. These programs provide affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a rural area, and does not include private, commercial, or business undertakings.

More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.

Interested parties should contact their local USDA Rural Development Iowa Office for information about additional funding, application procedures and eligibility details. The Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants also provides a detailed overview of the application process.

USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million residents living in rural Iowa. Office locations include a state office in Des Moines, along with local offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly. These offices help to provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.


SUSTAINABLE IOWA LAND TRUST SPECIALIST: AGROFORESTRY CAN PROVIDE DIVERSIFIED, NEW REVENUE SOURCE FOR FARMERS

SiltWEST BRANCH, Iowa – As Iowa farmers consider ways to create more stable incomes, they could consider diversifying their operations with an approach popularized by a Canadian forestry expert, Jonathan Hendricks, agroforestry specialist with the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust, said today.

 

“A look at the history of agriculture tells us that the concept has been around for centuries, but modern agroforestry was the brainchild of John Bene, who recognized and promoted the role of trees in agricultural production. Simply put, it involves growing crops purposefully along with trees or other woody plants. It can also involve raising livestock along with trees,” Hendricks said. “Both approaches include deriving income from the trees, such as nut or fruit trees or trees that are harvested for lumber.”

 

The Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT) is a statewide nonprofit that works with landowners to permanently dedicate their land to table-food production and market farming. Hendricks, who recently joined its staff, helps land owners create long-range conservation plans or convert existing short-term plans into longer-action plans. His work is supported in part by an Iowa Conservation Innovation Grant and in partnership with the Savanna Institute. 

 

“Agroforestry delivers short-term and long-term benefits. The trees reduce soil erosion and the host plants for insects that feed on crops while improving nutrient recycling and sustaining the water table,” Hendricks said. “In a livestock operation, those trees provide shade and shelter for animals. And, over time, they generate income and provide a new revenue source for the farm operation.”

 

SILT executive director Suzan Erem said agroforestry techniques are also “one of the top solutions to combating climate change.”

 

“Planting trees with the vision and intention of protecting the land and growing food is an idea for those who operate on a long-term horizon and want to leave a strong foundation for future generations. That describes Iowa farmers to a T,” Erem said. “We’re thrilled to have Jonathan with us now to help farmers and landowners across the state develop effective, long-term plans to create the kind of legacy that will make the future generations proud.”


Additional energy bill funds available this year for some low-income MidAmerican Energy customers

Several states add to annual seasonal energy bill assistance for customers with COVID-19 financial losses 

DES MOINES, Iowa – (Oct. 28, 2020) – Customers struggling to pay their energy bills may qualify for additional assistance this year if they also experienced COVID-19-related income losses, as several states have added pandemic relief funds on top of their annual low-income home energy assistance programs, or LIHEAP.

“More customers are facing financial hardship than in years past, due to this year’s challenges,” Mike Gehringer, vice president of customer operations for MidAmerican, said. “We encourage those customers to apply for LIHEAP, additional COVID-19 assistance to those who qualify, and contact us to discuss available payment options.” Customers concerned about their energy bill should call MidAmerican at 888-427-5632.

LIHEAP
LIHEAP helps low-income families pay their heating bills. The program provides winter heating assistance to qualifying customers. Each state receives and administers funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services block grants, so programs vary by state.

  • Illinois LIHEAP
    To be eligible for LIHEAP in Illinois, the total household income for an applicant must be at or below 200% of 2020 federal poverty guidelines. For example, a single-person household is eligible with an annual gross income at or below $25,520, and a family of four is eligible with an annual gross income at or below $52,400.

Customers are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for LIHEAP to ensure they receive the assistance they need. The program will accept applications through May 31, 2021. To apply, Illinois residents in Rock Island, Mercer and Henry counties should contact Project NOW, Inc. at www.projectnow.org or 309-793-6391. Residents can also call the state’s LIHEAP hotline at 877-411-WARM (9276). 

  • Iowa LIHEAP
    Community action agencies in Iowa review applications and administer grant funds. Household income and size, type of primary heating fuel, housing type and other factors are considered.

To be eligible for LIHEAP in Iowa, the total household income for an applicant must be at or below 175% of 2020 federal poverty guidelines. For example, a single-person household is eligible with an annual gross income at or below $22,330. A family of four is eligible with an annual gross income at or below $45,850.

Eligible customers who need help with energy bills should apply for LIHEAP at a local community action agency. The Iowa Department of Human Rights has additional information about the program and eligibility requirements. 

  • Nebraska LIHEAP
    The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services administers the state’s LIHEAP assistance.

To be eligible for LIHEAP in Nebraska, the total household income for an applicant must be at or below 130% of 2020 federal poverty guidelines. For example, a single-person household can qualify with an annual gross income at or below $16,588, and a family of four can qualify with an annual gross income at or below $34,060.

Nebraska customers can apply for assistance through March 31, 2021 for the 2020-2021 heating season. LIHEAP application forms are available through the ACCESSNebraska website, by phone at 800-383-4278, or at a local Nebraska DHHS office. 

  • South Dakota LIEAP
    South Dakota’s Department of Social Services distributes Low-Income Energy Assistance Program funds on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligibility for South Dakota’s LIEAP is based on the number of people residing in the home, type and cost of heating, and the household income. For example, a single-person household can qualify with a maximum 3-month income of $6,380 or less and a four-person household can qualify with a maximum 3-month income of $12,969 or less.

South Dakota LIEAP application forms are available at the South Dakota Department of Social Services website, by phone at 800-233-8503 or at local DSS offices.

Additional pandemic-related utility bill relief

Several states currently offer limited-time pandemic-related utility bill and utility debt assistance if they experienced a COVID-19-related loss:

  • Illinois: MidAmerican Energy customers in Rock Island, Mercer and Henry counties who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 may qualify for additional utility bill assistance, based on their income. To apply, contact Project NOW, Inc. at projectnow.org or 309-793-6391. Limited funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Iowa: The Iowa Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program provides eligible households with up to $2,000 toward certain utility services, including electric and natural gas, if they are at risk of disconnection due to an inability to pay due to a COVID-19-related income loss. More information about the program is available at iowafinance.com or by calling 515-348-8976. The application deadline is November 20, 2020.

  • South Dakota: The South Dakota CARES Housing Assistance Program provides qualifying South Dakota residents up to $1,500 per month in temporary housing expenses, including utility bills, if they have experienced a particular COVID-19-related loss. More information is available at sdhda.org or by calling 211. The application deadline is December 18, 2020.

Budget billing provides predictable monthly bill

MidAmerican Energy customers who want a more consistent monthly energy bill can opt for budget billing, which allows customers to pay the same amount each month for a set period of time. Budget billing does not lower rates but does offer a more predictable bill. 

How you can help low-income customers this winter

To help those in need, customers can donate to MidAmerican Energy’s I CARE program. I CARE funds local assistance for heating bills and home weatherization for low-income residents and is administered through local community action agencies.

Customer donations fund I CARE, together with a 25% match from MidAmerican Energy. Tax-deductible donations to the I CARE program stay within the local community and go directly to help those in need. MidAmerican Energy customers can donate to the I CARE program via a checkbox on their monthly bill or can pledge online. 

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves more than 791,000 electric customers in Iowa, Illinois and South Dakota, and 771,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican is available at MidAmericanEnergy.com and company social media channels.