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MidAmerican Energy provided 51.4% renewable energy to its Iowa customers in 2018, utilities board verifies

Company moves closer to 100% renewable energy vision 

DES MOINES, Iowa – MidAmerican Energy Company provided its Iowa customers with 51.4% of their energy from renewable sources last year, the Iowa Utilities Board verified in an order filed Friday.

The number reflects the amount of renewable generation, as a percent of total retail energy delivered, that MidAmerican Energy provided to its customers in Iowa in 2018.

The renewable energy percentage rose slightly from 2017. MidAmerican Energy expects it to continue to increase, without seeking rate increases, as the company completes additional projects.

“Providing 100% renewable energy annually to our customers is part of MidAmerican Energy’s vision to be the best. We’re on track to do that in the next several years while still keeping rates low,” Adam Wright, MidAmerican Energy president and CEO, said. “Access to clean energy, combined with low rates and high reliability, helps drive Iowa’s economy.”

GreenAdvantage program
MidAmerican Energy’s GreenAdvantage program, available at no charge to all customers, quantifies the amount of renewable energy that electric customers can claim. The program enables businesses, especially those that emphasize clean energy, to claim the verified percentage of energy they received to help them meet corporate sustainability goals.

Company moves closer to 100% renewable energy vision
Last year, MidAmerican Energy announced its latest wind energy project, called Wind XII, which is now underway. The company expects to complete the project late next year.

Wind XII will help move the company closer to being the first investor-owned electric utility in the nation to generate renewable energy equal to 100% of its customers’ usage on an annual basis.

“We continue to work hard every day to add clean wind energy because our customers want it,” Wright said. “And we’re building it at no net cost to them while providing substantial and lasting economic benefits to Iowa communities.”

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves more than 783,000 electric customers in Iowa, Illinois and South Dakota, and 765,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at MidAmericanEnergy.com and company social media channels.


KEDLEY STEPS DOWN FROM IOWA’S 2ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT RACE

Osceola, Iowa - Osceola Mayor Thomas Kedley is stepping down from Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District Race.  The 31-year-old Republican educator filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission in early May after the retirement announcement of Congressman Dave Loebsack, but has decided to back out of the race to continue to serve his hometown community, Osceola.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting with Iowans from all over our 24 county district.  They say there is no place like home, and as I traveled, I realized I wasn’t done yet in Osceola. At this time, I feel like I can make the biggest impact at the local and state level. There are many initiatives that I would like to see through and I owe it to our incredible community to do that,” said Kedley.

Kedley will continue his career in politics by serving Iowa on the local and regional level. He will teach the youth of Osceola, serve as mayor and looks forward to running for state politics. He encourages elected officials to cut through the partisan gridlock and truly focus on sufficiently funding public education and mental health, decrease government red tape for the family farmer and pass a balanced budget. “I want to sincerely thank everyone for their support, encouragement and conversations. It has been an honor to meet and work with all of you.”


IOWA CONSERVATIVE ENERGY FORUM WELCOMES PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EXPANSION OF E15 FUEL

DES MOINES – The Iowa Conservative Energy Forum, a nonprofit organization that support clean energy solutions to benefit the Iowa economy and environment, expressed its support of the Trump administration's move to allow year-round production and consumption of E15 blended fuel.

“The president's decision has been praised by Republicans and Democrats alike. In today's political environment, that broad-based support speaks volumes about the value that E15 will deliver for our economy and the environment," said ICEF chairman Ray Gaesser, a Corning Farm and former president of the Iowa and American soybean associations.

The fuel is a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. E15, which the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association describes as "the most tested fuel in history," is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for use in all cars, SUVs and light-duty trucks manufactured in 2001 and later. E10, which contains 10 percent ethanol, is currently the most commonly used fuel in the United States.

"E15, if widely adopted, would represent up to a 50-percent increase in the amount of ethanol produced and consumed in U.S. markets. It is a renewable fuel that is a real boost for Iowa farmers, good for the U.S. economy and national security, and gentler on the global environment," Gaesser said. "The president's announcement is an example of the common-sense, conservative principles that unshackle the free market to the benefit of our state, nation and world today, tomorrow and far into the future."

About ICEF: The Iowa Conservative Energy Forum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that advocates for common-sense, market-based energy solutions that increase access to clean, affordable and reliable energy statewide. ICEF was established in 2019 as a platform for Iowa conservatives to promote the benefits of an “all of the above” energy strategy that values clean energy and seeks to level the playing field among energy sources. ICEF is a member of a growing network of conservative state-level organizations that promote clean energy and energy waste reduction to stimulate economic growth, create jobs, protect and responsibly use our natural resources, while improving energy reliability and enhancing national and grid security. To learn more, visit: https://www.iowacef.org/


KEDLEY FOR CONGRESS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN FOR IOWA’S SECOND DISTRICT

Osceola, Iowa – Osceola Mayor Thomas Kedley is hitting the campaign trail. The 31-year-old Republican educator filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission in May after the retirement announcement of Congressman Dave Loebsack but stated his focus would remain on his students until summer. With school out of session, Kedley is officially hitting the campaign trail.

“I look forward to traveling this beautiful district of 24 counties and hearing from Republicans, Democrats and Independents,” said Kedley. “I want to hear your concerns, your solutions and I want to take your energy to Washington, D.C.”

Kedley’s story is one of resilience. From living on the doorstep of poverty, to completing a college degree, having a career in education, and being elected to public office…success for Kedley has not come without overcoming challenges.

“As a young man growing up in Clinton, I helped my grandfather on the family farm and watched my mother work multiple jobs to support her family of five. I lived on the front line of poverty where the American dream seemed out of reach. Friends would share their lunches, couches and pennies. I remember spending countless hours at school with my teachers because that is where I could see a glimmer of my dreams coming true,” said Kedley. “My family, friends and teachers taught me resilience and to persevere. They taught me to follow my calling to be a solution seeker and to be a voice for others.”

As the mayor of Osceola, Kedley has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for residents through recreation, updating infrastructure and securing a reliable water source. Now the time has come for Kedley to take his track record of strong leadership to Washington to seek solutions that make the 2nd district, Iowa and country stronger both now and in the future.

Kedley is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Education. He is serving his second term as mayor of Osceola where he lives with his wife, Becca, two sons, Teddy and Rocky, and goldendoodle, Penny.

Learn more about Kedley and his campaign by visiting www.kedleyforcongress.com.


Iowa DNR Hosts Open House on Updated Floodplain Maps

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will host an open house where residents of Linn County can view proposed updated floodplain maps. The open house will be held Thursday, May 30, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the City Services Center (500 15th Avenue SW). All Linn County residents are welcome to attend.  

The open house will provide an opportunity for property owners to view proposed floodplain maps developed with improved modelling technology through FEMA and the Iowa DNR, learn how their flood risk may have changed and gain a better understanding of flood insurance options available. Residents throughout Linn County are encouraged to attend and learn more about whether new insurance rates or regulatory changes may apply to their property.  

Floodplain maps are used for floodplain management, flood insurance ratings, and to identify flood hazards. Insurance companies will use the maps to determine flood insurance rates. Representatives from FEMA and the Iowa DNR will be on hand to answer questions and address residents’ concerns about the preliminary flood maps, which are being updated based on more recent flood studies, hydraulics, and topographic data.  

Flooding is the number one natural disaster in the United States.  It is vital that property owners understand their risk and take advantage of tools or programs available to them, including flood insurance.   

Residents can find more information this map update project at https://www.iowadnr.gov/Environmental-Protection/Land-Quality/Flood-Plain-Management/Flood-Plain-Mapping   

Residents with additional questions can contact the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources at 515-725-8333 or Jason.Conn@dnr.iowa.gov.


Iowa Conservatives Launch Clean Energy Group

DES MOINES – A group of well-known Iowa conservatives have formed a nonprofit organization to support clean energy solutions to benefit the Iowa economy, improve the environment and strengthen our national security.

“We're committed to educating and engaging everyday Iowans and our elected officials in common-sense energy policies that will benefit our state, nation and world today, tomorrow and far into the future," said Jake Ketzner, executive director of the newly formed Iowa Conservative Energy Forum.

Ray Gaesser, a Corning farmer who is a former president of the American Soybean Association, Iowa Soybean Association and a 2018 candidate for Iowa secretary of agriculture, will serve as the ICEF's board chair. Gaesser noted that research commissioned by the organization underscores Iowa conservatives' belief that an "all-of-the-above" energy policy is the right course for the state.

"What we've found should come as no surprise, but it's a story that simply isn't being told enough: more than three of every four Iowa conservatives believe we should be pursuing an all-of-the-above energy strategy, which means lowering dependence on fossil fuels and allowing an increase in electric generation from emerging technologies like renewable energy as well as more energy efficiency," Gaesser said.  "An amazing 93 percent of Iowa conservatives believe farmers and other landowners have the right to lease their land to wind companies while 85 percent believe we should continue or place more emphasis on solar power and 83 percent say we should continue or place more emphasis on producing wind energy."

He added," We've allowed the progressives to claim energy and conservation policies for too long. They don't have a corner on these issues."

Leadership Council Members:

Ray Gaesser, Corning - Chair

Chad Airhart, Dallas County Recorder, Waukee

Robert Brownell, Polk County Supervisor, Clive

Debora Blume, West Des Moines

Trudy Caviness, Wapello County GOP Central Committee chair, Ottumwa

Jeremy Davis, 2018 GOP Candidate for Treasurer, Ames

Sandy Greiner, former state representative and state senator, Keota

Darrell Hanson, former state legislator from Manchester and former Iowa Utilities Board member

Erik Helland, former state representative, Johnston

Peter Jeffries, public affairs executive, Clive

Sara Kurovski, Mayor of Pleasant Hill

Shannon Latham, vice president of Latham Hi-Tech Seeds and a 2018 Iowa senate candidate, Sheffield

Aaron McKay, former Iowa director for Sen. Charles Grassley and Rep. David Young, Pleasant Hill

David Oman, former chief of staff for Govs. Robert Ray and Terry Branstad and a 1998 gubernatorial candidate, Des Moines

Kathleen Parris, Conservative Activist, Audubon

Kathy Pearson, Conservative Activist, Cedar Rapids

Bob Rafferty, attorney and former Davenport state representative and Gov. Terry Branstad chief of staff, West Des Moines

Ruth Randleman, former mayor, Carlisle

Bryan Sievers, manager, AgriReNew, Glenora Feed Yards and Sievers Family Farms and former state senator; Stockton

Rob Taylor, former state representative, West Des Moines

Craig Williams, Carroll County GOP Central Committee chair, Carroll

Eric Woolson, political consultant, West Des Moines

Grant Young, Conservative Activist, Des Moines

Executive Director: 

Jake Ketzner, West Des Moines

"Individuals on our board demonstrate the breadth and depth of support among Iowa conservatives for common sense, market-based approaches to the costly, heavy-handed government-dominated policies proposed by liberals in Washington, D.C.," Ketzner said. "They are Iowans who have the pulse of their communities, have a record of leadership and accomplishment, and are committed to the cause of a better environment, stronger economy and brighter tomorrow."

Iowa Conservative Energy Forum Website: https://www.iowacef.org

Iowa Conservative Energy Forum Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/IowaConservativeEnergyForum/

 

About ICEF: The Iowa Conservative Energy Forum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that advocates for common-sense, market-based energy solutions that increase access to clean, affordable and reliable energy statewide. ICEF was established in 2019 as a platform for Iowa conservatives to promote the benefits of an “all of the above” energy strategy that values clean energy and seeks to level the playing field among energy sources. ICEF is a member of a growing network of conservative state-level organizations that promote clean energy and energy waste reduction to stimulate economic growth, create jobs, protect and responsibly use our natural resources, while improving energy reliability and enhancing national and grid security.To learn more, visit: https://www.iowacef.org/


Compromise advances sports betting bill in Iowa House

DES MOINES — Iowa bettors would not be allowed to make in-game “prop” wagers on contests involving Iowa athletes, their colleges or their opponents under a change expected to be approved Wednesday by a House committee — a change backers say will boost the chances of sports gambling becoming legal in Iowa.

via www.thegazette.com


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