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MidAmerican Energy Announces Trees Please! Grant Awards

For more information, contact:
Tina Potthoff, Media Relations Manager, at 515-281-2585
Tim Grabinski, Director, Communication Planning, at 515-281-2343

DES MOINES, Iowa – (Feb. 1, 2013) – Through its Trees Please! energy efficiency program, MidAmerican Energy Company is providing $225,000 to 80 cities and community organizations throughout its Iowa service territory.

Trees Please! funds are distributed each year to local communities to promote energy efficiency and environmental beautification through the planting of trees.

“MidAmerican Energy is pleased to offer the Trees Please! program to promote energy conservation, help the environment, and support community beautification projects,” said Tina Yoder, energy efficiency manager, MidAmerican Energy.

Trees improve energy efficiency by serving as natural windbreaks and providing shade to homes and businesses. Trees beautify parks, roadways and other common spaces within a community. Planting trees also improves air quality and helps protect and nourish the soil.

Each city and community organization has been awarded at least $1,000 (see attached chart). The grants are based on the individual merits of the project, the benefit to the community, and the ability to obtain matching funds.

Communities were notified in December 2012 that they would receive a grant, and checks are being delivered to winning communities. For more information about Trees Please!, call 800-434-4017.

MidAmerican Energy Company, Iowa’s largest energy company, provides electric service to 732,000 customers and natural gas service to 714,000 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 www.midamericanenergy.com.