Renewables, Wind

Renewables mix tops 50 percent for MidAmerican Energy customers in Iowa

More than half of MidAmerican Energy Co.’s customers in Iowa gained their power from renewable sources last year, according to a report filed this summer.

Iowa-based MidAmerican’s customers in that state got 51.4 percent of their energy from renewables, the Iowa Utilities Board verified in a recent order.

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 percent 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.”

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 percent 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.”

MidAmerican Energy is part of Berkshire Hathaway Energy. It provides electric and/or natural gas service in Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota and Nebraska.