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OWOE - Amazing Energy - green-companies
MidAmerican Energy 100% Renewable Power
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, is set to become the first investor-owned electric utility in the US to generate renewable energy equal to 100 percent of its customers' usage in its Iowa service area on an annual basis. Other entities have achieved this milestone, a notable example being the city of Aspen, Colorado, which achieved that distinction in 2015. However, Aspen's municipal electrical utility serves only 6,500 customers compared to MidAmerican Energy's 770,000 customers. Google and Apple have made headlines for aggressively pursuing power purchase agreements to achieve 100% green energy on a corporate level. The difference is that Aspen, Google, Apple, and others have achieved their goals contractually by purchasing renewable energy, while MidAmerican Energy has achieved it as a provider of electricity.

In 2004, 70% of MidAmerican Energy's generation came from coal, and it had no wind resources in its system. In 2016 the utility announced its goal of 100 percent renewable energy. Just two years later, in May 2018, MidAmerican Energy filed a proposal with the Iowa Utilities Board for the $922 million 591 MW Wind XII project. When Wind XII is completed in late 2020, together with its previously announced Wind XI and repowering projects, MidAmerican Energy will have achieved its goal.

It should be noted that, similar to MidAmerican Energy's previous wind projects, Wind XII will not require an increase in electricity rates as the cost of new wind farms in Iowa is now less than the cost of providing power from its existing fossil and nuclear plants.

MidAmerican Energy will continue to use its natural gas, nuclear and coal-fueled plants to ensure reliable electric service when the wind isn't sufficient to meet peak load demands.

For more information, see MidAmerican Energy Company.