Mid American Energy Company is providing $272,000 to 99 cities and community organizations throughout its Iowa service territory in support of its Trees Please! program, including $2,000 to the City of Storm Lake.
Trees Please! funds are distributed to local communities each year in an effort to promote energy efficiency and environmental beautification through the planting of trees, and it is just one of Mid American Energy's 22 energy efficiency programs offered to residential and non residential customers.
Since 1992, Mid American Energy's tree-planting grants have helped communities across the state plant more than 65,000 trees.
"Mid American is pleased to offer Trees Please! program to encourage community beautification, help the environment and promote energy conservation," said Rick Leuthauser, Mid-American Energy's manager of energy efficiency programs.
Trees improve energy efficiency by serving as natural windbreaks and providing shade to home and businesses while beautifying parks, roadways and other common areas within a community. At the same time, planting trees improves air quality and helps protect and nourish the soil.
Each community has been awarded at least $1,000, with larger communities receiving larger amounts. The grants are based entirely on the individual merits of the project, the benefit to the community and the ability to obtain matching funds.