MidAmerican offering tree-planting grants

Thursday, October 23, 2008

MidAmerican Energy Company is offering Iowa communities it serves the opportunity to apply for tree-planting grants.

By providing funds for communities to plant trees in parks, roadways and other common areas, the Trees Please! program promotes energy efficiency and environmental beautification. Trees improve energy efficiency by serving as natural windbreaks and providing shade to homes and businesses. At the same time, planting trees improves air quality and helps protect and nourish the soil.

Since the program's inception in 1997, MidAmerican has awarded more than $1.7 million in grants, resulting in the planting of approximately 55,500 trees.

"In these times of increasing budget constraints, the Trees Please! program allows communities to beautify while helping the environment and promoting energy conservation," said Rick Leuthauser, manager of MidAmerican's energy efficiency programs. "MidAmerican is proud to be able to provide this resource."

The amount of each community's grant will be determined after all the applications are received. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of project merit, benefit to the community and ability to obtain matching funds. Communities receiving a grant will be notified of their award during the second week of December.

For more information about the program or to receive an application form, community leaders should call 800-434-4017 or email Kim Willer, energy efficiency specialist at kawiller@midamerican.com. The deadline to request an application is October 24.

For more information about the other energy efficiency programs offered by MidAmerican Energy to help its customers conserve energy and save money, visit the MidAmerican Energy website at www.midamericanenergy.com/ee.

MidAmerican Energy Company, Iowa's largest energy company, provides electric service to 722,000 customers and natural gas service to 702,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines. Information about MidAmerican is available on the internet at www.midamericanenergy.com.