MidAmerican Energy Company is providing $285,000 to 96 cities and community organizations throughout its Iowa service territory in support of its Trees Please! program. The City of Storm Lake received $3,000 in funding for projects and the Storm Lake Area Development Corporation received $1,000.
Trees Please! funds are distributed to local communities each year in an effort to promote energy efficiency and improve the physical appearance in communities through the planting of trees. MidAmerican offers many energy efficiency programs to communities, as well as residential and non-residential customers. With the Trees Please! program, customers benefit from beautification and environmental enhancements in their communities.
"MidAmerican is pleased to offer the TreePlease! Program to enhance a community's appearance, help the environment and promote energy conservation," said Rick Leuthauser, MidAmerican's manager of energy efficiency programs.
Trees improve energy efficiency by serving as natural windbreaks and providing shades to homes 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 projects, the benefit to the community and the ability to obtain matching funds. Communities were notified in December they would receive a grant.
MidAmerican Energy Company, Iowa's largest energy company, provides electric service to 773,000 customers and natural gas service to 702,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines.