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September 19, 2011

Plant Some Shade Trees - Distribution Events Set

Des Moines, Iowa — September 13, 2011

Residential customers of MidAmerican Energy who live in Iowa can reduce future energy use while landscaping their homes and greening up their communities this fall through the residential tree-planting program, Plant some shade

Plant some shade is a partnership to aid long-term energy and natural resource conservation. The program is funded by MidAmerican and administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources – Bureau of Forestry with five local partners, including the Carroll County Conservation Board, Mahaska County Extension, Polk County Conservation Board, Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and the City of Waterloo.

Plant some shade enables MidAmerican’s residential customers to purchase up to two, 3- to 8-foot landscaping trees for just $30 each. Each project has a variety of trees available and typically includes two or three shade trees, a low-growing ornamental and a conifer.

“Encouraging residents to plant trees in their yard is an effective way to reduce energy costs and promote a healthy and aesthetically pleasing environment,” said Rick Leuthauser, MidAmerican’s energy efficiency manager. “We’re pleased to be funding Plant some shade and we hope many customers participate.”

Fall projects will take place in Carroll, Des Moines, Oskaloosa, Sioux City and Waterloo. Advanced orders are required. Order forms can be obtained at www.midamericanenergy.com/iowa_plantsomeshade. Orders will be accepted until all trees are sold.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for homeowners to get a quality tree at an affordable price,” said Matt Brewer, partnership coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources – Bureau of Forestry. “Fall is an ideal time to plant and establish new trees, too. The season’s warm days and cool nights are excellent for root growth.”

For more information, contact Brewer at 515-242-6892.

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