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New Mid-American Plan for Energy Savings

MidAmerican Energy

MidAmerican Energy has announced a new five-year plan designed to save money for both the company and its Iowa customers. It filed the plan this week, and the Iowa Utilities Board has until the end of the year to approve it.

Spokesman Geoff Greenwood says the plan includes a range of options for home owners, even for those who already own energy-efficient furnaces and water heaters.

"Perhaps, you could use some weather-stripping at your house, or perhaps you can enroll in our summer saver program which gets you a rebate at the end of the summer if we can help control air conditioning during the hottest times of the summer."

Smart thermostats are another alternative.

MidAmerican would also offer incentives for energy efficient home construction.

"By investing in energy efficiency there is an upfront cost, but there'll be a big payback, a long-term payback. So for every dollar you spend you will be reaping more than a dollar's worth of value out of that investment."

MidAmerican's five year plan for Iowa customers is for 2024 through 2028, with a goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

A similar plan for Illinois will be announced later this year.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.