IOWA STATE-WVU FOOTBALL GAME GOES GREEN WITH WIND ENERGY
DES MOINES, Iowa – MidAmerican Energy Company and ITC Midwest LLC will once again join Iowa State Athletics and its multimedia rights holder, Cyclone Sports Properties, to make MidAmerican Energy Field at Jack Trice Stadium “green” on Oct. 13. The game will serve as an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of renewable energy.
“We’re proud to partner with Iowa State both on and off the field to help promote the many benefits of environmentally friendly wind energy,” Mike Fehr, vice president of resource development for MidAmerican Energy, said. “Wind energy helps keep rates low for MidAmerican Energy customers, and there are many ways in which it benefits Iowa’s economy.”
The event brings awareness to the economic and environmental benefits of wind. Iowa is a leading wind energy state, deriving a greater percentage of its electricity from wind than any other state. West Virginia hosts four wind farms, according to the West Virginia Department of Commerce, and reports that it ranks 19th in states with the highest capacity for wind energy.
“As the nation’s largest independent electric transmission company, ITC plays an essential part in making sure all power generators, including Iowa’s wind farms, have access to the regional electric transmission grid,” Krista Tanner, ITC Midwest president, said. “This partnership is another way to focus attention on the role electric transmission and wind energy play in supporting Iowa’s economy.”
MidAmerican Energy and ITC Midwest serve as corporate sponsors for the event. During the game, the companies will be recognized on the field for their leadership in wind energy, and will promote wind through radio interviews on the Cyclone Radio Network and in-game video board messaging.
“This has always been a special game at Jack Trice Stadium, and we look forward to hosting the Mountaineers this time around,” said Cyclone Sports Properties General Manager Chris Andrews. “We certainly appreciate the wind energy innovation of MidAmerican Energy and ITC Midwest and are grateful for their long-time support of the Cyclones.”
Earlier this year, MidAmerican Energy announced plans to be the first investor-owned electric utility in the nation to generate renewable energy equal to 100 percent of its customers’ usage on an annual basis, upon completing its newest proposed wind energy project. The company expects to complete the project, called Wind XII, in late 2020, pending state approval.
Since its arrival in Iowa in 2007, ITC has completed 29 connections of new electric generators, allowing multiple wind energy developers to access the grid in Iowa and Minnesota. ITC has enabled approximately 3,100 megawatts of additional electric generation capacity to serve the region, most of it from wind energy.
About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at MidAmericanEnergy.com and company social media channels.
About ITC Midwest
ITC Midwest LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. ITC Midwest operates more than 6,600 circuit miles of transmission lines in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Missouri, and holds utility status in Wisconsin. ITC Midwest is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and maintains regional operating facilities in Dubuque, Iowa City and Perry, Iowa; and Albert Lea and Lakefield, Minnesota. For further information visit www.itc-holdings.com. ITC is a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry. For further information visit www.fortisinc.com.
About Cyclone Sports Properties
Cyclone Sports Properties is the Iowa State-dedicated team for Learfield, which manages multimedia rights and sponsorship initiatives for nearly 130 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas nationwide. The company also titles the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup and offers its college partners with professional concessions and ticket sales, licensing and trademark consulting, digital platform expertise and venue and technology systems through its owned companies.