MidAmerican Energy customers to see ‘energy efficient charge’ on monthly statements

Des Moines, Iowa – The state’s largest utilities will send out bills this month that have a new way of listing what’s known as the “energy efficiency charge.”

MidAmerican Energy spokesman Geoff Greenwood says a change in the law led to the change in the way the charge shows up on your bill.


Greenwood says any state-regulated utility has to make the change on the bill.   He says there is also going to be a change in the amount you pay for the energy efficiency charge.


The legislation limits energy efficiency program spending at two percent for electric and one–and-a-half percent for natural gas. The money from the plans is used for things like rebates when you buy a new more energy efficient appliance or new insulation.

Greenwood says the way the money is spent now could be different for each utility.


Greenwood says they types of things the money is spent on will be changing with the new plan awaiting approval by the Utilities Board.

The bill passed the Iowa Legislature after extensive debate. Critics said the cap on the program is too low and many customers cannot afford energy efficiency measures in their homes and businesses without the rebates.


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