MidAmerican Energy to Propose Request for Gas Rate Increase Next Week

Des Moines, Iowa — MidAmerican Energy plans to ask state regulators for an increase in its natural gas delivery rates for the more than 600-thousand customers in Iowa next week.

MidAmerican spokesperson, Tina Hoffman, says this is the portion of your bill that is set and covers the cost of the infrastructure to pipe in the natural gas.

Hoffman says there have been changes in delivery area and security issues that are addressed in the increase.

The other portion of your gas bill is the cost of the gas that is delivered to your home or business.

MidAmerican estimates the average residential customer would see a monthly gas bill increase of less than five dollars, or 60 dollars per year. Hoffman says there will be an interim increase of five percent until the Iowa Utilities Board rules on the permanent six percent increase.

The IUB will seek comments from customers and interested parties and make a final determination on the proposed rate increase in May of next year.

Public meetings on the topic are scheduled across MidAmerican’s Iowa service area at the dates, times and locations below:
· Sioux City – 6 p.m. Monday, July 24, 2023, Sioux City Convention Center, 801 Fourth St.
· Waterloo – 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, 2023, Majestic Moon, 1955 Locke Ave.
· Des Moines – 6 p.m. Thursday, July 27, 2023, Holiday Inn Des Moines-Airport Conference Center, 6111 Fleur Drive.
· Davenport – 6 p.m. Monday, July 31, 2023, The River Center, 136 E. Third St.
· Cedar Rapids – 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 1, 2023, The Olympic South Side Theater, 1202 Third St. S.E., Suite 200.
· Virtual – 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, August 3, 2023.

Details about participating online and at the customer comment meetings are available on the IUB’s website, iub.iowa.gov.

In our area, MidAmerican provides both gas and electric service in Sheldon, Archer, Germantown, Calumet, Sutherland, Granville, Newkirk, Hospers, Boyden, Hull, Rock Valley, Doon, Alvord, and Inwood. They also provide electric service only in a number of smaller communities.