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The Iowa Utilities Board has approved a settlement in the MidAmerican electric rate adjustment case. This judgment will allow Midamerican to continue charging customers an increase that went into effect in March 2012. It will also allow the company to add an additional increase for 2013.

The Iowa Utilities Board outlines the decision in the following news release:

(Des Moines) - The Iowa Utilities Board has approved a settlement agreement establishing an additional charge as part of MidAmerican Energy Company's standard electricity rates for calendar years 2012 and 2013. The increase is due to the utility's higher costs of environmental compliance and coal and coal transportation.

The settlement allows MidAmerican to increase its annual electric revenue by $38.7 million (4 percent) in 2012, which was implemented in March, and an additional $37.3 million in 2013, for a total increase of 6.7 percent. Average residential customers are currently paying an estimated monthly electric bill increase of $2.33 for temporary rates in effect since March, and to remain intact for 2012. In 2013, average residential customers can expect to see an additional $1.30 monthly bill increase, or a $3.63 total monthly bill impact.

On February 21, 2012, MidAmerican filed a request to add two automatic adjustment clauses for its increased costs. On July 27, 2012, the Office of Consumer Advocate, MidAmerican, and the Iowa Industrial Group filed the proposed settlement agreement for the Board's consideration and a joint motion asking that it be approved. The Iowa Industrial Group is a group of Iowa industrial employers that are major MidAmerican electric service customers. The Consumer Advocate represents the public interest in all proceedings before the Board.

The Board's decision order <https://efs.iowa.gov/efiling/groups/external/documents/docket/125923.pdf> (Docket No. RPU-2012-0001), based on the Board's review of the evidence submitted in this proceeding, confirms that the electric revenue increase proposed by MidAmerican is reasonable and less than the amount MidAmerican likely would have received in a traditional rate case.

The filings in this case are available in the Board's electronic filing system at, <https://efs.iowa.gov>.