Middle Bit: MidAmerican Energy passes 50 percent mark in renewable energy

MidAmerican Energy recently announced that more than half of their electricity provided to Iowa customers came from renewable sources last year.

The Iowa Utilities Board verified that MidAmerican Energy served 50.8 percent of its retail electric load using renewable generation. MidAmerican Energy expects this percentage to grow annually as the company completes additional wind projects.

“MidAmerican Energy has achieved an exciting milestone as a renewable energy leader,” Adam Wright, MidAmerican Energy President and CEO, said in the press release. “We have now crossed the 50-yard line and we’re moving closer to the goal, which is the vision we announced in 2016 to ultimately provide 100 percent renewable energy for our customers.”

What else happened…


LearnCore, a sales training software maker, has been acquired by Showpad, a Belgian company, for $50 million. It’s the second recent deal in the sales-enablement software space involving a Chicago company. Five-year-old LearnCore has about 50 employees, who will join Showpad’s Chicago office of about 40. —Chicago Business


A Kansas City-based community bank has partnered with the LaunchKC grants contest to offer the Fountain City Fintech Accelerator, which will soon welcome applications for its inaugural class. The 75-day program begins Oct. 1. —Startland News


The first round of 2018 Big Omaha speakers, sponsors and emcee were announced Friday morning. Over the last ten years, the entrepreneurship conference has welcomed over 4,000 participants from all over the country and dozens of speakers specializing in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. —Silicon Prairie News


Podium, a Utah-based company that helps businesses manage reviews and communicate with customers online, announced today that it has raised $60 million in financing. The round was lead by IVP and joined by existing investors, including Accel, GV (formerly known as Google Ventures), and Y Combinator. —VentureBeat