- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - MidAmerican Energy has issued a peak alert as the temperature climbs.

The Des Moines-based utility said in a news release Thursday that it wants customers to conserve energy from 2 until 7 p.m., when temperatures and heat indexes are expected to be their highest. The National Weather Service has issued a warning about excessive heat in Iowa and most of Nebraska through Saturday evening.

The utility says it has enough generating capacity to meet the demand, plus a reserve, for its 752,000 electric customers. But MidAmerican says customers are being asked to trim use so they can limit the potential for higher costs.

Nebraska Public Power District spokesman Mark Becker says the district hasn’t issued any similar recommendation but is watching the weather situation and consumption records closely.

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