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MIDAMERICAN ENERGY COMPANY
 
Medium-Term Notes Due Not Less Than 9 Months from Date of Issue
 
DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT
 
October 3, 2006
Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC
11 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010

J.P. Morgan Securities Inc.
270 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017

LaSalle Financial Services, Inc.
55 East 52nd Street
6th Floor
New York, NY 10055

BNP Paribas Securities Corp.
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019

 
Dear Sirs:
 
MidAmerican Energy Company, an Iowa corporation (the “Company”), confirms its agreement with Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, J.P. Morgan Securities Inc., LaSalle Financial Services, Inc. and BNP Paribas Securities Corp. (each, a “Principal Agent” and, together, the “Principal Agents” and collectively with the subagents listed in the Prospectus, the “Agents”), with respect to the issue and sale by the Company of its Medium-Term Notes described herein (the “Notes”). The Notes are to be issued pursuant to an indenture, dated as of October 1, 2006 (the “Indenture”), between the Company and The Bank of New York Trust Company, N.A., as trustee (the “Trustee”). As of the date hereof, the Company has authorized the issuance and sale of up to $350,000,000 aggregate principal amount of Notes through the Agents pursuant to the terms of this Agreement. It is understood, however, that the Company from time to time may reduce the maximum principal amount of Notes which it may issue and sell or authorize the issuance of additional Notes and that such additional Notes may be sold through or to the Agents pursuant to the terms of this Agreement, all as though the issuance of such Notes were authorized as of the date hereof.

This Agreement provides both for the sale of Notes by the Company directly to purchasers, in which case the Agents will act as agents of the Company in soliciting Note purchases, and (as may from time to time be agreed to by the Company and the Agents) to the Agents as principal for resale to purchasers.
 

 
The Company has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) registration statements on Form S-3 (Nos. 333-110398 and 333-134163) for the registration of certain securities, including the Notes, under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act”) and the offering thereof from time to time in accordance with Rule 415 of the rules and regulations of the SEC under the 1933 Act (the “1933 Act Regulations”). Such registration statements have been declared effective by the SEC and the Indenture has been qualified under the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, as amended (the “1939 Act”). Such registration statements (and any further registration statements which may be filed by the Company for the purpose of registering additional Notes and in connection with which this Agreement is included or incorporated by reference as an exhibit) and the prospectus specifically relating to the Notes constituting a part thereof (the “Base Prospectus”), and any prospectus supplements specifically relating to the Notes, including all documents incorporated therein by reference, as from time to time amended or supplemented by the filing of documents pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “1934 Act”) or the 1933 Act or otherwise, are referred to herein as the “Registration Statement” and the “Prospectus”, respectively, except that if any revised prospectus specifically relating to Notes shall be provided to the Agents by the Company for use in connection with the offering of Notes which is not required to be filed by the Company pursuant to Rule 424(b) of the 1933 Act Regulations, the term “Prospectus” shall refer to such revised prospectus from and after the time it is first provided to an Agent for such use. A “Preliminary Prospectus” shall be deemed to refer to any prospectus and any prospectus supplement furnished by the Company after the Registration Statement became effective and before the Time of Sale with respect to a series of Notes which, pursuant to Rule 430B of the 1933 Act Regulations, omitted information to be included upon pricing in a form of prospectus and prospectus supplement filed with the SEC pursuant to Rule 424(b) of the 1933 Act Regulations. The term “Free Writing Prospectus” has the meaning set forth in Rule 405 of the 1933 Act Regulations. The term “Time of Sale Prospectus” means the Base Prospectus, as amended or supplemented from time to time prior to the Time of Sale and together with the most recent Preliminary Prospectus or preliminary Pricing Supplement relating to the offer and sale of such series of Notes immediately prior to the Time of Sale, and Pricing Supplement relating to the offer and sale of such Series of Notes filed or used prior to the Time of Sale, and Final Term Sheet relating to the offer and sale of such Notes and each Free Writing Prospectus in the form furnished to the Agents by the Company or approved or adopted by the Company for use prior to the Time of Sale. The term “Time of Sale” means the time or date set forth in the applicable Terms Agreement. For purposes of this Agreement, all references to the Registration Statement, Prospectus, Time of Sale Prospectus, Free Writing Prospectus, Pricing Supplement or Preliminary Prospectus or to any amendment or supplement thereto shall be deemed to include any copy filed with the SEC pursuant to its Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval system (“EDGAR”).

SECTION 1.  Appointment As Agents.
 
(a)   Appointment of Agents. Subject to the terms and conditions stated herein and subject to the reservation by the Company of the right to sell Notes directly on its own behalf, the Company hereby appoints each Agent as its agent for the purpose of soliciting purchases of Notes from the Company by others and agrees that, except as otherwise contemplated herein, whenever the Company determines to sell Notes directly to an Agent or Agents as principal for resale to others, it will enter into a Terms Agreement (hereafter defined) relating to such sale in accordance with the provisions of Section 3(b) hereof. The Agents are authorized to appoint sub-agents or to engage the services of any other broker or dealer in connection with the offer or sale of Notes. The Company agrees that, during the period any Agent is acting as the Company’s Agent hereunder, the Company will not contact or solicit potential investors introduced to it by such Agent to purchase Notes. The Company may appoint, upon one day prior written notice to the Agents, additional persons to serve as Agent hereunder, but only if each such additional person agrees to be bound by all of the terms of this Agreement as an agent.
 
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(b)   Reasonable Efforts Solicitations; Right to Reject Offers. Upon receipt of instructions from the Company, the Agents will use their reasonable efforts to solicit purchases of such principal amount of Notes as the Company and the Agents shall agree upon from time to time during the term of this Agreement, it being understood that the Company shall not approve the solicitation of purchases of Notes in excess of the amount which shall be authorized by the Company from time to time or in excess of the principal amount of Notes registered pursuant to the Registration Statement. The Agents will have no responsibility for maintaining records with respect to the aggregate principal amount of Notes sold, or of otherwise monitoring the availability of Notes for sale under the Registration Statement. The Agents will communicate to the Company, orally or in writing, each offer to purchase Notes, other than those offers rejected by an Agent. Each Agent shall have the right, in its discretion reasonably exercised, to reject any proposed purchase of Notes, as a whole or in part, and any such rejection shall not be deemed a breach of such Agent’s agreement contained herein. The Company may accept or reject any proposed purchase of Notes, in whole or in part.
 
(c)   Solicitations as Agent; Purchases as Principal. In soliciting purchases of Notes on behalf of the Company, each Agent shall act solely as agent for the Company and not as principal. Each Agent shall make reasonable efforts to assist the Company in obtaining performance by each purchaser whose offer to purchase Notes has been solicited by such Agent and accepted by the Company. Such Agent shall not have any liability to the Company in the event any such purchase is not consummated for any reason. Such Agent shall not have any obligation to purchase Notes from the Company as principal, but an Agent may agree from time to time to purchase Notes as principal. Any such purchase of Notes by an Agent as principal shall be made pursuant to a Terms Agreement in accordance with Section 3(b) hereof.
 
(d)   Reliance. The Company and each Agent agree that any Notes the placement of which such Agent arranges shall be placed by such Agent, and any Notes purchased by such Agent shall be purchased, in reliance on the representations, warranties, covenants and agreements of the Company contained herein and on the terms and conditions and in the manner provided herein.
 
SECTION 2.  Representations and Warranties.
 
(a)   The Company represents and warrants to each Agent as of the date hereof, as of the date of each acceptance by the Company of an offer for the purchase of Notes (whether through any Agent as agent or to any Agent as principal), as of the date of each delivery of Notes (whether through such Agent as agent or to such Agent as principal) (the date of each such delivery to such Agent as principal being hereafter referred to as a “Settlement Date”), as of the date that the Registration Statement became effective (the “Initial Effective Date”), as of any time that the Registration Statement or the Prospectus shall be amended or supplemented (other than by an amendment or supplement providing solely for a change in the interest rates of the Notes or similar changes) (with respect to the Registration Statement, a “Subsequent Effective Date”) or there is filed with the SEC any document incorporated by reference into the Prospectus (other than any Current Report on Form 8-K relating exclusively to the issuance of debt securities under the Registration Statement, unless the Agents shall otherwise specify), as of the relevant new effective date as determined pursuant to Rule 430B(f)(2) of the 1933 Act Regulations with respect to the applicable series of Notes (the “Note Effective Date” and together with the Initial Effective Date and any Subsequent Effective Date, the “Registration Statement Effective Date”) (each of the times referenced above being referred to herein as a “Representation Date”) as follows:
 
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(i)   Due Incorporation and Qualification. The Company has been duly incorporated and is validly existing as a corporation in good standing under the laws of the state of Iowa with corporate power and authority to own, lease and operate its properties and to conduct its business as described in the Time of Sale Prospectus; and the Company is duly qualified as a foreign corporation to transact business and is in good standing in each jurisdiction in which such qualification is required, whether by reason of the ownership or leasing of property or the conduct of business, except where the failure to so qualify and be in good standing would not have a material adverse effect on the condition, financial or otherwise, or the earnings, business affairs or business prospects of the Company.
 
(ii)   Public Utility. The Company has the legal right to function and operate as an electric public utility company in the States of Iowa, Illinois and South Dakota, and as a gas public utility company in the States of Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota and Nebraska.
 
(iii)   Subsidiaries.  The Company has no significant subsidiaries, as “significant subsidiary” is defined in Rule 405 of Regulation C of the 1933 Act Regulations.
 
(iv)   Ineligible Issuer Status. At the time of initial filing of the Registration Statement and at the earliest time thereafter that the Company or another offering participant made a bona fide offer (within the meaning of Rule 162(h)(2) of the 1933 Act Regulations) of any Notes and at each Representation Date at the date of this Agreement, the Company was not and is not an “ineligible issuer,” as defined in Rule 405.
 
(v)   Registration Statement, Prospectus, Time of Sale Prospectus and Free Writing Prospectus.  At the respective times that each part of the Registration Statement became effective, the Registration Statement and any applicable amendments complied, and as of each Representation Date will comply, in all material respects, with the requirements of the 1933 Act and the 1933 Act Regulations and the 1939 Act and the rules and regulations of the SEC promulgated thereunder. The Registration Statement, at the time it became effective and at the Initial Effective Date, did not, and at each time thereafter at which any amendment to the Registration Statement becomes effective or any Annual Report on Form 10-K is filed by the Company with the SEC and as of each Representation Date, will not, contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading. The Prospectus filed as part of the Registration Statement complied when so filed in all material respects with the 1933 Act and the 1933 Act Regulations. At the date of this Agreement, at the date of the Base Prospectus and each amendment or supplement thereto and at each Representation Date, neither the Base Prospectus nor any amendment or supplement thereto included an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading. The Time of Sale Prospectus does not, and at the Time of Sale and at the applicable Settlement Date, the Time of Sale Prospectus, as then amended or supplemented by the Company, if applicable, will not, contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; provided, however, that the representations and warranties in this subsection shall not apply to statements in or omissions from the Registration Statement or Prospectus made in reliance upon and in conformity with information furnished to the Company in writing by the Agents expressly for use in the Registration Statement or Prospectus, it being understood and agreed that the only such information furnished by any Agent consists of the information described as such in the applicable Terms Agreement.
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