Protecting the Environment
Berkshire Hathaway Energy, our parent company, signed on to the American Business Act on Climate Pledge at its launch in 2015. MidAmerican Energy is proud to be part of a company that is committed to environmental responsibility and willing to play a leading role in developing sustainable, climate-friendly solutions to meet customers' energy needs while keeping costs reasonable and affordable.
Components of Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s pledge:
- Invest up to an additional $15 billion in renewable energy generation.
- Build additional wind generation.
- Retire coal-fueled generating capacity.
- Add solar and wind capacity through long-term power purchase agreements.
- Invest in transmission infrastructure to bring more renewable energy onto the grid.
- Help develop markets in the West to more effectively integrate renewable resources.
Components of MidAmerican Energy’s pledge:
- We are growing the use of renewables as an energy source.
- We are building transmission lines as part of a comprehensive, long-term regional plan to support the integration of more renewable energy onto the electric grid.
- We are reducing coal as a percentage of our generation mix and installing technology to reduce emissions at our coal-fueled plants.
- We are pursuing advanced technologies, such as energy storage options, that will help achieve a more sustainable energy future.
Coal Combustion Residual
MidAmerican Energy is committed to protecting the environment. Responsibly managing all elements of our facilities and implementing measures that minimize our environmental impact is part of that. Annually, MidAmerican Energy posts extensive groundwater monitoring data and analysis for its Iowa facilities with coal ash ponds and landfills. These facilities include Louisa Generating Station in Muscatine, Walter Scott, Jr. Energy Center in Council Bluffs, and Neal North and Neal South Energy Centers near Sioux City. The monitoring results are available on the Berkshire Hathaway Energy website.