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MidAmerican Energy Receives National Award for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Tina Potthoff, Media Relations Manager, at 515-281-2585
Tim Grabinski, Director, Communication Planning, at 515-281-2343

DES MOINES, Iowa – (April 23, 2012) – MidAmerican Energy Company has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Organizational Leadership Award for its achievement of significant reduction in sulfur hexafluoride emissions since joining the agency’s voluntary SF6 Emission Reduction Partnership for Electric Power Systems in 2004.

MidAmerican Energy was recognized at the EPA’s award ceremony in Atlanta, Ga., on April 17.

SF6 is a greenhouse gas, and the emission reduction partnership is a collaborative effort between the EPA and the electric power industry to identify and implement cost-effective solutions to reduce SF6 emissions from electric generation facilities. Between 2000 and 2010, MidAmerican Energy reduced emissions of SF6 by nearly 70 percent by implementing a circuit breaker replacement program that identifies SF6-leaking circuit breakers, making capital investments to replace these circuit breakers, and improving the tracking of SF6 gas usage through new procedures and equipment.

“MidAmerican Energy is an industry leader in SF6 reductions and will continue to implement and execute plans to further reduce emissions levels,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO, MidAmerican Energy. “Since 2000, MidAmerican Energy has been successful in implementing procedures and policies to drastically reduce the rate of release of SF6 gas into the atmosphere, which demonstrates the company’s commitment to environmental respect.”