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MidAmerican Energy Joins American Business Act on Climate Pledge

DES MOINES, Iowa – (July 27, 2015) – Berkshire Hathaway Energy, parent company of MidAmerican Energy Company, today joins some of the largest companies in the nation at a White House meeting to launch the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, a demonstration of the U.S. private sector’s commitment to taking on the global challenge of climate change.

Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy, said Berkshire Hathaway Energy chairman, president and CEO Greg Abel and Cathy Woollums, senior vice president, environmental services and chief environmental counsel, are representing the business at the White House meeting, which is being led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Other businesses expected to participate include Alcoa, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Walmart, UPS and Coca-Cola, among others. Through participation in today’s White House event, Berkshire Hathaway Energy and the other businesses are voicing support for a strong outcome in the international climate negotiations taking place in Paris late this year.

“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,” Fehrman said. “Over the past decade, we have invested billions to reduce the impact of our operations on the environment, including $6 billion in wind energy, and we have plans to do even more.”

MidAmerican Energy owns more wind-powered generation capacity than any regulated, investor-owned utility in the nation. Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s American Business Act on Climate Pledge includes MidAmerican Energy’s plan to pursue construction of 552 megawatts of additional wind generation in Iowa, which would increase the utility’s generating portfolio by 2017 to more than 4,000 megawatts of renewable generation capacity, which, for comparison purposes, could serve up to 57 percent* of its retail energy load.

Berkshire Hathaway Energy American Business Act on Climate Pledge

MidAmerican Energy also has embarked on major projects to upgrade transmission infrastructure to support the integration of more renewable energy onto the electric grid and has made changes and improvements to reduce power plant emissions.

“We have installed emissions reduction technology on our coal-fueled fleet where it made economic sense to do so and have retired other coal-fueled units or converted them to natural gas when that was the better option,” Fehrman said.

He noted that conducting business in an environmentally responsible manner complements MidAmerican Energy’s focus on delivering reliable, reasonably priced energy and exceptional service to customers.

“Our environmental efforts align with what is important to our customers,” Fehrman said. “Several of our large industrial customers are among the businesses at the White House today pledging their support to climate action. As in all our business decisions, we’ll keep the needs of our customers in the forefront as we pursue projects that help us meet important environmental goals.”

MidAmerican Energy Company provides electric service to 746,000 customers and natural gas service to 726,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed MidAmerican Energy Company's website.

* (1) Comparison is provided to show the relative size of wind generation capability and does not represent actual deliveries of wind energy to retail customers. All or some of the renewable attributes associated with the generation have been or may in the future be: (a) sold to third parties, or (b) used to comply with future regulatory requirements.