Wind Energy

The Power of Wind

The power of the wind has been harnessed for thousands of years. As technology has advanced, the wind has been used for grinding grain, pumping water and providing electricity to farms beyond the reach of power lines. Today, wind farms use the energy contained in prevailing winds to generate electricity for homes and businesses.

Our businesses' wind projects not only foster economic development but they also demonstrate Berkshire Hathaway Energy's commitment to renewable energy and environmental respect. MidAmerican Energy Company is ranked first in the nation in ownership of wind-powered electric generation among rate-regulated utilities. And PacifiCorp is the second-largest rate-regulated owner of wind-powered generation in the nation. NV Energy has completed Nevada's first utility-scale wind energy project. And BHE Wind continues to focus its operations on unregulated wind-powered generation projects.

Renewable Generation*
Wind Energy Generation

Ranked No. 1

At year-end 2015, MidAmerican Energy Company had more than 3,500 megawatts of owned and contracted wind generation capacity in operation and construction – the most among rate-regulated energy providers in the U.S.

Capacity Expansion

At year-end 2015, PacifiCorp had approximately 2,000 megawatts of owned and contracted wind generation capacity in operation – the second most among rate-regulated energy providers in the U.S.

Delivering Wind Energy

Wind Energy

Local Economic Impact

In April 2016, MidAmerican Energy Company announced plans to invest $3.6 billion to expand its wind generation fleet and add 2,000 megawatts of wind power in Iowa. The expansion will be constructed at no net cost to the company's customers and will help stabilize customers’ electric rates over the long term.

The wind expansion project is expected to provide:

  • $18 million in landowner payments each year
  • $12.5 million in annual property tax payments
  • $48 million per year in state and local expenditures associated with the project

From the Ground Up

Watch the video to see how we're building our energy future, one wind turbine at a time. 

*Owned and contracted MW as of December 31, 2015.