MidAmerican Energy Company

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MidAmerican Energy Company
Private company
Industry Energy
Founded 1995
Headquarters Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
Area served
South Dakota
Key people
William J. Fehrman, President & CEO
Products Electricity generation, transmission and distribution
Parent Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Website www.midamericanenergy.com

MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy company based in Des Moines, Iowa.[1] Its service area includes almost two-thirds of Iowa, as well as portions of Illinois, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Its territory is wholly encompassed by the territory of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator. Major cities in MidAmerican Energy's service territory are Des Moines, Sioux City, Sioux Falls, Council Bluffs, Waterloo, Iowa City, and the Quad Cities.

MidAmerican Energy Company is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy.


MidAmerican Energy was formed in 1995 by the merger of the Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Company with Midwest Resources.[2] Midwest Resources in turn, was formed in 1990 by the merger of Midwest Energy and Iowa Resources. Midwest Energy was the holding company for Iowa Public Service company (IPS), the main power provider for northwestern Iowa, while Iowa Resources was the holding company for Iowa Power and Light Company, the main power provider for central and southwestern Iowa.[3]

Walter Scott, Jr. Energy Center

MidAmerican Energy is the developer and operator of the Walter Scott, Jr. Energy Center, a four-unit coal-fired power plant based in Council Bluffs. It produces more than 1,600 megawatts of electricity.[4]

Renewable energy

In addition to traditional power plants, MidAmerican Energy began investing in green energy generation in 2004. As of March 2014, approximately 2,285 megawatts, or nearly 30 percent, of MidAmerican Energy’s total owned generation capacity came from energy generated by the company’s 1,267 wind turbines. In May 2013, MidAmerican Energy announced plans to invest up to $1.9 billion to expand its wind generation fleet and add up to 1,050 megawatts of wind generation in Iowa by year-end 2015. Siemens Wind Power, the manufacturer of the turbines, states that at the time (December 2013) this was the largest single order of onshore wind power turbines that any company had ever received.[5] Components for the turbines are manufactured at two different sites in Iowa and Kansas, and all turbines are to be sited in Iowa.[6] Once the expansion is complete, approximately 3,335 megawatts, or approximately 39 percent, of MidAmerican Energy’s total owned generation capacity will come from wind-powered generation from 1,715 wind turbines.[7] MidAmerican Energy projects that wind power will supply one third of its energy generation by 2020. [8]

See also


  1. http://www.midamericanenergy.com/our-company.aspx
  2. James Averweg Testimony before the Iowa Utilities Board, Iowa Utilities Board, June 7, 2007.
  3. Midwest Resources Inc company history from Funding Universe
  4. "Just the Facts: Walter Scott, Jr. Energy Center's New 790-Megawatt Unit" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-08-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Siemens awarded largest onshore wind power order to date". Siemens Global Website. Retrieved 4 March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "World's biggest onshore wind turbine order goes to Iowan wind projects". EcoSeed. Retrieved 4 March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Wind energy overview". MidAmerican Energy Company. Retrieved 4 March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Iowa Utilities Board Docket No: RPU-2013-0003. Missing or empty |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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