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*
Pie chart showing that 57% of our renewable energy is generated with wind

A Leader in Renewables

With more than 6,200 megawatts of wind energy in operation at year-end 2019, wind energy plays an integreal role in MidAmerican Energy Company reaching its 100% renewable energy vision for Iowa customers.

Capacity Expansion

By the end of 2020, PacifiCorp will add 1,150 megawatts of new wind resources and upgrade, or repower, 1,000 megawatts of existing wind resources. The new wind projects are expected to power 400,000 typical homes annually.

Delivering Wind Energy

Local Economic Impact

MidAmerican Energy has been investing in renewable energy adding clean, environmentally friendly wind to its generation mix at no additional net cost to its customers.

MidAmerican Energy's wind development provides long-term economic sustainability:

  • Invested approximately $11.9 million in wind projects, creating construction and permanent jobs across Iowa
  • Paid approximately $26.3 million in property taxes on wind turbines in 2019
  • Paid approximately $30.9 million in landowner easement/lease payments for wind projects in 2019

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 megawatts from renewable sources as of December 31, 2018.