Environmental Respect

Environmental Respect

Natural resources are essential for the production of energy. We are committed to using these resources wisely and protecting our environment for the benefit of future generations. Our Environmental RESPECT Policy details this commitment in the areas of Responsibility, Efficiency, Stewardship, Performance, Evaluation, Communication and Training.

Renewable Energy Sources

Fundamental changes are taking place in the energy sector as world leaders continue to examine the increased presence of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Today, approximately 39 percent of our businesses’ owned and contracted generation capacity comes from renewable and noncarbon sources. MidAmerican Energy Company and PacifiCorp own the largest and second-largest portfolios, respectively, of wind-powered generating capacity in the U.S. among rate-regulated utilities. BHE Renewables’ Topaz Solar Farms project is one of the largest solar projects in the world. The 550-megawatt photovoltaic project generates enough renewable energy to power approximately 180,000 average California homes.

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Taking Action

As the energy debate continues, Berkshire Hathaway Energy companies are taking early action to protect the environment by:

  • Commiting to invest $30 billion in renewable energy generation
  • Pursuing fossil-fueled generation efficiency improvement projects
  • Investing in new electricity transmission and distribution equipment to reduce the loss of kilowatts and improve reliability
  • Offering programs that empower our customers to conserve and manage their energy use, including energy efficiency incentives, energy assessments and smart metering
  • Working to avoid methane and sulfur hexafluoride releases from our gas and electricity transmission and distribution operations

Looking to the Future

Our efforts to reduce the emissions of Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s generation fleet will continue. So will our efforts to work with policymakers as they create responsible environmental laws and regulations reflective of sound public policy. As we plan changes to our generation mix in response to regulatory requirements, we must strike a balance between environmental concerns and keeping electricity rates affordable for customers.

Our Core Principles

  • Customer Service
  • Employee Commitment
  • Environmental Respect
  • Regulatory Integrity
  • Operational Excellence
  • Financial Strength

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