William J. Fehrman

President and CEO, MidAmerican Energy Company
President and CEO, BHE Renewables

William J. Fehrman, 57, has been a senior executive within the Berkshire Hathaway Energy family of companies since 2006. Berkshire Hathaway Energy owns and operates a $91 billion energy portfolio of locally managed businesses in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. that serve approximately 11.6 million electric and natural gas customers and end-users.

Fehrman has a broad set of executive responsibilities for Berkshire Hathaway Energy, including being president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy Company and BHE Renewables. MidAmerican Energy Company provides electric and natural gas service to nearly 1.5 million customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. The company owns and operates a diverse portfolio of power generating assets, as well as a growing transmission infrastructure. BHE Renewables develops, constructs, owns and operates wind, geothermal, solar and hydro generating assets located across the U.S. and in the Philippines.

Fehrman is the lead executive for Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s cross-business cyber and physical security strategies, including natural gas pipelines, transmission and other critical infrastructure. He also is the lead executive of Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s supply chain and procurement initiatives.

Fehrman is one of 18 Chief Executive Officers chosen to represent the electric industry on the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC). As the principal liaison between the federal government and electric power sector, the Council coordinates efforts to prepare for and respond to national-level disasters and threats to critical infrastructure that could impact national security and public safety. Fehrman serves as the executive sponsor of the Cyber Mutual Assistance Program, vice chair of the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) Member Executive Committee, and provides leadership to Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s co-chair of the Transformer Transportation Working Group.

Prior to 2006, Fehrman was president and CEO of Nebraska Public Power District, based in Columbus, Nebraska. He joined Nebraska Public Power District in May 1981 and held various positions across the business, including assignments in fossil and nuclear generation, until becoming CEO January 1, 2003.

Fehrman graduated in 1984 from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. In 1998, he earned a master’s degree in business administration from Regis University, Denver, Colorado. He also completed the Reactor Technology Program for utility executives from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and National Academy for Nuclear Training as well as the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations Senior Nuclear Plant Management Course. Fehrman is a former member of the National Nuclear Accrediting Board.

Fehrman is a member of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the board of directors for the American Gas Association, and the board for the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress.