Gregory E. Abel
Gregory E. Abel is president and chief executive officer of MidAmerican Energy, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, and chairman and chief executive officer of PacifiCorp. He also serves as chief executive officer of CE Electric UK, a company that distributes electricity to approximately 3.7 million customers in England. Additionally, he is chief executive officer of MidAmerican Funding LLC, which is the holding company for MidAmerican Energy.
Abel is also a director of Kern River Gas Transmission Company and Northern Natural Gas Company. Previously he was executive vice president of CalEnergy.
Out of its total 14,411 megawatts (MW) of electric generating capacity in 2005 (1.35% of the U.S. total), MidAmerican produced 71.3% from coal, 15.3% from natural gas, 7.9% from hydroelectricity, 2.6% from geothermal, 2.5% from wind, and 0.4% from oil. MidAmerican owns power plants in California, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
New coal plant proposals
- Council Bluffs Energy Center Unit 4 (operating)
Existing coal-fired power plants
MidAmerican Energy is the 6th largest coal-fired energy producer in the U.S.. The company (and, through them, Berkshire Hathaway) owned 29 coal-fired generating stations in 2005, with 10,282 MW of capacity. Here is a list of MidAmerican's coal power plants:
|Plant Name||State||County||Year(s) Built||Capacity||2007 CO2 Emissions||2006 SO2 Emissions|
|Jim Bridger||WY||Sweetwater||1974, 1975, 1976, 1979||2318 MW||16,500,000 tons||20,055 tons|
|George Neal||IA||Woodbury||1964, 1972, 1975, 1979||1686 MW||5,974,000 tons||37,979 tons|
|Hunter||UT||Emery||1978, 1980, 1983||1472 MW||10,600,000 tons||7,338 tons|
|Huntington||UT||Emery||1974, 1977||996 MW||6,170,000 tons||17,405 tons|
|Council Bluffs||IA||Pottawattamie||1954, 1958, 1978||856 MW||6,010,000 tons||17,523 tons|
|Dave Johnston||WY||Converse||1959, 1961, 1964, 1972||817 MW||6,959,000 tons||22,351 tons|
|Louisa||IA||Louisa||1983||738 MW||5,340,000 tons||15,937 tons|
|Naughton||WY||Lincoln||1963, 1968, 1971||707 MW||5,778,000 tons||20,664 tons|
|Wyodak||WY||Campbell||1978||362 MW||3,475,000 tons||6,514 tons|
|Carbon||UT||Carbon||1954, 1957||189 MW||1,243,000 tons||6,121 tons|
|Riverside||IA||Scott||1949, 1961||141 MW||981,000 tons||5,275 tons|
In 2006, MidAmerican's 11 coal-fired power plants emitted 69.0 million tons of CO2 (1.15% of all U.S. CO2 emissions) and 177,000 tons of SO2 (1.18% of all U.S. SO2 emissions).
- Gregory E. Abel, MidAmerican Energy Holding Company, accessed December 2008.
- Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
- Existing U.S. Coal Plants
- Environmental Integrity Project, Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants, July 2007.
- Dig Deeper, Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed June 2008.
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