• BHE U.S. Transmission

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    In 2014, BHE U.S. Transmission formed TransCanyon LLC through a subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corporation.

  • BHE U.S. Transmission

    Moving Forward

    BHE U.S. Transmission owns a 25 percent interest in the Prairie Wind Transmission project in Kansas.

  • BHE U.S. Transmission

    Moving Forward

    BHE U.S. Transmission, along with subsidiaries of American Electric Power Company, owns a 50 percent interest in Electric Transmission Texas which owns and operates electric transmission assets in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

Investment in Transmission

Reliable Transmission Solutions

BHE U.S. Transmission provides cost-effective, reliable transmission solutions for wholesale customers.

$2.4B

BHE U.S. Transmission's year-end 2014 rate-based transmission projects

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BHE U.S. Transmission Projects

$1.6B

Investments toward transmission projects at voltages of 345 kilovolts and higher.


BHE U.S. Transmission is part of a group approved by the California ISO to develop, own and operate a new transmission line in California's Central Valley region. Spanning 60 miles, the new 230-kilovolt line will reduce the number and duration of power outages, create jobs, support economic development and bolster efforts to integrate clean, renewable energy on to the grid.

About

Committed to long-term ownership and acquisition of transmission assets, BHE U.S. Transmission builds upon the significant operational and ownership experience gained by Berkshire Hathaway Energy through its businesses' ownership of existing electric transmission systems. BHE U.S. Transmission draws upon this experience to develop cost-effective, reliable transmission solutions for wholesale customers.

BHE U.S. Transmission's delivery team has developed approximately $1.6 billion of transmission projects at voltages of 345 kilovolts and higher and has extensive experience in traditional utility and stand-alone transmission project development.

BHE U.S. Transmission indirectly owns a 50% interest in Electric Transmission Texas, along with subsidiaries of American Electric Power Company, Inc. Electric Transmission Texas owns and operates electric transmission assets in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and is regulated by the Public Utility Commission of Texas. Electric Transmission Texas’ transmission system includes approximately 1,000 line miles of transmission and 30 substations and had a total of $2.3 billion of transmission projects in-service as of December 31, 2015, with $0.6 billion of projects forecast to be completed in 2016 through 2019.

In 2013, BHE U.S. Transmission submitted a joint proposal with Pacific Gas and Electric Company into the California ISO's competitive transmission process to develop, construct and own the Central Valley Power Connect transmission project in California. This will be a double-circuit 230 kilovolt transmission line and will extend approximately 60 miles from the Gates substation in Fresno County to the Gregg substation in Madera County. The project was awarded in November 2013 and has a projected in-service date of April 2020.

BHE U.S. Transmission indirectly owns a 25% interest in Prairie Wind Transmission, LLC, a joint venture with American Electric Power and Westar Energy, Inc., to build, own and operate a 108-mile, 345 kV transmission project in Kansas. Construction began in 2012 and was fully placed in-service in November 2014.

In 2014, BHE U.S. Transmission formed TransCanyon LLC, a joint venture with Bright Canyon Energy, a newly formed subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corporation. TransCanyon LLC's purpose is to identify, develop, own and construct electric transmission projects located in the 11 western states comprising the Western Electricity Coordinating Council footprint.

In March 2016, TransCanyon formed a strategic alliance with Pacific Gas & Electric Company to jointly develop transmission opportunities in the California ISO footprint.

In 2015, BHE U.S. Transmission formed multiple joint venture entities with a subsidiary of Westar Energy, Inc. These companies identify, develop, own and construct electric transmission projects located in the Southwest Power Pool and Midcontinent Independent System Operator footprints.

BHE U.S. Transmission continues to evaluate development opportunities in evolving competitive markets either through joint ventures or on a stand-alone basis. BHE U.S. Transmission

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Project Locations

BHE U.S. Transmission has partnered with major entities to own and operate assets in the western U.S. and is exploring opportunities to expand.

Partnerships

BHE U.S. Transmission builds strategic partnerships to deliver stakeholder and customer benefits.

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  • PG&E Joins TransCanyon, a Berkshire Hathaway Energy and Pinnacle West Joint Venture, to Pursue Competitive Transmission Projects
    • 04/06/2016

      For more information, contact:
      Julie White, Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs, at 515-281-2785

      SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – (April 6, 2016) – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has formed a strategic alliance with TransCanyon, LLC (TransCanyon), a joint venture between subsidiaries of Berkshire Hathaway Energy and Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, to jointly pursue competitive transmission opportunities solicited by the California Independent System Operator Corporation (CAISO), the operator for the majority of California’s transmission grid.

      “The competitive transmission landscape is going to be one of the fundamental strategies to help energy companies like ours drive the most effective transmission projects as we continue to build the power grid of the future. We believe our partnership with TransCanyon will provide a competitive advantage for future projects,” said Gregg Lemler, Vice President, Electric Transmission Operations at PG&E.

      The strategic alliance will focus on CAISO competitive transmission projects that will benefit California customers.

      “This alliance brings forth the best in both our teams in terms of knowledge of the Western transmission system and our collective experience in the competitive transmission markets,” said Jason Smith, President of TransCanyon. “Our alliance builds on these capabilities and reflects the commitment of PG&E and TransCanyon to provide safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy for all CAISO electric customers."

      This alliance will pursue competitive transmission projects that will be subject to approval by the CAISO and ultimately funded by consumers of electricity on the entire CAISO controlled grid, including PG&E’s customers.

      “We want to ensure that PG&E customers are getting the best deal on transmission projects. We believe this alliance will strengthen our collective competitive capabilities to provide better value projects for our customers,” said Lemler.

      In 2013, when competition was first introduced to the California transmission market, PG&E, in a joint bid with BHE U.S. Transmission, was selected by CAISO to jointly build, own and operate a transmission line project located in California’s Central Valley region.

      In 2014, TransCanyon was formed as an independent developer of electric transmission infrastructure with a focus on the Western United States. It is a joint venture equally held by BHE U.S. Transmission and Bright Canyon Energy. BHE U.S. Transmission is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, an energy holding company based in Des Moines, Iowa. Bright Canyon Energy is a subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (NYSE: PNW), an energy holding company based in Phoenix, Arizona.

      In 2015, PG&E was also selected by the CAISO to build, own and operate two new electric substations in California’s Central Valley and the South Bay. Each of PG&E’s winning bids were selected in separate competitive solicitations over other qualified bidders. The CAISO approved these projects as part of its annual Transmission Planning Process, and all of the projects will be subject to future approval from the California Public Utilities Commission.

      Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/ and www.pgecurrents.com.

  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company, MidAmerican Transmission, Citizens Energy Corporation to Develop 70-Mile Electric Transmission Line
    • 11/15/2013

      For more information, contact:
      Julie White, Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs, at 515-281-2785

      SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – (Nov. 15, 2013) – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), BHE U.S. Transmission, LLC (MidAmerican Transmission) and Citizens Energy Corporation (Citizens Energy) have been chosen by the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) to develop, own and operate a new transmission line in the Central Valley region of California.

      The 230-kilovolt (kV) line will span about 70 miles across Fresno, Madera and Kings counties, running from the Gates to Gregg substations, which are owned and operated by PG&E. Approved by the ISO to address the growing power demand in the greater Fresno area, the new line will help reduce the number and duration of power outages, create jobs and support economic development, and bolster efforts to integrate clean, renewable energy onto the grid. The transmission line would be operational no later than 2022, and could come on line earlier.

      “This new transmission line not only will enable PG&E to safely, reliably and affordably serve our customers in the Central Valley, it will create new much needed jobs in the region,” said Geisha Williams, executive vice president of electric operations at PG&E. “The greater Fresno area is recognized nationally as a leader in agricultural business, and PG&E is pleased to partner with MidAmerican Transmission and Citizens Energy to modernize the region’s electric system in order to enhance California’s long-term economic vitality.”

      “Today’s energy infrastructure is adapting to meet the demands for greater renewable sources, while continuing the reliable service to customers,” said John Cupparo, president, MidAmerican Transmission. “This collaboration with PG&E and Citizens Energy is evidence of MidAmerican Transmission’s continued investment to ensure that California’s energy infrastructure keeps pace with these evolving demands.”

      “We’re proud to work with PG&E and MidAmerican Transmission on this terrific project and look forward to sharing the benefits of our work with the low-income families of the Central Valley,” said Citizens Energy Chairman and President Joseph P. Kennedy II.

      The ISO approved the project during its annual Transmission Planning Process in March. The ISO chose the consortium of PG&E, MidAmerican Transmission and Citizens Energy over four other qualified bidders in a competitive process. The project is the second to be approved under new ISO rules that require certain new transmission projects be subject to competition.

      The project will need to undergo an approval process through the California Public Utilities Commission. PG&E, MidAmerican Transmission and Citizens Energy will work collaboratively with local stakeholders to determine the optimal routing of the line as part of the approval process.

      Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/ and www.pgecurrents.com.

      BHE U.S. Transmission, a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, is engaged in the development of electric transmission facilities. BHE U.S. Transmission has invested in transmission in several regions in the U.S. and is evaluating opportunities to further develop electric transmission facilities in organized and traditional markets in the U.S. and Canada. BHE U.S. Transmission has formed a subsidiary, MidAmerican Central California Transco, to participate in the consortium. Additional information about BHE U.S. Transmission is available at www.bhetransmission.com.

      Through its subsidiaries, Berkshire Hathaway Energy provides electric and natural gas service to more than 11.5 million customers and end-users worldwide, operates an extensive 18,000-mile electric transmission system, a natural gas local distribution system, and interstate natural gas pipeline systems totaling nearly 17,000 miles. Learn more at www.berkshirehathawayenergyco.com.

      Citizens Energy Corporation was launched in 1979 by Joseph P. Kennedy II to use revenues from successful oil industry ventures to help lower the cost of heating for senior citizens and low-income families suffering from the petroleum price shocks of the time. The non-profit company expanded operations into the natural gas and electric power industries, all the while using its profits to help the poor. In addition, Citizens Energy started successful ventures in the pharmaceutical drug and health care fields, lowering the costs of life-saving drugs and medical care for ordinary working families. While still providing heating assistance in 26 states, Citizens has launched innovative wind, solar, and transmission businesses to help make life’s basic needs more affordable for the poor.

Contact

General

For more information about BHE U.S. Transmission, contact:

Doug Kusyk
General Counsel
Phone: 503-813-6270
Email

Service Work & Bid Information

For questions regarding provision of services for project work or instructions on how to be qualified to bid on a project, contact:

Todd Jensen
Vice President, Project Delivery
Phone: 801-220-2518
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Media

For media questions, contact:

Julie White
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Phone: 515-281-2785
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