Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy, Iowa's largest power company, names its new CEO

Donnelle Eller
Des Moines Register

Kelcey Brown has been named MidAmerican Energy’s new president and CEO, taking over the reins from Adam Wright, who became the chief operating officer at Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

Brown moved to MidAmerican Energy late last month from Portland, Oregon-based utility PacifiCorp., where she was vice president of energy supply management. She previously had held other regulatory, commercial and operational roles at PacifiCorp., which she joined in 2011, MidAmerican said.

Both PacifiCorp. and MidAmerican are owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Energy. MidAmerican, based in Des Moines, provides electric and natural gas service to nearly 1.6 million customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Prior to joining PacifiCorp, Brown was a senior economist at the Oregon Public Utility Commission and an had been an economist at Blackfoot Telecommunications.

Brown graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in regulatory economics and served in the U.S. Navy for five years, spending most of her enlistment assigned to the U.S.S. Nimitz aircraft carrier.

Brown became MidAmerican’s CEO on Jan. 26, the same day PG&E Corp. announced that Wright was joining the utility as executive vice president of operations. Wright was MidAmerican’s CEO for three years. He joined MidAmerican in 2012 to lead wind generation expansion and operations.

MidAmerican says it has invested $11.9 billion in developing wind energy. The utility said wind-driven power generation was the source of 61% of the electricity it delivered to customers in 2019.