MidAmerican Energy – the utility owned by billionaire Warren Buffett – unveiled one of the largest ever US onshore wind plans with a $4bn proposal that includes 2GW of turbines in Iowa and a pledge to explore other “clean generation technologies” such as nuclear and carbon capture.

MidAmerican, part of the investment tycoon's Berkshire Hathaway empire, claimed that when added to existing fleet, its Wind PRIME project would give it the ability to meet with green electricity the equivalent of the entire annual consumption of its Iowa customer base in what is already one of America's leading wind power states.