MidAmerican to buy Constellation for $4.7 billion

One of the region’s largest utilities is about to get a lot bigger. MidAmerican Energy is buying Constellation Energy, which was one casualty in this wild week on Wall Street.
The Des Moines-based MidAmerican serves some 720,000 natural gas and electric customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Baltimore, Maryland-based Constellation operates in seven states, primarily on both coasts.
MidAmerican is under the umbrella of Omaha-based Berkshire-Hathaway, headed by billionaire Warren Buffett. The buyout, pending stockholders’ and regulators’ approval, is worth $4.7 billion dollars.