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Statement by Industry Minister James Moore on the Proposed Acquisition of AltaLink by Berkshire Hathaway Energy

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 07/25/14 -- Industry Minister James Moore made the following statement today on Berkshire Hathaway Energy's application under the Investment Canada Act to acquire control of AltaLink, an electricity transmission company based in Alberta:

"Berkshire Hathaway Energy's application to acquire control of AltaLink has been approved. However, approval of this transaction is also required by the Alberta Utilities Commission before it may proceed.

"Foreign investment transactions are reviewed on their merits and the overall economic benefit to Canada. In making my determination, I carefully considered the plans, undertakings and other information submitted by the investor in light of the net benefit factors listed in the Act."

As a result of this review, Berkshire Hathaway Energy has agreed to the following commitments:


--  There will be no reductions in the level of employment at AltaLink as a
    result of the transaction.
--  AltaLink will remain locally managed and incorporated under the laws of
    Canada, with its headquarters, senior management team and operations
    located in Alberta. AltaLink's independent board of directors will also
    continue to be composed of a majority of Canadians.
--  One hundred percent of AltaLink's earnings will be reinvested in
    AltaLink, elsewhere in Alberta or in other regions of Canada for at
    least five years. This commitment will support AltaLink's three-year
    C$2.7-billion investment in Alberta's energy infrastructure, subject to
    continued oversight by the Alberta Utilities Commission and the Alberta
    Electric System Operator.
--  At least C$27 million will be invested in joint development
    opportunities in Canada and the United States, with Canadian partners,
    over the next five years.
--  Berkshire Hathaway Energy will invest at least C$3 million of new funds
    over three years to support academic programs focused on energy-related
    topics, cultural organizations and community-based programs across
    Alberta.
--  AltaLink's commitment to provide C$3 million over three years in
    community and charitable contributions across Alberta will be
    maintained.
--  Berkshire Hathaway Energy will share best practices, at no cost, with
    AltaLink on safety, customer satisfaction, cybersecurity and supplier
    diversity.
--  Berkshire Hathaway Energy will provide opportunities for Albertan and
    other Canadian companies to supply products and services to its other
    businesses.

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