Memorandums of Understanding
As a community energy company, MGE recognizes its responsibility to involve stakeholders. We carefully consider overall impacts in how we provide service and implement projects.
The West Campus Cogeneration Facility (WCCF) began service in 2005. When the plant was still in the planning stages, we negotiated the following Memorandums of Understanding with groups in our community:
- Citizen and environmental organizations [608 kB PDF]
- Regent Neighborhood Association [1.1 MB PDF]
- City of Madison [870 kB PDF]
These memorandums included forming an advisory committee with representatives from the Regent Neighborhood Association.
MGE took the following actions:
- PM 2.5 monitor and data - MGE and the City of Madison installed equipment on the near-west side to monitor particulate matter for five years following facility start-up.
- Volatile organic compound (VOC) reductions - MGE installed advanced vent caps on the gasoline storage tanks on local gas stations. The caps reduce VOC emissions, a significant contributor to ozone.
- A $220,000 renewable energy project - We are installing 37 photovoltaic fixtures that use clean solar energy to light a section of a bike path along Campus Drive. The bike path opened in spring 2008.
- WCCF emissions offset - MGE and the UW Madison agreed to totally offset nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and particulate emissions from WCCF operation.
- Ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel – This cleaner fuel was used in all MGE generators using backup diesel fuel before it was required by regulations. MGE also provided $200,000 to purchase this fuel for Metro buses in 2005 to reduce particulate and sulfur dioxide emissions.
- Watershed model - MGE provided $200,000 to help develop a Dane County watershed hydrological model, which helps improve the understanding and management of both underground and surface water resources in the Dane County area.
- Water use mitigation – MGE implemented a comprehensive plan to mitigate water use by the WCCF.