Electricity generated using clean, renewable energy sources is called green power.
If you want to "go green"
- Start with energy efficiency. Reducing your energy use eliminates the need to generate the power in the first place. It costs less and pays back faster than investing in your own renewable energy system. You can save as much electricity substituting one $3 compact fluorescent lightbulb as spending $500 on a solar PV panel. Visit Saving Energy for information and ideas.
Buy green power. It's easy and effective. For every kilowatt-hour of green power you purchase, there's a kilowatt-hour of electricity that won't be generated with non-renewable fuels. Visit Green Power Tomorrow for more information.
- Investigate a renewable energy system. Evaluate your site for orientation and obstructions:
- Wind turbines need adequate wind speeds.
- Solar systems need clear access to southern orientation. Too many trees or neighboring buildings can be a problem.
- Various building and safety codes apply.
For information about site assessments, consultations, contractors and to learn about potential financial assistance, visit Focus on Energy’s Renewable Energy or call 1-800-762-7077.
- Receive payment for the clean energy you generate. Visit customer-owned generation for more information about MGE's buyback rates.
Greening our electricity grid
While better for the environment, utility green power systems are considerably more expensive to build and do not generate as much electricity per dollar of investment as conventional plants. Yet, we believe the time is right to improve our environmental footprint and increase our use of green energy.
Required vs. voluntary renewable energy
All Wisconsin electric utilities are required to use renewable resources in their fuel mix. By 2015, an average of 10% of the electricity generated statewide must come from renewable energy. MGE exceeded that goal and now has approximately 11% renewable energy in its energy supply for 2013.
MGE customers have asked us to do more. We responded with Green Power Tomorrow (GPT). GPT allows customers the choice to pay more for clean energy to offset the carbon dioxide generated by their electricity use.
Where MGE green power comes from
MGE's renewable resources
|Supplies Green Power Tomorrow||Meets Renewable Requirement and More|
|MGE's wind farm – Kewaunee Co., Wis., 8.22 MW||MGE's wind farm – Kewaunee Co., Wis., 3 MW|
|Wind energy purchase – Top of Iowa, 30 MW||MGE's wind farm – Mason City, Iowa, 29.7 MW|
|Wind energy purchase – Fond du Lac, Wis., 15 MW||Landfill gas – Rodefeld, Dane County, Wis.|
|Wind energy purchase - Endeavor II, NW Iowa, 12 MW||Wind energy purchase - Endeavor II, NW Iowa, 38 MW|
|Solar energy purchases – Customer-owned, 700 kW||Biomass at Blount Station, Madison, Wis.|
|MGE's solar projects in electric service area|