Green Tier

Green Tier

MGE is the only utility in Wisconsin to be awarded the highest participating level in Green Tier, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) environmental leadership program. MGE is one of only seven Wisconsin companies that achieved the "Tier 2" level.

By participating in the Green Tier program, we are continuing our voluntary commitment to superior environmental performance. In cooperation with the DNR, we have set goals to make significant environmental improvements.

Our improvement projects include:

  • Maintaining an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) at MGE's Blount Generating Station. This voluntary framework enhances our environmental performance by emphasizing employee training, procedures, checklists and communications. Blount is the first power plant in Wisconsin to be ISO 14001 certified.
  • Purchasing electricity from a local manure digester which reduces phosphorous runoff into local waterways and improves water quality. This project was made possible through the support of MGE, which purchases the locally produced renewable energy at a premium price to help subsidize the digester.
  • Offering our customers a mercury thermostat recycling program and removing old equipment containing mercury at Blount Generating Station.

In 2017, we agreed to another five-year contract with the DNR under the Tier 2 program. We entered the Green Tier program at the advanced Tier 2 status because of our established environmental management system. We have been a part of the DNR's Environmental Cooperation Pilot Program since 2002.

For more information: Wisconsin DNR's Green Tier Program

Community environmental advisory group

As a community energy company, we value customer input. MGE has formed a Community Environmental Advisory Group (CEAG) to work in partnership with us on environmental issues associated with our Green Tier Agreement with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Group members

  • 5 to 9 interested persons
  • Live or own a business within MGE's service area
  • May be affected by the activities of Blount

Membership includes

  • Environmental organizations
  • Government
  • Business
  • East-side community
  • Neighborhood leadership
  • DNR representatives

Group tasks

  • Provide feedback on the MGE/DNR Environmental Cooperative Agreement.
  • Provide feedback on MGE's Environmental Management System for Blount.
  • Review MGE's environmental performance under Green Tier.
  • Provide feedback on MGE's proposed goals and objectives for environmental performance improvement.
  • Suggest communications with the public about MGE's environmental programs and performance.

For more information

2016 Green Tier Report [2.0 MB PDF]
2015 Green Tier Report [2.5 MB PDF]
2014 Green Tier Report [376 kB PDF]
2013 Green Tier Report [3.0 MB PDF]
2012 Green Tier Report [1.1 MB PDF]
Green Tier Contract [13.2 MB PDF]

CEAG meeting minutes

No meeting took place in 2017.
September 27, 2016 [20 kB PDF]
June 24, 2015 [19 kB PDF]
June 4, 2014 [12 kB PDF]
June 4, 2013 [21 kB PDF]
June 27, 2012 [30 kB PDF]
November 9, 2011 [25 kB PDF]
December 8, 2010 [33 kB PDF]
August 11, 2010 [32 kB PDF]
December 16, 2009 [29 kB PDF]
May 26, 2009 [31 kB PDF]
January 7, 2009 [35 kB PDF]
September 24, 2008 [45 kB PDF]
August 29, 2007 [44 kB PDF]
March 20, 2007 [21 kB PDF]
November 15, 2006 [23 kB PDF]
March 8, 2006 [24 kB PDF]
December 15, 2005 [66 kB PDF]
March 3, 2005 [74 kB PDF]
November 11, 2004 [35 kB PDF]

MGE contact for more information

David Benforado
Phone: (608) 252-7906(608) 252-7906

We value your input.

Related link

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources