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Environmental and Sustainability Report

MGE is creating a more sustainable future with a strong commitment to environmental responsibility, energy reliability, and safety.

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Environmental and Sustainability Report

MGE has issued its 2018 Environmental and Sustainability Report. The report provides a comprehensive view of our efforts from recycling to clean water initiatives to community engagement.

Emission reductions

We have made significant strides in reducing emissions. From 2005 through 2016, we reduced carbon emissions by 20%.

In 2015, we developed our Energy 2030 framework to guide our energy future. Under Energy 2030, we are committed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions at least 40% by 2030 from 2005 levels. This target is consistent with the U.S. emissions targets for the 2030 time frame established as part of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Beyond 2030, we're committed to reducing carbon emissions at least 80% by 2050 from 2005 levels. These commitments align with the goals of the U.S. Mid-Century Strategy (MCS) for Deep Decarbonization. The MCS is the U.S. strategy for meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. Our goals are consistent with the U.S. emissions targets and the 2 degree scenario.

Working toward Energy 2030

We are working to achieve a more sustainable energy future using the best, most cost-effective technologies as they become available. These actions have already been taken toward our Energy 2030 goals:

  • New Wind Farm: Our 66-megawatt (MW) wind farm near Saratoga, Iowa, became operational in early 2019. The investment grows MGE-owned wind generation by 160%.
  • Forward Energy Center: In 2018, we purchased a share of the Forward Energy Center wind farm in Wisconsin to help provide cost-effective clean energy to our customers. When combined with Saratoga, this grows our MGE-owned wind generation by more than 200%.
  • New Solar Projects: We are seeking regulatory approval to build two large solar projects with WEC Energy Group. If approved, we will own 100 MW of new solar generation.
  • Community Solar: Our unique Shared Solar pilot project in partnership with the City of Middleton, Wis., came online in early 2017. We are planning to expand the program with a second solar installation.
  • Renewable Energy Rider (RER): Under this program, we partner with large customers on customized renewable energy solutions. In October 2018, MGE and Dane County announced plans for a solar installation of up to 8 MW on county-owned land near Dane County Regional airport. If the project is approved by regulators, we will own the solar infrastructure, lease the land from Dane County and sell energy to the County. This is the first project announced under our RER.
  • Transition from Coal: As part of our ongoing transition away from coal-fired generation, we reduced our ownership share in the Columbia Energy Center, one of two coal plants in which we are a minority owner. We have no controlling interest in coal-fired generation and have no plans for additional coal resources.
  • New Technologies: Enabling new technologies such as electric vehicles and smart home technology is a priority under our Energy 2030 Framework. Learn more at

MGE is participating in the Edison Electric Institute's (EEI) environmental, social, governance and sustainability-related reporting template. The voluntary, industry-specific template [124 kB PDF] provides current data and information on MGE operations and other matters.


2017 Report [1.2 MB PDF]
2016 Report [1.2 MB PDF]
2014 Report [1.5 MB PDF]
2012 Report [1.4 MB PDF]
2010 Report [1.5 MB PDF]
2008 Report [1.5 MB PDF]
2007 Report [1.8 MB PDF]
2006 Report [1.3 MB PDF]