MGE Responding to Storm-Related Outages Across Service Territory

Madison, Wis., June 17, 2014—Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) reports more than 40 separate outages affecting about 3,400 electric customers as of 5:30 a.m.

Areas of our service territory with the most damage and impacted customers are:

  • The West Towne area;
  • The Schroeder Road area; and
  • The Isthmus area.

The majority of outages are the result of heavy winds and lightning. MGE will assemble crews and begin damage assessment at daybreak.

Due to the number of incidents and the size of the overall outage, MGE has suspended its estimated time of restoration feature on its online outage map at until damage assessment is completed later this morning.

Customers who have not yet reported a loss of power should call MGE at 252-7111 to report an outage.

Never approach a downed power line or anything that comes in contact with it. Always presume a power line is energized and extremely dangerous. Report downed lines at 252-7111.

The storms also resulted in some damage to MGE's gas system in the Verona area. If you smell a strong, persistent natural gas odor, do not touch anything electrical and leave the home or building immediately. Call MGE from somewhere else, away from the gas odor at 252-1111.

MGE will provide another update on our outage restoration before noon.

About MGE

MGE generates and distributes electricity to 141,000 customers in Dane County, Wis., and purchases and distributes natural gas to 147,000 customers in seven south-central and western Wisconsin counties. MGE's parent company is MGE Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: MGEE). The company's roots in the Madison area date back more than 150 years.