MGE's Community Energy Workshop Advances Energy 2030 Framework

Madison, Wis., April 20, 2016—Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) hosted Tuesday evening its Community Energy Workshop at Monona Terrace where about 200 community leaders and members, representing a diverse cross section of the community, discussed issues related to our energy future. Participants generated input to help inform the company as MGE advances its Energy 2030 framework and future engagement efforts. Click the video (at right) for a brief overview from the Community Energy Workshop's activities.

Workshop Finale

Community Energy Workshop

  • Interactive workshop part of multistep engagement process started last year.
  • Featured deliberative dialogue among diverse cross section of about 200 community leaders and members.
  • Followed nearly 100 Community Energy Conversations with customers.
  • Designed to inform MGE as company advances Energy 2030 framework and community engagement.
  • Workshop videos, summary of themes at for customers to review.

"I am thankful to our community for providing guidance about our collective energy future, either through our Community Energy Conversations last year or last night's interactive Workshop. This unprecedented engagement effort has given MGE valuable insight into the needs and priorities of this community that we all call home," Gary Wolter, MGE Chairman, President and CEO, said. "MGE has a fundamental obligation to those we serve to provide safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy. By working collaboratively to advance common interests around energy, we can create a better future for our children and grandchildren and accomplish the goals under Energy 2030."

MGE's independent facilitator for its Community Energy Conversations, Justice and Sustainability Associates (JSA), designed the Community Energy Workshop. JSA's CEO, Don Edwards, facilitated the Workshop, using a deliberative dialogue format. The topics discussed by participants included advancing MGE's Energy 2030 framework in a changing energy world, new energy products and services, and community engagement. The videos presented at the Workshop have been posted at where anyone may view them. There, visitors also will find a summary of themes generated by the input from Workshop participants. Visit our Community Energy Workshop web page for videos and the summary of themes. Anyone is able to submit feedback to MGE by email. The input from the Workshop will inform further MGE's efforts to advance its Energy 2030 framework and build a community energy company for the future.

The Workshop followed a series of nearly 100 Community Energy Conversations last summer and fall, hosted by JSA. Anyone could participate in the small group discussions, or Conversations. Hundreds of customers shared information either in person at the Conversations or by submitting feedback online. The input informed MGE's Energy 2030 framework, which includes ambitious goals for renewable resources and carbon emissions, and objectives related to energy efficiency and conservation, innovative products and services, and community engagement.

"This is a dynamic period for energy, resulting in new opportunities for our community and our customers. We look forward to engaging and working with our customers in many different ways going forward and accomplishing our shared goals," said Wolter.

More information about the Workshop and Energy 2030 is available at

About MGE

MGE generates and distributes electricity to 146,000 customers in Dane County, Wis., and purchases and distributes natural gas to 152,000 customers in seven south-central and western Wisconsin counties. MGE's parent company is MGE Energy, Inc. The company's roots in the Madison area date back more than 150 years.

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