MGE Responding to Storm-Related Outages Across Service Territory

Madison, Wis., July 6, 2016--Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) reports that at the peak of the storm that came through our service territory overnight, about 120 separate outages affected approximately 17,000 electric customers. By 4:30 a.m., the number of impacted customers was reduced to approximately 10,000.

  • At storm's peak, approximately 17,000 customers were impacted.
  • As of 4:30 a.m. approximately 10,000 customers were still impacted.
  • MGE has not experienced this number of storm-related outages in 10 years.
  • Never approach a downed power line or anything that comes in contact with it.
  • Report a loss of power to MGE at 252-7111.

MGE has not experienced this number of storm-related outages in 10 years. The majority of these outages appear to be the result of the 70 mile-per-hour winds that came through our area during the storm.

The south-central part of Madison and the Fitchburg areas appear to be the hardest hit part of our service territory. The areas with the most damage and impacted customers are:

  • The Monroe Street area along the bike path,
  • The Fish Hatchery Road area, and
  • The Fitchburg area along the bike path.

MGE crews have been working to restore service to impacted customers since 2 a.m. Damage assessment efforts began at daybreak. At that time, MGE will start to have a better understanding of the storm's overall damage and an estimated restoration time for those customers who remain without service.

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 mge.com/outage until damage assessment is completed.

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 assume a power line is energized and extremely dangerous. Report downed power lines at 252-7111.

MGE will provide another update on our outage restoration before noon.
Steven Schultz - Corporate Communications Manager
608-252-7219 | sbschultz@mge.com