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. Between 2005 and 2018, we reduced carbon emissions by 23%.

Net-zero carbon electricity by 2050

MGE is targeting net-zero carbon electricity for our customers by 2050.

“Since introducing our carbon reduction targets, we have always said that if we can go further faster by working with our customers, we will. We believe it is important to articulate a long-term goal that is both visionary and based on the best climate science available,” MGE Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Keebler said.

MGE already has been on a path to reduce carbon emissions at least 80% by 2050 from 2005 levels. This commitment aligns 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.

Both the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the MCS rely on decarbonizing electric generation, using energy efficiently, and electrifying other energy uses, including transportation. These are the strategies MGE is pursuing and will continue to pursue to achieve deep decarbonization.

In November 2015, MGE introduced our Energy 2030 framework for a more sustainable future. Energy 2030 laid out our foundational objectives for building a community energy company for the future

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 received regulatory approval to build two large solar projects with WEC Energy Group. Construction will begin this summer, giving us ownership of 100 MW of new solar generation upon completion.
  • Community Solar: Our unique Shared Solar pilot project in partnership with the City of Middleton, Wis., came online in early 2017. We are seeking regulatory approval to expand the program with a second solar installation at Morey Field in Middleton, Wis.
  • 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 energy2030together.com.

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