Vol. 22   No. 1
March 2016
  • MGE Talks Business
Energy Trends

Energy 2030: the power of working together

Energy 2030: the power of working together

Wind turbines at MGE's wind farm in Kewaunee County. MGE's 2030 framework calls for a transition to 30% renewable energy by 2030.

MGE is at the crossroads of a new energy world. New technology has brought changes to how consumers use energy and to how we can potentially serve customers' needs.

In 2015, MGE's Community Energy Conversations engaged our customers about our collective energy future. We all have a stake in ensuring safe, reliable, clean and affordable energy for our community and its future generations.

As we developed our long-term vision and business plan for MGE and those we serve, we were informed by input from the Community Energy Conversations, an extensive customer survey, our own industry research, other collaborative partnerships and numerous stakeholder discussions. As a result, we announced our Energy 2030 framework in November 2015 to guide our future. Under Energy 2030, MGE will:

  • Transition toward supplying 30% of retail energy sales with renewable resources by 2030. As a milestone goal, we will supply 25% of retail energy sales with renewable resources by 2025.
  • Work with customers to reduce our community's carbon dioxide emissions by 40% from 2005 levels by 2030.
  • Increase engagement around energy efficiency and conservation to reduce our community's overall energy and peak electric use to reduce long-term costs for everyone.
  • Create a more dynamic, integrated electric grid that supports and integrates new technology.
  • Develop and test new products and services to offer customers more control over their energy use.
  • Deepen our engagement with customers to chart our next steps and determine over time, as technologies evolve, how best to meet customer needs and accomplish our long-term goals.

The Energy 2030 framework is consistent with the 25% renewable energy by 2025 goals of Madison, Middleton, Monona, Fitchburg and Dane County. The framework for the next 15 years builds upon MGE's now complete Energy 2015 Plan, under which MGE:

  • Eliminated coal at its downtown power plant.
  • Increased energy from renewable resources by almost 12 times.
  • Reduced carbon emissions by almost 20% since 2005.

"Energy 2030 is an ambitious framework. We will need customer collaboration and support to achieve our vision. Working together, we can harness the power of new technologies to double our reductions in carbon emissions, significantly increase our renewable energy and reduce our collective energy usage and costs to create a better, more sustainable future for MGE and for our community," MGE Chairman, President and CEO Gary Wolter said when announcing the company's business plan for the future.

Reliable electric and natural gas service is a cornerstone of our community's safety, quality of life and healthy economy. Energy 2030 advances the company's long-standing commitment to cleaner energy, innovative products and services, and customer engagement. As your community energy company, we look forward to partnering with our customers to reach these ambitious goals.

Learn more about our energy future at mge.com/Energy2030.