MGE Connect®

MGE is expanding our MGE Connect smart thermostat program in 2021, helping even more customers save energy by connecting with us!

As part of MGE's Energy 2030 framework, we are advancing new technologies to help customers save energy, control costs and reduce our collective impact. By working with our customers, we can reach our target of net-zero carbon electricity by 2050.

Connect with us, get rewards

MGE residential electric customers with eligible smart thermostats will receive a $50 Visa gift card upon acceptance into the program and another $25 Visa gift card for each completed summer season (June through September) after the first year.

Enrollment for new participants will open this spring. Please look for information from your thermostat manufacturer and from MGE to learn how to enroll. If you are interested in receiving notification when enrollment opens, please let us know by clicking the link below.  

Join the waiting list

If you have any questions, please email us at or reach out to MGE's Home Energy Line at (608) 252-7117 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How it works

  • During hot and humid days when energy use is higher than normal, MGE may call an "event." 
  • Temperature increases to thermostats during events will range from two to four degrees and last no more than four hours. Most events begin with a precooling period to help offset minor adjustments later in the day.
  • Adjustments will occur June through September during non-holiday weekdays from noon to 9 p.m. Participants can change temperature settings or opt out of events at any time. 
To learn more about the program, visit the FAQ.

Who is eligible to join? 

To enroll, you must be an MGE residential electric customer with an eligible, internet-connected thermostat used to control your air-conditioning. 

Participation is limited to 2,500 devices for the 2021 season. Enrollment will close when we reach this limit, however, we will offer the option to join a waiting list to join if space becomes available or if the program is expanded in the future. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis

If the name on your thermostat enrollment does not match the name on the MGE account, we may contact you for more information to confirm your eligibility and enrollment. For those customers who have multiple devices, you are only eligible for a single enrollment and participation incentive unless you have multiple air conditioners being controlled. We will work with you to determine your incentive level. 

Working together to save energy

Electric use peaks during stretches of hot, humid days when air conditioners are running in a majority of homes and businesses. These periods of high electric use put pressure on utilities to generate and distribute enough electricity to everyone who needs it. 

Programs like MGE Connect and On Demand Savings for large business customers help us better understand the potential for reducing electric peaks using smart technologies.  

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