MGE Connect®

MGE expanded our MGE Connect smart thermostat program this year, 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.

Participation is limited to 2,500 devices for the 2021 season. We have reached our limit for the year, however you can join our waiting list and we'll contact you if space becomes available or if the program is expanded in the future. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Request to enroll

Connect with us, get rewards

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

To determine if you have an eligible smart thermostat, visit our frequently asked questions page. Once your enrollment request is received, we will review your account information and, if space is available, enroll you in MGE Connect. We may contact you if there is more information needed to complete our review.

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.

To learn more about the program, visit the FAQ.

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. 

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. 

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. The graph below shows how energy use is reduced during a typical event.Energy Use Reduction

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.