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MGE's Expanded Green Power Program

Responding to growing concerns about global climate change, Madison Gas and Electric now offers more renewable energy options for customers who want to take action through their energy use.

In 2008 and 2009, new wind power projects in Wisconsin and Iowa and local solar PV installations added ten times more renewable power for MGE customers to buy. The expanded green pricing program called Green Power Tomorrow allows customers who want even more renewables in their energy mix to pay an extra penny per kilowatt hour (kWh) for new, additional wind resources that go above and beyond the state standards. With this program, a typical household (600 kWh per month) is able to offset the CO2 emissions from their home electricity use for $6.00/month.

If you are a Madison business or residential customer and want to help make Madison the clean, green energy capital, sign up online today at mge.com.

The aggressive growth in the green power program complements other MGE activities that address global climate change. In 2007, the company rolled out its Power Tomorrow initiative. The program gives customers simple, specific energy conservation and efficiency steps they can take to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with their home energy use.

As part of its Energy 2015 Plan, the company will also be ending coal burning at its Blount Generating Station by the end of 2011, which will bring significant emission reductions. In addition, MGE has more than doubled its capture of methane at local landfills and uses it to produce electricity. A greenhouse gas, methane is 20 times more harmful than CO2. The company also reduces its greenhouse gas emissions from transportation by using biodiesel and compressed natural gas to help fuel its fleet vehicles. MGE generates and distributes electricity to nearly 135,000 customers in Dane County and purchases and distributes natural gas to more than 138,000 customers in seven south-central and western Wisconsin counties. MGE has served the Madison area for more than 150 years.