MGE and Madison Partner for Electric Buses

Our utility subsidiary, Madison Gas and Electric (MGE), is partnering with the City of Madison on its efforts to electrify 50% of its bus fleet by 2035. This partnership resulted in Madison Metro Transit receiving a federal grant for three, zero-emission buses.

As part of the City's grant application under the Low-No Emission Vehicle Program, MGE submitted a letter of support and pledged to provide:

  • 100% of the required local matching funds for charging infrastructure.
  • Continued in-kind support and expertise to address technological issues and facilitate cost effective and efficient use of energy.

In addition to its support, MGE worked closely with Metro to arrange and pursue this opportunity.

"MGE is committed to working with the City of Madison, Metro and other community stakeholders to advance new, cleaner energy technologies to reduce our community's carbon emissions," said Jeff Keebler, MGE President and CEO. "Deployment of zero-emission buses will play an important role in reaching our shared goals."

Metro staff are planning for battery-electric buses to hit the streets in September 2019.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, for every zero-emission bus on the road, carbon emissions are reduced by nearly 1,700 tons over their estimated 12-year lifespan. With three electric buses, that would be an estimated carbon reduction of 5,100 tons in our community.

MGE already has reduced its carbon emissions 21% since 2005. Under its Energy 2030 framework, working with customers such as the City, MGE is targeting a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels.