MGE Seeks to Expand Smart Thermostat Program
Our regulated utility subsidiary, Madison Gas and Electric (MGE), is seeking to expand its smart thermostat program, MGE Connect®
. The program for residential electric customers allows MGE to make minor temperature adjustments to participants' smart thermostats during peak demand times.
MGE's request before state regulators seeks to increase participation in the program from 1,000 participants to 2,500. The program helps MGE better understand the potential for reducing electric peaks using smart technologies.
MGE Connect can help reduce peak demand by managing air conditioners remotely on the hottest days of the year. These peak demand periods put pressure on utilities to generate and distribute enough electricity to everyone who needs it. Data shows most customers allow the minor temperature adjustments during the events, which typically last two to four hours.
MGE Connect is one way in which MGE is working to meet its foundational objective, under its Energy 2030 framework, to work with customers to manage our collective use of energy. Energy efficiency and conservation are key strategies for achieving a more sustainable future.
to learn more about the program.