Environmental and Sustainability Report
Our main subsidiary, Madison Gas and Electric (MGE), continues its environmental progress. Since 2005, MGE has decreased its air emissions, invested in cleaner generation sources and engaged our customers to develop Energy 2030—our ambitious framework to guide our energy future. Through partnerships and working with customers, we plan to continue our renewable energy and carbon reduction progress.
MGE's 2016 Environmental and Sustainability Report [1.2 MB PDF] details our past progress. For example, MGE:
- Decreased regulated air emission rates from 2005 through 2015:
- Sulfur dioxide: 97%
- Nitrogen oxide: 58%
- Particulate matter: 93%
- Mercury: 93%
- Decreased carbon dioxide emissions 20% from 2005 through 2015, despite a growing population in our service area.
- Earned the Green Master designation from the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. This program, which evaluates sustainability actions in nine key areas, recognizes the top 20% as Green Masters.
MGE's Energy 2030 framework builds on our progress for the future. Under Energy 2030, we aim to:
- Increase our renewable energy. By 2030, renewable energy will provide 30% of our retail electric sales. For example, MGE is constructing its new Shared Solar project in Middleton.
- Decrease carbon emissions. We will work with customers to reduce carbon emissions another 20% by 2030—for a total of 40% from 2005 levels. For example, we have reached an agreement with another Wisconsin utility to reduce our ownership share in the coal-fired Columbia Energy Center as part of our pledged transition away from coal.
- Continued customer engagement. Just as customer input helped inform our Energy 2030 framework, we will continue to partner and work with customers. Visit energy2030together.com for more information.