Clean Energy Up Close

Every year, students learn about sustainable energy at MGE's wind farm in Kewaunee County.

In mid-May, dozens of sixth graders visited MGE's Rosiere Wind Farm in Kewaunee County. Since the wind farm was built in 1999, Jim Jenson, MGE's community education manager, has given tours of the nearly 300-foot turbines to explain how they deliver clean energy. Throughout the years, nearly 5,000 Kewaunee County students have visited the farm. Rosiere was the largest wind farm east of the Mississippi River when it was built.

This year, Jenson drew comparisons to MGE's proposed wind farm in Saratoga, Iowa. If approved, Saratoga's 33 turbines would stretch nearly 500 feet high. Wind technology has improved since Rosiere was built nearly 20 years ago, allowing for taller and more efficient turbines to provide more energy at a lower cost.

Under our Energy 2030 framework, MGE has set the goal of supplying 25% renewable energy by 2025 and 30% by 2030. We're working toward a more sustainable energy future for generations to come.

Head inside of Rosiere's towers with the students, and hear what they think about wind energy.

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published: Jun-13-2017