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Planning for EV Growth

Event focuses on the future of electric transportation.

On a cool March afternoon, I had the opportunity to see representatives from the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG) and the Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change talk about one of my favorite topics – planning for electric vehicle (EV) growth! 
Planning for EV Growth press conference

The event took place near MGE’s DC Fast Charger in downtown Madison – a hop, skip and a jump from my office.

Peter Skopec, state director of WISPIRG, kicked off the event with some interesting statistics.

"Electric cars are hitting the road in record numbers. EV sales nationally increased 38% in 2016 and by another 32% in 2017," said Peter Skopec, state director of WISPIRG.

An EV driver – Eric Sundquist of Madison – brought his all-electric Chevy Bolt to the event, and had great things to say about it.

"It's a great car. The technology of the electric vehicles is already there. It's fun to drive," said Sundquist.

Charging opportunities continue to expand

About 10 years ago, MGE established its public charging network for EVs. If you build it, they will come. The network is powered by 100% renewable energy. Today, you will find 30 charging stations in the Madison area. Expect more to come in 2018.

Public charging is important, as is home charging. MGE offers drivers a quick and convenient way to do that with Charge@Home. Clever name, we know!

Let's not forget renters. MGE also works with multifamily property managers and developers to put charging stations in apartments so residents can drive an EV and charge it at home.

Electrification of transportation is part of building a more sustainable future

My colleague Steve Schultz from MGE’s Corporate Communications Department also shared thoughts on why EVs will continue to be important to our company’s future.

The electrification of transportation is a key strategy for reducing carbon emissions and that's a key goal under our Energy 2030 framework ," said Schultz. "A cleaner future is important to our community, and it's important to MGE as well."

See more from the event in our brief video, and be sure to visit energy2030together.com/evrider regularly to see what's new.

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published: Mar-12-2018

Debbie Branson

Until next time,

Debbie Branson

MGE New Market Manager

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