Learn About Protecting the Planet
Celebrate Earth Day at Henry Vilas Zoo with free fun books from MGE.
Earth Day is a day dedicated to celebrating our environment and working together to protect it.
MGE is partnering again with Henry Vilas Zoo to share information about how we all can work together around energy to reduce our environmental impact. Stop by Henry Vilas Zoo on April 27, 2019, between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. to learn how you can be more energy wise!
MGE will have energy experts at the zoo to answer your questions and to share information. If we all reduce our energy use by using energy wisely, we can reduce our community’s environmental impact. Energy efficiency is a key strategy for reducing the effects of climate change, and our individual efforts can make a difference.
Take home a free Earth Day Every Day Fun Book
Our free Earth Day Every Day fun books will be available for kids. The books include a feature on Henry Vilas Zoo, which has worked to reduce its energy use and invest in sustainable practices such as solar, recycling and composting. And for adults, we'll be answering energy-related questions and sharing information about electric vehicles and our new Shared Solar program.
Join us in reaching shared energy goals
Helping customers become more energy efficient is a key objective in our Energy 2030 framework. Energy 2030 is MGE's framework for the future—a future with greater use of renewable resources, such as wind and solar, and further reduced carbon dioxide emissions. We're targeting at least a 40% reduction from 2005 levels in carbon emissions by 2030 and at least 80% by 2050. If we can go further faster by working together with our customers, we will!
We've already taken steps toward our Energy 2030 goals.
In February, our new wind farm near Saratoga, Iowa, came online. At 66-megawatts (MW), Saratoga is our largest wind farm, delivering enough renewable energy to our grid to power about 47,000 households.
We're also adding 100 MW of Wisconsin-based solar energy with two new projects. Construction is expected to begin this year.
And, in March, we announced an expansion of our Shared Solar program, with a 5-MW solar array to be built at Middleton's Morey Field. If approved by state regulators, the expansion opens the optional program, which is currently fully subscribed, to more residential customers and—for the first time—to small- and mid-sized business customers seeking locally generated solar power. Interested customers can join our waiting list and be the first to learn details about how to enroll.