UW-Madison Releases Analysis of MGE's Net-Zero Carbon Goal

Report finds MGE’s goal is in line with or more aggressive than benchmarks for climate solutions.


This month, the University of Wisconsin-Madison released its analysis of Madison Gas and Electric's (MGE) goal of net-zero carbon electricity by 2050. Dr. Tracey Holloway in the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences conducted the independent analysis.

Dr. Holloway used climate modeling available through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to evaluate MGE's net-zero carbon by 2050 goal in the context of the IPCC's October 2018 Special Report to limit global warming to 1.5° Celsius. The report compared the company's goal to the modeled pathways for the electricity sector in industrialized nations to limit global warming to 1.5° Celsius. Relative to publicly available model results for carbon reductions through 2050, the analysis found MGE’s goal is in line with or more aggressive than these model benchmarks for climate solutions.

Watch Dr. Holloway and MGE President, Chairman and CEO Jeff Keebler discuss the report, Interpreting Global Energy Scenarios for Emissions Planning at the Utility Scale, which is available at minds.wisconsin.edu and at mge.com/netzeroreport.

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published: Nov-18-2020