The Power of Partnerships
Based on all the input we've received throughout our extensive community engagement process, MGE believes that it will take working together in many different partnerships with many different partners to advance Energy 2030 and make it successful. With more than 146,000 customers and thousands of nonprofit and community organizations, neighborhood associations, small and large businesses, local units of government, educators and advocacy groups, we have many opportunities and many collaborators and partners.
With our Shared Solar program, we are partnering with the City of Middleton and our customers to test a new solar option. Customers who subscribed receive energy from a 500-kilowatt solar array in Middleton. See the story, Shared Solar Pioneers, for more information.
"Balance" is an initiative that promotes sustainability in communities of color. In partnership with many community-based organizations, for example, Centro Hispano, Urban League of Greater Madison, African American Council of Churches, Center for Resilient Cities, The Capital City Hues, we are providing tools to families to create best practice sustainability efforts in their households around energy and the environment. Learn more about Balance by checking out the story, What Energy Means to Me.
MPower Business Champions
MGE is partnering with Sustain Dane, the City of Madison and others in the MPower Business Champions' program, a nationally recognized model for hands-on collaboration surrounding carbon reduction and sustainability in businesses. To learn more about the MPower Business Champions' program, visit Sustain Dane's website.
We will pursue a broad, diverse and inclusive approach to community engagement that advances numerous partnerships throughout the community.
As we work together to advance Energy 2030, we will use partnerships to:
- Collaborate on shared interests and goals.
- Design and deliver innovative programs and services.
- Educate, communicate and share information.
- Address and solve technical energy issues.
- Improve our community and build community assets.
We will work to 'meet customers where they are.'
Across all of our partnerships, we will work to "meet customers where they are" as we listen, engage, seek guidance and solicit input. We will use what we learn to help inform our ongoing planning and implementation as we move forward to build a community energy company for the future.
Below is a glimpse of some additional partnerships in which we are currently engaged. Stay tuned for other features.
Electric Vehicle Special Offer
We are partnering with Wisconsin Clean Cities and local car dealers to offer a substantial, limited-time discount on the 2016 Nissan LEAF® electric vehicle. Check out the story, EV Partnerships Benefit Customers, to see how we're partnering.
Technical Work Group
We are partnering with the Citizens Utility Board and Clean Wisconsin, both experts on the energy industry, to explore innovative new rate design and pilot program ideas.
Yahara WINs (Watershed Improvement Network)
The Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District, Dane County, MGE, municipalities and others partner to reduce algae-forming phosphorus in the Yahara watershed. The four-year pilot program includes research, planning and testing to identify effective strategies and to develop an adaptive management plan.
Joining Forces for Families (JFF)
JFF, a community-based program, and MGE partner to facilitate access for Dane County families to resources that help them manage their energy use.
Dane County Parent Council
MGE partners with this local nonprofit to provide energy efficiency and conservation workshops to families who are served through the council's programming.
More than 30 sites throughout our community serve as hosts for MGE's technology demonstration projects. MGE partners with these host sites, such as the Lussier Community Education Center and the Central Library, to demonstrate renewable technologies and energy-efficient technologies. We test the projects' performance to study the technology's potential role in meeting our community's future energy needs.
Solar Garden at Badger Rock Middle School
MGE partners with Badger Rock Middle School, a charter school emphasizing sustainability and urban agriculture, and the Center for Resilient Cities, to host two different solar technologies on the school's rooftop, enabling students to study and to compare the technologies' energy production using real time and historical data.
MGE partners with business customers to bring free energy efficiency programming to their employees while at work.
WI K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP)
MGE partners with local teachers to improve and increase energy efficiency literacy in schools as a way to leverage and expand energy-saving behaviors at home and at school. The KEEP program is designed to help teachers educate students in basic energy concepts, renewable energy, technical education, and energy conservation. Learn more about the program by visiting the KEEP website.