Learn About Energy 2030 at the Zoo

Celebrate Earth Day with free fun books from MGE at Henry Vilas Zoo.

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 can all work together around energy to reduce our environmental impact. Stop by Henry Vilas Zoo on Earth Day, April 22, 2017, between 10 a.m. and to 2 p.m. to learn how you can be more energy wise! Look for MGE's solar trailer.

Solar trailer

MGE's Mayra Medrano and Ryan Minor will be there to answer your questions and share information about how we're working to provide a more sustainable energy future under our Energy 2030 framework.

"We'll have our free Earth Day Every Day fun books 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," Medrano said. "And for adults, we'll be answering questions and sharing information about Focus on Energy incentive offers for saving energy, such as free LED lightbulbs and a smart thermostat discount."

Mayra Medrano
Helping customers become more energy efficient is a key objective in our Energy 2030 framework.
- Mayra Medrano, Business Community Service Manager at MGE

Join us in advancing Energy 2030

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 a 40% reduction from 2005 levels in carbon emissions by 2030. Our carbon targets are consistent with those in the Paris Climate Accord for the 2030 time frame. Our renewable energy goal is 30% renewables by 2030 with an interim goal of 25% by 2025.

We've already taken steps toward our Energy 2030 goals.

In February 2017, we filed with state regulators our intent to seek approval to build a 66-megawatt wind farm near Saratoga, Iowa. The project would be MGE's largest wind farm to date. If approved, it could start delivering clean energy by the end of 2018.

In January 2017, our Shared Solar pilot project became operational. The 500-kilowatt project in partnership with the City of Middleton offers residential customers the opportunity to purchase locally generated solar energy.

See the video, Middleton Welcomes Shared Solar. MGE thanks our customers who subscribed to support the program. The program is sold out, but we're developing a waiting list of customers to better understand their interest in possible additional projects.

Municipal Operations Center in Middleton

More than 1,700 solar panels sit on top of the Municipal Operations Center in Middleton.

Make Earth Day every day. Be energy efficient.

MGE customers can help advance Energy 2030 and protect the environment by using energy wisely. If all try to use energy efficiently or conserve energy, we can make a bigger impact—together.

Electricity use peaks in the summer time, but we can reduce our use!

Using energy efficiently could include, for example:

For more energy-saving tips, visit mge.com/saving-energy.

Peregrine falcons

Peregrine falcons nest atop historic Blount Generating Station, which is a natural gas-fired facility.

We look forward to working with our customers to create a more sustainable energy future. We worked with our customers to advance our previous framework, Energy 2015, under which we reduced carbon emissions by 20% and increased energy from renewable resources by almost 12 times. We also converted our Blount Generating Station from coal to natural gas.

We have new goals under Energy 2030. Let's work together to make them reality, and if we can go further faster, we will!

Stay informed by visiting energy2030together.com for new features.

published: 04-03-2017