Madison, Wis.-based Madison Gas and Electric's (MGE) Green Power Tomorrow Program has the second-highest participation rate of all investor-owned utilities, according to an annual assessment by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewal Energy Laboratory (NREL).
MGE's program also is ranked sixth of all utilities in green power sales as a percentage of total retail electricity sold. This ranks MGE in the top 10 of 850 utilities included in the 2008 assessment.
‘With strong customer support, we have been able to achieve this leadership position in renewable energy,’ says Gary Wolter, MGE chairman, president and CEO.
The company increased wind power capacity by more than 12 times in 2008 as four new wind farms in Wisconsin and Iowa began production. MGE has more than 12,000 residential customers who have chosen to buy enough green power to offset all or a portion of the carbon dioxide emissions from their electricity use.
MGE generates and distributes electricity to 137,000 customers in Dane County, Wis., and purchases and distributes natural gas to 141,000 customers in seven south-central and western Wisconsin counties. MGE's parent company is MGE Energy.
SOURCE: MGE Energy Inc.