Madison, Wis.-based Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) has announced a 10-year agreement with Osceola Wind Power II LLC, a subsidiary of FPL Energy, to purchase 50 MW of wind energy.
‘With strong customer support, MGE increased wind capacity from 11 MW to 137 MW this year alone,’ says Gary J. Wolter, MGE chairman, president and CEO. ‘This exceeds the goal in our Energy 2015 plan, which set out to increase renewable energy up to tenfold.’
The latest power comes from FPL Energy's Endeavor II Wind Energy Center in northwest Iowa, an area with some of the most robust wind resources in the Midwest. The new facility started operation this week.
Renewable energy is expected to account for more than 12% of MGE's total energy supply in 2009, up from 1.6% in 2007. The additional wind energy allows continued expansion of MGE's Green Power Tomorrow program. About 10% of MGE's residential customers participate in the program.
SOURCE: Madison Gas and Electric