Transforming our grid
MGE is working to transform our community grid for the benefit of all customers by investing in clean energy and harnessing the power of new technologies.
As your community energy company, MGE serves as the “conductor” of an increasingly clean, dynamic and more integrated electric grid to benefit all customers.
Whether we are at home, work or school, safe and reliable electricity is an essential part of our daily lives. Behind the light switch, MGE is working to transform our community grid for the benefit of all customers by investing in clean energy projects, offering innovative customer programs and harnessing the power of new technologies to build a smarter grid for the future.
MGE partners with customers in managing the grid as a shared resource. Smart thermostats and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, for example, interact with our community grid. MGE, as your community energy company, serves as the “conductor” of this increasingly clean, dynamic and more integrated grid, managing the flow of energy and working to ensure the system operates efficiently in its service to all customers. Here are a few ways MGE is transforming our grid to bring greater value to all customers today and into the future.
Historically, power has flowed one direction on the grid, from power plants to customers. Today’s grid features many power sources as MGE’s use of renewable energy continues to grow. MGE balances this evolving grid to ensure its safety, reliability and efficiency.
By decarbonizing our energy supply, we expect to achieve carbon reductions of at least 65% by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. We’ve said since introducing our carbon reduction goals, if we can go further faster by working with our customers, we will.
MGE’s grid of the future also is fueling more sustainable transportation. Transportation accounts for almost 30% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. More EVs on the road means fewer tailpipe emissions. MGE’s public charging network and Charge@Home program help advance cleaner transportation in our community.
Using energy wisely is one way we all can help to advance a cleaner future. MGE works with customers in a variety of ways to manage their demand for electricity, including through the use of smart technologies. For example, through MGE Connect®, we’re able to manage residential customers’ smart thermostats on the hottest days of the year to reduce peak demand. This helps MGE to manage grid resources, which helps to manage long-term costs for all customers.