Beth Esser: MGE could lead in cutting transportation emissions

Beth Esser: MGE could lead in cutting transportation emissions

I was raised on coal. My dad worked at a coal power plant for 28 years. This physically demanding job was not easy, but it was a good union job and it helped provide my parents the ability to raise four daughters. That same coal plant was closed in 2015 by Alliant Energy. It hurt my small, rural Wisconsin hometown to lose those family supporting jobs.

Given my family’s ties to coal, one might be surprised to know that I am now an MGE shareholder who is urging MGE to be a national leader in clean energy and transportation and commit to becoming 100 percent coal-free.

Fossil fuels have provided many benefits to our world, but the era of fossil fuels must end. Climate change cannot be denied. To change an entire world that has been raised on coal, we will need everyone — including our utility companies.

Read the full opinion piece here from The Cap Times, May 8, 2017