What do you want Madison’s energy future to be? Do you want one with reduced energy use, where we rely on infinite sources of distributed renewable energy such as wind and solar, and we bring our CO2 down to sustainable levels, or do you want one tied to centralized power plants, a continued reliance on coal and other fossil fuels, and 450 or 500 or more ppm of CO2? The latter option is what we’re being given by MGE with their rate case proposal before the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC). You may ask, is this for real? Our own green community energy company putting clean energy in reverse! Unfortunately, it is, and MGE is not alone. Two other utilities in Wisconsin, WE Energies and Wisconsin Public Service, also have regressive rate cases before the Public Service Commission that would significantly increase the fee you pay for being connected to the grid before you use any electricity. These proposals would also negatively impact energy efficiency and solar installations and increase energy and fossil fuel use.
Download a short new paper, Madison Gas & Electric – Moving our Energy Future Backwards – September 2014