The last major gathering in Madison Gas and Electric‘s (MGE) yearlong community involvement project will be held tonight from 5:30-9 p.m. at Monona Terrace. More than 200 people are expected to participate in the Community Energy Workshop, capping what the Madison utility company calls “a multi-step engagement effort that is unprecedented in scope.”
Prompted by a strong public outcry against a proposal, introduced in 2014, for a dramatic change in its rate structure, MGE has been seeking public comment on its future energy strategy through a series of steps designed and coordinated by a Washington, D.C., consultant firm, Justice & Sustainability Associates (JSA).
Even so, the utility’s moves continue to irk RePower Madison, a citizens group formed in the wake of the rate proposal. Although RePower and the Citizens Utility Board confirmed they were invited and will each have a member at the session, RePower spokesman Mitch Brey said it was curious that the utility was choosing participants and not throwing the doors open to all-comers. “This is supposed to be an impartial process,” Brey said.
Read the full story here from the Wisconsin State Journal, April 17, 2016