MGE to hold Community Energy Workshop Tonight

MGE to hold Community Energy Workshop Tonight

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