New CEO Jeff Keebler Says MGE Will Work Toward Adding Renewables

New CEO Jeff Keebler Says MGE Will Work Toward Adding Renewables

MGE CEO: “No need” and “No plans” to increase fixed fees. Let’s hold him to that!

“Two weeks into his new role as CEO and president of the utility company that serves most of the Madison area, Keebler said he plans to continue MGE’s efforts to increase renewable energy and decrease carbon emissions.

But he is not ready to commit to a goal of 100 percent renewable power — a proposal endorsed this week by the Madison Board of Estimates and up for a City Council vote next week.

Asked if eliminating coal entirely is realistic, Keebler was noncommittal.

‘As part of our framework, we have said that we will not build additional coal plants and we will plan for a transition away from aging fossil fuel-fired resources,’ he said. ‘The energy world is evolving rapidly. New technologies offer new opportunities to be more sustainable.’

Keebler also said he does not intend to raise fixed electric rates beyond their current levels.

‘We did not change the residential fixed charge in our most recent rate case and, sitting here today, we see no need to increase it and we have no plans to do so,’ he said.”

Read the full article from the Wisconsin State Journal here