RePower Madison In the News – A Recap

RePower Madison In the News – A Recap

We compiled a list of the RePower Madison campaign in the news. It totals 54 pieces of earned media over 7 months. Not too shabby!  Let’s keep the momentum going, Donate Today!


RePower Madison’s Campaign in the News

August 1, 2016 – March 1, 2017

Sustainable Madison subcommittee re-evaluates energy plan goals

Madison Commons-Aug 14, 2016

Mitch Brey, the program manager for RePower Madison, said he hopes that the public will be more involved in the discussion of the energy plan.

 

Madison creates subcommittee to address clean energy concerns

UW Badger Herald-Sep 12, 2016

Continuing their efforts to move toward cleaner energy, the city of Madison … however, such as Mitch Brey, campaign organizer for RePower Madison, said the …

 

RPM on the Devils Advocates Radio Show

Darnwi.com-Sept 15, 2016

Interview with Mitch Brey on MGE and Alliant Energy rate proposals.

 

New mapping tool showcases clean energy policies and projects

Midwest Energy News-Sep 16, 2016

For example, Wisconsin has back-pedaled on renewable energy, but organizations such as RePower Madison and Renew Wisconsin are advocating, with …

 

In Madison, a fight over community comments on utility fixed charges

Midwest Energy News-Sep 20, 2016

Critics, including the community group RePower Madison, say that calling Korda’s request “a waste of time” is a slap in the face to residents who participated in …

 

State may spend Focus on Energy fees on broadband

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel-Oct 18, 2016

“We do not support using Focus on Energy funding for purposes other than energy efficiency and renewable energy,” the clean energy group RePower Madison …

 

Wisconsin Considers Spending Energy Fees on Broadband Expansion

Govtech.com-Oct 19, 2016

“We do not support using Focus on Energy funding for purposes other than energy efficiency and renewable energy,” the clean energy group RePower Madison

 

MGE’s CEO Gary Wolter to retire in March

Madison.com-Oct 19, 2016

RePower Madison, the citizen group formed in 2014 to fight the proposed rate increase, said it welcomes the prospect of a new leader for the utility company.

 

Longtime MG&E chief Gary Wolter stepping down

Madison.com-Oct 19, 2016

Madison Gas & Electric announced Wednesday that longtime president and CEO … although the clean energy group RePower says that MGE still generates 70 …

 

RPM on WORT Insurgent Radio Kiosk

Wortfm.org-Oct 26, 2016

Two-minute segment that played four times on air. (No link available)

 

RePower Madison Challenges Old Electric Monopoly Model

Institute for Local Self-Reliance-Oct 28, 2016

RePower Madison, a local nonprofit whose mission is to give citizens more flex in the energy economy, led the fight. While state-level efforts failed in …

 

Efficiency money for broadband? Questions remain after Wisconsin …

Midwest Energy News-Oct 31, 2016

“We’re just really not sure how they get from broadband internet to energy efficiency,” said Mitch Brey, campaign coordinator of RePower Madison. “I worry …

 

In Illinois, rural co-ops see energy advantage with broadband

Midwest Energy News-Nov 4, 2016

“We’re just really not sure how they get from broadband internet to energy efficiency,” said Mitch Brey, campaign coordinator of RePower Madison, told Midwest …

 

Citizen groups praise PSC action to cut MGE return on equity

Madison.com-Nov 11, 2016

But Mitch Brey, campaign director for RePower Madison, said he is disappointed that commercial and industrial customers will see the benefits rather than …

 

More broadband money is on the way for rural Wisconsin

Madison.com-Dec 1, 2016

Funding for rural broadband would be beefed up with a proposal the state Legislature will be asked to approve, and a plan authorized Thursday by the state …

 

Advocates’ fears realized as Wisconsin directs energy dollars to …

Midwest Energy News-Dec 9, 2016

But commissioners decided last week to do just that, as advocates including Clean Wisconsin and RePower Madison see it. A final written order still needs to be …

 

State Energy Fund Diverted to Other Uses

urbanmilwaukee-Dec 9, 2016

But commissioners decided last week to do just that, as advocates including Clean Wisconsin and RePower Madison see it. A final written order still needs to be …

 

Troubles in Wisconsin for Energy Efficiency, Renewables

Energy Manager Today-Dec 9, 2016

Clean Wisconsin and RePower Madison claim that the funds to do this are being taken from the Focus on Energy program …

 

Madison should take climate seriously — Catherine Erhard Olson

Madison.com-Dec 10, 2016

Organizations such as RePower Madison, 350 Madison and the Sierra Club need Madison residents to help build a renewable energy movement.

 

Catherine Erhard Olson: Push Madison to get to 100% renewable energy

Madison.com-Dec 10, 2016

We the people of Madison can support the transition toward 100 percent renewable energy by joining organizations such as RePower Madison, 350 …

 

MGE gets final approval to raise home electric rates in 2017

Madison.com-Dec 16, 2016

Natural gas rates will go up 1.9 percent for customers of the Madison utility … Mitch Brey, of the citizens group RePower Madison, was dismayed with the rate …

 

Madison committee to vote on proposal for 100 percent renewable …

Madison.com-Dec 17, 2016

The Sustainable Madison Committee will vote Monday on proposals to adopt … and city investments,” said Mitch Brey, campaign director for RePower Madison.

 

New “report card” asserts MGE isn’t making the grade

Isthmus-Dec 19, 2016

Madison Gas & Electric scores poorly on a new “energy report card” released by local utility watchdog RePower Madison. The nonprofit gives an overall grade of …

 

RPM on WORT Nightly News

Wortfm.org-Dec 19, 2016

Segment on RPM’s Energy Report Card during nightly news program, In Our Backyard. (No link available)

 

Sustainability committee to set renewable energy, net-zero carbon …

Madison.com-Dec 19, 2016

Madison’s 2017 capital budget already includes $750,000 for sustainability … Brey, campaign director for RePower Madison, a citizen group focused on energy …

 

Madison Sustainability Plan passes commission

WMTV-Dec 19, 2016

For two hours, members of the Sustainable Madison Committee sat in front of a … some with groups like RePower Madison, the Sierra Club and Beyond Coal.

 

Madison sustainability committee recommends funding to develop energy plan for city buildings

Madison.com-Dec 20, 2017

“It’s a step towards a sustainable future that I think everyone knows we need to move toward,” Wood said. “I feel the city needs to be a leader in that regard.”

 

RPM on the Mitch Henck Show

Madisontalkers.com-Dec 22, 2016

Mitch Brey of Repower Madison on The amount of Coal relied on by MG&E is about 68%.

 

Mitch Brey: Held back by regulators, MGE earns D+ on report card

Madison.com-Jan 4, 2017

To help restore some of the checks and balances that once existed, RePower Madison has been keeping watch on our local monopoly, Madison Gas and …

 

Credibility gap

Isthmus.com-Jan 5, 2017

MGE’s goals for using renewable resources and lowering greenhouse gases fall far short of what its customers have asked for and short of what is needed to reverse climate change.

 

Janice Knapp-Cordes: Most climate-denying scientists funded by oil …

Madison.com-Jan 8, 2017

Janice Knapp-Cordes: Most climate-denying scientists funded by oil … the DNR website to convey their opinion that climate change and its …

 

Don Wichert: MGE shareholders should help promote clean energy

Madison.com-Jan 14, 2017

Dear Editor: I’m thankful for the service of RePower Madison in bringing attention to MGE’s below-average clean energy leadership through the recently …

 

Bradley Campbell: Madison can lead by pledging 100% clean energy

Madison.com-Jan 17, 2017

We have two choices: The first is to tell MGE that it is acceptable to continue to charge us high rates, to send that money to buy coal and gas out of state, and …

 

Janice Knapp-Cordes: Step up and push MGE toward clean energy

Madison.com-Jan 25, 2017

Dear Editor: I would like to draw people’s attention to the report card for MGE that was released by RePower Madison in late December.

 

Richard Miller: Yes, city should go to 100% renewables

Madison.com-Feb 8, 2017

The disturbing fact is that Madison’s high-tech economy mostly runs on MG&E’s coal-powered generation facility. …

 

Madison looks to run city operations on 100 percent renewables

Isthmus-Feb 9, 2017

Ahrens says MGE’s reliance on coal limits the company’s ability to participate in the city’s effort to move away from fossil fuels. …

 

Adolf G. Gundersen: Push MGE to follow local governments’ lead on …

Madison.com-Feb 16, 2017

That’s where Madison Gas & Electric comes in — or, rather, has mostly failed to step up. Late last year RePower Madison, a citizen watchdog group, published a …

 

Susan Daugherty: Learn more about renewables at Feb. 20 forum

Madison.com-Feb 16, 2017

If you want to know more about moving to renewables, attend the public forum hosted by RePower Madison, Physicians for Social …

 

Mitch Brey on Sly’s Office Discussing Madison and 100% Clean Energy

Sly’s Office-Feb 18, 2017

Repower Madison’s Mitch Brey joins Sly for a podcast discussion on MGE and the upcoming Madison & Clean Energy: A Local Love Story event on Feb. 20.

 

MGE plans $107 million wind farm in northeast Iowa

Madison.com-Feb 21, 2017

About 100 people attended the session … RePower Madison encouraged residents to send postcards to the utility calling for MGE to commit to 100 percent renewable …

 

MGE plans $107 million wind farm in northeast Iowa

The Courier Life News-Feb 22, 2017

Tuesday’s announcement about the Saratoga project comes on the heels of a meeting held Monday night by RePower Madison, a citizen group formed in 2014 …

 

Madison community members press for greater strides in clean …

Madison Commons-Feb 24, 2017

The “Madison & Clean Energy: A Local Love Story” event offered presentations … RePower Madison, a grassroots movement to make Madison a leader in clean …

 

MGE takes important step in fulfilling renewable energy commitment

Channel3000.com-Feb 27, 2017

With the announcement last week that it will build a large wind farm in northeast Iowa to generate electricity for about 47,000 homes, Madison Gas and …

 

Madison citizens group warms to utility with new wind farm proposal, new CEO

Midwest Energy News-Mar 1, 2017

The night before MGE’s announcement, RePower Madison held a community forum where they called on the new incoming MGE CEO, Jeffrey Keebler, to be a national leader …