MGE: Carbon-free electricity by 2050

“Net-zero carbon electricity.” That’s the targeted goal Madison Gas & Electric CEO Jeff Keebler committed to at the utility company’s annual shareholder’s meeting. The plan will rely on eliminating or offsetting all emissions it sells, and working in concert with its utility customers, as well.

According to a company release, MGE has reduced carbon dioxide emissions 23 percent since 2005 and had been working on a plan to reduce carbon at least 80 percent by 2050 from 2005 levels.

Keebler acknowledges that some of the technologies required aren’t even available yet, and therefore costs are unknown. MGE will work with UW–Madison scientists to evaluate if its goal is in alignment with an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) analysis.