Madison Gas and Electric‘s (MGE) newest wind farm is fully operational and delivering renewable energy to the grid. MGE partnered with Wisconsin Public Service (WPS), a subsidiary of WEC Energy Group, on the 92-MW Red Barn Wind Farm. MGE owns 9.1 MW of the wind farm in the Grant County towns of Clifton and Wingville.
“This is an exciting time for MGE as the Red Barn Wind Farm begins to generate cost-effective, carbon-free electricity to benefit all our electric customers,” said Jeff Keebler, MGE chairman, president and CEO. “Red Barn is another important step in our ongoing transition to a more sustainable energy future. We are working aggressively to reduce our carbon emissions at least 80% from 2005 levels by the end of this decade and achieve net-zero carbon electricity by 2050. We have said since announcing our net-zero goal, if we can go further faster through partnerships with our customers and the evolution of new technologies, we will—and we are.”
Located on about 10,000 acres, the 92-MW wind farm has 28 turbines. Red Barn is expected to generate enough energy to serve about 50,000 households annually. MGE’s share is expected to serve about 5,000 households each year.
MGE has a goal to reduce carbon emissions at least 80% by 2030. Since 2015, MGE has announced several new utility-scale wind and solar projects, which are expected to increase MGE’s owned renewable capacity by more than nine times when completed.
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