Dear Editor: I just finished reading the commentary entitled “MGE could lead in cutting transportation emissions.” Like the author, I am a longtime investor in Madison Gas and Electric. Up until a few years ago I was certain that MGE was a leader in being a “green” utility company.

After the MGE rate change of a few years ago, when the company changed the rate structure to discourage making my home more energy efficient, I decided to check and see if the company really is a green energy leader. What I discovered is that our utility has a much higher percentage of fossil fuel (coal and gas) use than most energy providers in Wisconsin and nearby states. That is why I joined the Shareholders for Clean Energy group.

As a shareholder and customer I would like to encourage MGE to become a green energy leader. Supporting and implementing the shareholder resolution described in Beth Esser’s opinion article, that puts MGE in a leadership role in electrifying our transportation sector with solar and wind generation, would be an excellent place for MGE to start acting like a true, green energy leader.

Jon Standridge

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