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Ten years ago, in January 2006, MGE released its Energy 2015 plan after holding two dozen “community energy conversations” with ratepayers. The Madison utility’s goals included shuttering part of the coal-fired Blount Street power plant Downtown, built in 1903, and converting the rest to natural gas fuel. That was completed in 2010.

Around the U.S., hundreds of communities have explored their energy future in some way, said Eleni Pelican, a policy advisor with the U.S. Department of Energy. Most often, those efforts have been initiated by a local government agency or official, she said, and have resulted in a variety of programs.

“Some are carbon mitigation plans; some are economic development-focused; some are efficiency focused,” Pelican said.

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