Madison Gas and Electric Company Smart Grid Project

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Madison Gas and Electric Company, located in Madison, Wisconsin, will receive $5.5 million in funding to develop a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy selected Madison Gas and Electric as one of 100 companies to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

The Madison Gas and Electric Company’s (MGE) Customer Driven Design of Smart Grid Capabilities project involves the installation of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), deployment of a new distribution management system, and installation of electric vehicle charging stations. These activities help improve efficiency, reliability, and service for MGE customers. Within MGE’s service territory, all medium to large-size commercial and industrial customers, and randomly selected residential and small business customers, are receiving advanced meters. A cellular communications system remotely relays customer energy use data to MGE, where upgraded software uses this data for billing and other operational needs. MGE is installing a new distribution management software platform, which improves analysis capabilities and overall system reliability. Under a pilot project, MGE is also installing electric vehicle charging stations and 25 home charging tracking points to study the impact of electric vehicle use on the grid and home-based energy demand.[3]


  • 4,500 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communication Systems
  • Meter Communications Network
  • Distribution Management Systems
  • 16 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Targeted Benefits

  • Improved Electric Service Reliability
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs


  1. ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grants
  2. 2.0 2.1 Madison Gas and Electric Award
  3. Project Information Page