MGE Helps Boost Sustainability Efforts

MGE Energy's regulated utility, Madison Gas and Electric (MGE), is committed to working with business customers to explore new, more energy efficient, sustainable technologies, such as electric forklifts.

MGE worked with Webcrafters Inc., a longtime Madison printing company, to install a charger for its electric forklifts. Plug-in forklifts replace propane-powered forklifts, offering fuel savings, greater efficiency and safety, lower emissions and maintenance costs.

Switching to a number of battery-powered lift trucks boosts Webcrafters' sustainability program and reduces the company's environmental impact. Webcrafters' purchasing manager Chuck Schepp says the electric forklifts also are cleaner, quieter and cooler to operate.

The Electric Power Research Institute, a nonprofit electric industry research organization, estimates more than 61% of lift trucks are battery-powered.

"One of the benefits of electric lift trucks is electricity is lower in cost and it's stable, so you don't see the fluctuations that you see with propane," said Debbie Branson, MGE New Market Manager. "What we're trying to do with Webcrafters is to learn from their experience with electric forklifts and what we learn, we can share with our other customers."

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