June 2010 Vol. 237 No. 6

Features

Wisconsin Utility Tackles Major Gas Construction Project

It is not unusual for a utility to face obstacles during a major improvement project. But, when construction bids come in higher than expected, it brings an interesting challenge to the table. This was the scenario in Madison, WI last year. The local combination utility, Madison Gas & Electric Co. (MGE), was planning a large-scale natural gas project spanning 4.2 miles through three communities. State regulators approved the work and a general timeline was set. However, high estimates from contractors put the $3.1 million budget at risk. After in-depth review and thorough analysis, MGE decided to use its own employees to get the work done. This seemingly unconventional app

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