$225,000 Grant for Renewable Energy Use in Wisconsin

Governor Jim Doyle launched the Promoting Our Wisconsin Energy Resources (POWER) Initiative with a $225,000 grant program to help businesses, local governments, and even homeowners use renewable energy.

The POWER Initiative will include a number of new programs to help Wisconsin businesses, local governments, and homeowners take advantage of renewable energy technologies. The grant is to be split evenly between the renewable energy sources of wind, hydro and biomass. Governor Doyle said $75,000 for wind energy will be targeted at developing a wind GIS map of Wisconsin to identify where wind power is feasible, reaching out to rural electric cooperatives and consumers, and certifying small wind turbines for residential use. Another $75,000 for biomass will be targeted at developing markets for biomass products. The third $75,000 in grants will focus on ten small hydro dam feasibility studies for efficient electricity generation. “I want Wisconsin to lead the nation in clean energy production, growing an innovative new industry here that will not only help our country kick the oil addiction, but also create thousands of jobs for our citizens,” Governor Doyle said. “The rising cost of energy is affecting everyone in Wisconsin — and it is squeezing a lot of hardworking Wisconsin families. By promoting the use of renewable fuels we will reduce our energy costs, keep more of our energy dollars right here in Wisconsin, and grow our economy.” Governor Doyle made the announcement at Granite Valley Forest Products in Marathon City, a company that with the help of Wisconsin Focus on Energy, the Center for Technology Transfer, and a $42,000 state grant, installed a state-of-the-art wood-fired boiler to generate power, reducing its natural gas purchases by an estimated $220,000 a year.
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