Wisconsin Pledges $1M to Renewable Energy, Fuels & Products

Governor Jim Doyle launched the state’s first-ever grant program to help develop Wisconsin’s bio-based economy. In his 2005 state budget, he committed $1 million to help businesses and individuals develop ways to use plant and animal resources for renewable energy, fuels, or products.

The grant program seeks to use the state’s abundant biomass from agricultural and forestry industries and turn them into renewable energy, fuels, and products. This announcement calls for project proposals for the new grant program. “Ingenuity is Wisconsin’s greatest resource,” Governor Doyle said. “These highly competitive grants are an investment in the future.” “I want Wisconsin to be a leader in the emerging bio-economy. We’re going to continue promoting economic growth and energy security in both rural and urban areas of Wisconsin by using bio-based products and bioenergy in environmentally sound ways,” Governor Doyle said. “Anything that can be made from petroleum can be made from plant and animal resources.” Governor Doyle invited individuals, groups, businesses and organizations working on the development of bio-based industries in Wisconsin to submit proposals for the Bio-based Industry Opportunity (BIO) grant program. In 2005 the BIO grant program has $700,000 to award to projects with the maximum grant award not to exceed $150,000. Grant applicants must provide at least 50 percent of eligible project expenses. Examples of projects include the development of new ways to generate usable forms of energy or fuels; new bio-based products, including new fibers and other bio-based materials; new technologies that enhance commercial viability of bio-based business; and new systems that transform waste streams into energy or bio-based products. Proposals must be received in the Division of Agricultural Development on March 1, 2006, by 5:00 p.m. The 2005 proposal guidelines are available at the link below, keyword “BIO grants.”
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