Wisconsin Establishes Clean Energy Consortium
Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle announced on May 4 the creation of the Clean Energy Generation, Transmission and Storage Systems consortium that combines the expertise of state industry and government partners with the research and development capabilities of both public and private academic institutions in the state. The goal is to build research and development capacity for clean energy technologies, and to provide a means to train workers in that emerging energy sector.
The consortium will be funded by a combination of federal, state, regional, local, and private industry sources. The Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence will provide $300,000 in seed capital for the first two years of operation, and the project is expected to leverage $37 million in combined sponsored research over a 10-year period.
Doyle said the consortium will build upon the network of energy research expertise from academic institutions and industry located along the corridor between Madison and Milwaukee, Wis.
The Center for Renewable Energy Systems in Madison and the Southeastern Wisconsin Energy Technology Research consortium in Milwaukee will join together as a focused single statewide power and energy organization. This consortium will provide continuous research and development in a wide range of technologies, including: energy efficiency, wind turbines and power conversion, photovoltaic and concentrated solar, fuel cells, biofuels, Smart Grid systems, power electronics, and energy storage.
The Center for Renewable Energy Systems will be one of the first tenants in the new Wisconsin Energy Institute, a $50 million building project initiated by Governor Doyle to house the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. The university will begin construction of facilities to house the institute in June 2010. For details, read the governor's press release.