Wisconsin Governor Outlines Biofuels Initiative

January 14, 2005

Governor Jim Doyle announced on January 14 details of his administration's Biofuels Initiative. The goal is to decrease Wisconsin's dependence on foreign oil and provide a new market for products produced through the state's agriculture industry. "When it comes to our energy future," he said, "Let's rely on the Midwest, not the Mideast."

The budget will provide $2 million in grants for farmers and producers who use products produced by their land or animals for energy. This will help develop alternative energy sources, promote conservation, and create a new market for farmers.

In his State of the State address, Governor Doyle set the goal that by 2010, at least 20% of the energy state government uses will come from renewable sources; by 2015, the state will set a standard for homes and businesses of 10%.

For more information, see the Office of the Governor's January 14 press release.