Wisconsin Governor Announces Bioenergy Grants

December 13, 2005

Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle announced on December 12 the availability of the state's first grants aimed at developing a bioenergy economy. Proposals are due March 1 to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture for grants of up to $150,000 under the newly announced Bio-Based Industry Opportunity Program. Wisconsin will distribute up to $1 million under this round of grants.

"I want Wisconsin to be a leader in the emerging bio-economy," said Doyle. "Anything that can be made from petroleum can be made from plant and animal resources." The governor said examples include production of fibers and new systems that transform wastes or industry residues into energy production or new products. For details, see the governor's December 12 press release.