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Madison’s Charter Street coal plant converting to biofuels

Categories: Bio Fuels,bio power

The WBIA is pleased with Madison’s Charter Street coal plant’s upcoming conversion. The plant, which powers the heating and cooling for the entire UW-Madison campus, plans to convert from coal to natural gas and biofuels.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported the details of the transition last Friday. After facing pressure from groups such as the Sierra Club, who sued UW-Madison for violating the Clean Air Act, the plant’s conversion is a step toward producing more environmentally friendly energy. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, John Harrod Jr., director of the plant, even expects the biofuel method to save money in the long run.

This appears to be a win-win situation because Wisconsin is gaining a clean-burning biofuel plant, while at the same time losing a heavy-polluting coal plant. The development of this new plant is an important step for the bio industry. It is a prime example of Wisconsin taking a lead role in renewable energy advancement. We absolutely support the decision in Madison to move away from our dependence on coal and other fossil fuels for power.

The longtime coal plant plans to be burning biofuels by December 2013. We are confident that these efforts in Madison will encourage more development of biopower throughout the state of Wisconsin and the rest of the country.

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