DOE Announces $5M Biomass Research Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced a new $5 million funding opportunity for research focused on sustainable production of large quantities of non-food biomass for bioenergy.  Biomass will play a significant role in our country’s renewable fuels portfolio, and can have a huge impact on Wisconsin’s economy.  Wisconsin doesn’t have coal, oil or natural gas reserves. We do have biomass, however, in the form of paper waste and woodchips.  Encouraging this industry in our state can create jobs and pump millions of dollars into Wisconsin’s economy.

For more information about the grant, visit the Grants.gov website.

To learn more about biomass, you can download fact sheets from our Bio Power page.

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Bio Industry Basics #1: Proposed Biomass Plant Better for Environment and Economy

We Energies has proposed building a new biomass power plant in Rothschild, WI as a clean alternative to coal.  Burning low-quality and unusable wood and paper waste from the nearby Domtar paper mill, the plant would provide a boost to Wisconsin’s economy and its environment.  Here are a few facts:

  • Burning wood waste is nearly carbon neutral because the carbon dioxide generated is about equal to the amount a tree consumes during its life, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
  • The $250 million facility would create 150 permanent jobs and 400 temporary jobs during construction, and help make the Domtar mill more efficient.

“Bio Industry Basics” is a series of weekly facts from the Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance highlighting the positive benefits of bio fuel, bio power, and bio products production and use in Wisconsin.

Bio Industry Basic 1 Radio Actuality

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