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From a media release issued by Focus on Energy:
MADISON, Wis. – On Sept. 4, Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s energy efficiency and renewable energy initiative, will host a conference demonstrating how businesses and organizations can take advantage of Wisconsin’s most abundant natural resource – wood. The one-day conference titled “Work Smarter with Wood, Renewable Wood Energy,” will be held at the Best Western Midway Hotel in Green Bay, Wis., and will offer attendees information and tours highlighting how wood can be used to generate bioenergy. In addition, the conference is being presented as a precursor to the 63rd Annual Lake States Logging Congress – the Midwest’s largest forestry tradeshow – presented by the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association September 4 – 6. . . .
Focus on Energy’s conference will consist of information sessions and keynotes, including speakers from the Office of Energy Independence, the Environmental Law & Policy Center, the Pellet Fuel Institute, and Focus on Energy. There will also be tours of two area facilities that are benefiting from the use of renewable wood energy, ST Paper and Pomp’s Service. Attendees will have a chance to tour a biomass combustion system located at ST Paper and Pomp’s Service’s wood brokering facility (ST Paper acquires their wood fuel from Pomp’s).
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From an article by Judy Newman in the Wisconsin State Journal:
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Wisconsin Power & Light ‘s proposal to build a coal- and biomass-fired power plant at Cassville would not be the least expensive option or the least polluting way to meet the Madison utility ‘s electricity needs, and it could disrupt an eagle-nesting area, mussels habitat and a culturally significant site, a state report shows.
But the final environmental impact statement on the proposal, made public Tuesday, does not recommend for or against the plans for a 300-megawatt power plant.
In fact, there are few changes from a draft report issued in May, even though WPL announced in June that if state regulators OK the proposal, it will use wood and grasses for 20 percent of the plant ‘s fuel, up from 10 percent, will close an aging coal-fired plant near Sheboygan and boost its wind power production.
Those amendments came in too late to be analyzed for the environmental report by staff of the state Public Service Commission, Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“We ‘re still evaluating some of that, ” PSC spokesman Timothy Le Monds said.
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