Farm-based Bioenergy Infrastructure for Wisconsin: Too Big, Too Little, or Just Right?

The proposed study will define the optimal scale of bio-based heat and power infrastructure development in Wisconsin, and describe the physical, financial and ecological constraints on the bioenergy life cycle. Wisconsin electric utilities must meet the state-mandated Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) of 10% by 2015. In addition, the Governor's "Declaration of Energy Independence" calls for 25 % of electricity and 25% of transportation fuel to come from renewable resources by 2025. While wind is expected to provide the largest share of electric power from renewable sources, biomass is also expected to be a major source of electric power and heat. In order for Wisconsin farms to help meet these ambitious goals, provide food and feed, and still maintain environmental quality, the entire bioenergy supply chain must be as efficient as possible.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    CFIRE 04-25

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)

    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    1415 Engineering Drive, 2205 Engineering Hall
    Madison, WI  United States  53706
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Center for Sustainability and Global Environment
    204 Enzyme Institute, 1710 University Avenue
    Madison, WI  United States  53726
  • Principal Investigators:

    Barford, Carol

  • Start Date: 20100101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20121231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 28081

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01468048
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)
  • Contract Numbers: CFIRE 04-25
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:44PM