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Biomass suppliers line up for Charter Street project

Gov. Jim Doyle announced Monday that 59 Wisconsin businesses responded to a request for information to supply biomass fuel for the Charter Street Heating Plant in Madison.

“The message is clear, we have biomass businesses right here in our own state that want to grow,” Doyle said in a press release. “This is an enormous economic opportunity for our state to keep the money we spend on energy in the local economy and create green jobs in the area.”

The Charter Street Heating Plant on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus later this year will undergo a major conversion project that will switch the plant from coal-fired to buring a mixture of biomass, such as wood waste and agricultural residues, and natural gas.

The plant will stop burning coal by fall of 2011. The Capitol Heat and Power Plant on March 1 also stopped burning coal. The state is on track to reduce the use of coal at state heating plants by 65 percent, the release said.

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