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Greetings from the
Wisconsin Biogas Council!

Significant progress has been made since our last communication.

A group of industry stakeholder volunteers have provided input as the foundation of our advisor committee.
You can review the presentation and reference materials from our initial meeting here:

Presentation
References

As part of the initial advisor committee meeting six concepts for organizational efforts as paths forward were discussed.  These concepts ranged from news/communication/outreach/networking to the formation of lobbying and research initiatives.  

We would greatly appreciate your input and offer you the opportunity to be part of this process.  Please use the poll link below to provide your feedback on each of these concepts.

Wisconsin Biogas Council Paths Forward Poll

Poll results will be used during our next advisor committee meeting and help shape the networking meeting being planned for early 2017.

We would like to thank Tyler Huebner of RENEW Wisconsin for providing the policy update below.

If your organization would like to provide content related to your initiatives, news releases for further distribution, promotion of events, or other relevant information please let us know!  

All news items will be available via e-mail and archived/available via the Blog section of our website.

Biogas Policy Updates from RENEW Wisconsin:

Governor Walker Announces Multi-Agency Biodigester Initiative

On November 17th, Governor Scott Walker announced that the Dept. of Natural Resources, Dept. of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, and Public Service Commission were working together and will jointly release a Request for Proposals in January.  The RFP will focus on the application of biodigesters as a means to address water quality issues in sensitive areas of Wisconsin while producing renewable energy.  WPRRENEW Wisconsin

Public Service Commission Announces $20 Million in Funding for Biodigester Initiative

In relation to the story above, the Public Service Commission, which oversees the state of Wisconsin's "Focus on Energy" energy rebate program, announced that it would dedicate up to $20 million towards biodigester deployment in their open meeting of December 1, 2016.  Conceptually, the PSC indicated interest in a network of digesters, probably aided by nutrient recovery systems, that would create renewable energy (likely gas that would be injected into a pipeline), while processing nutrients that may otherwise be negatively impacting ground and/or surface waters.  This funding would be part of the RFP that Governor Walker addressed, and would enable state cost-sharing on the energy components of such a solution.

Dane County Gains Approval for $18 Million Gas Cleanup & Pipeline Injection System

Dane County (where Madison is located) received County Board approval in late November for County Executive Joe Parisi's initiative to modify the County's energy production from its landfill.  Currently, the landfill is outfitted with generators to create electricity which is sold at a negotiated price to the local power company.  The County Board granted approval in the capital budget for $18 million to install gas cleanup technology and pipeline injection equipment to inject a large portion of the gas into the interstate pipeline operated by ANR.  The County estimates it could pay off the investment in 3-4 years, and cites the uncertainty of its future electricity contract as a reason it began looking at alternatives. Wisconsin State Journal

Federal EPA Approves Increase to Renewable Fuels Standard

In late November, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency increased the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). This may create more space for production of bio-based transportation fuels. The Des Moines (Iowa) Register covered the story with positive reactions from Iowa's Governor and U.S. Senators. 

Tyler Huebner
Executive Director | RENEW Wisconsin
222 S. Hamilton St, Madison, WI 53703
Office: 608-255-4044 ext 1 | Mobile: 608-575-2201
tyler.huebner@renewwisconsin.org
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