The Council of Great Lakes Governors administered the Great Lakes Biomass State-Regional Partnership (GLBSRP) under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
from 1983-2009. This project has now ended
due to lack of funding.
This was one of five regional programs established by DOE designed to encourage greater production and use of biomass for energy generation. Biomass includes wood, crop residues, municipal waste, and other organic materials. Biomass can be converted for power production and transportation fuels including ethanol and biodiesel.
The Great Lakes Biomass State-Regional Partnership States included:
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota,
Ohio, and Wisconsin. There were three main components to the GLBSRP; (1) State grants; (2) region-wide demonstration and technology transfer; and, (3) in-house management and support.
A grant was awarded annually to each GLBSRP State to retain a project leader knowledgeable about biomass energy on the staff of each State energy office. State offices performed
resource assessment, demonstration projects and
provide technical assistance.
The GLBSRP also managed projects with region-wide benefits. All demonstration and development projects
had to address commercially viable technologies and include substantial cost-sharing. Universities and industries from throughout the region
were the primary recipients of GLBSRP funding. Projects
were selected through an annual Request for Proposals process.
The GLBSRP also helped sponsor local and regional renewable energy conferences and workshops organized by non-profit associations within the seven State region.