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The Council of Great Lakes Governors administered the Great Lakes Biomass State and
Regional Partnership (GLBSRP) under contract with the U. S. Department of Energy
(DOE). This Partnership grew out of the existing Regional Biomass Energy Program
which the Council had administered since 1983. Since their inception, these two
programs have brought over $13 million in federal money into the region which was
matched by over $25 million in State and private funds. The GLBSRP includes the
States of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
The GLBSRP worked in cooperation with four other regional organizations to form the
National Biomass State and Regional Partnership. The overall objective of the
Partnership is to encourage increased production and use of biomass (basically any
organic material) for energy generation. The Partnership focuses on outreach, education
and technical assistance activities to meet this objective. The Partnership provides grants
to the States; undertakes region-wide education, outreach and technology transfer
projects; and, provides in-house management, support and information dissemination.
The biomass program began by concentrating on the use of wood and waste products for
energy through combustion to produce steam, heat and electricity at commercial and
industrial sites. While these are still important issues, the program focuses increasingly
more attention on the development of locally produced renewable transportation fuels
including ethanol, biodiesel and E-diesel as well as municipal and on-farm biogas
Goals and Objectives
The GLBSRP's overall goal was to work cooperatively with the US DOE Office of
Biomass Program to facilitate the increased use of biofuels, biopower, and biobased
products through coordinated federal, regional, and State outreach, education, and
technical assistance programs.
The GLBSRP operated following the objectives developed by the national Biomass State
and Regional Partnership in its annual Statement of Work and approved by US DOE as
" Work cooperatively with other Partnership members on a set of goals that achieve
associated milestones and results;
" Facilitate closer communication and encourage greater coordination among
federal, regional and State biomass and bioenergy activities;
" Provide leadership in addressing policies and technical issues in order to advance
the use of biomass and utilization of biomass technologies at the highest levels of
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Kuzel, Frederic. Great Lakes Biomass State and Regional Partnership (GLBSRP), report, September 1, 2009; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc835510/m1/3/: accessed October 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.