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" Strengthen and maintain regional partnerships with other federal agencies, the
States and stakeholders to help develop biomass as a potential and significant
contribution to the Nation's energy portfolio;
" Create awareness and support among States for US DOE programs such as
biomass special project grants under State Energy Program (SEP) and work
closely with the US DOE regional offices to find the areas where biomass
activities cross-cut with other EERE programs such as: Clean Cities, Industries of
the Future, Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), distributed energy and
" Provide an effective communication conduit for States and US DOE to identify
and address biomass issues of mutual interest; and
" Maximize use of DOE and State funding through resource sharing.
Additional objectives specific to the GLBSRP include:
" Provide information, technical and other assistance to enable the increased use of
bioenergy and biobased products;
" Mitigate barriers to the development and deployment of bioenergy and biobased
" Facilitate the development and deployment of cost-effective bioenergy and biobased
Since the inception of this program in 1983, the GLBSRP has addressed the above
objectives through a three-pronged program.
First, a State grant component provided funding to each of the seven GLBSRP member
States to increase the capabilities of the State energy offices in the field of biomass
energy. The GLBSRP issued subgrants to the States to facilitate activities between the
State energy offices and other State agencies in addressing State-specific biomass energy
issues. Throughout the years, this has represented the largest segment of the program
and, consequently seen the largest expenditure of program funds. States used these funds
for a variety of activities including hiring specialized staff, conducting workshops and
special events, providing technical assistance, producing educational materials, and other
actions designed to increase the production and use of bioenergy in each State.
The second component of the regional partnership provided subcontracts for projects with a
region-wide benefit. These focused on a wide range of issues including biomass energy
information, technical assistance, technology demonstrations, environmental assessments
and economic analyses. Through this component, the GLBSRP also helped sponsor a
number of national and regional conference. Private developers, not-for-profit corporations,
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Kuzel, Frederic. Great Lakes Biomass State and Regional Partnership (GLBSRP), report, September 1, 2009; United States. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc835510/m1/4/: accessed March 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.