After introductory remarks by Dean Jahn, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle gave opening remarks at the Wisconsin Bioenergy Summit on Oct. 23 in the Microbial Sciences Building. The governor reviewed his energy goals for Wisconsin — generate 25 percent of the state’s electricity and 25 percent of its transportation fuel from renewable fuels by 2025, capture 10 percent of the market share for the production of renewable energy and bioproducts, and become a national leader in groundbreaking research that will make alternative energies more affordable and available.
The governor’s presentation was followed by a series of panel discussions (view the list of speakers and topics) by university, state and industry leaders who are involved in bioenergy issues in Wisconsin. At 3 p.m. came the keynote presentation by Fred Krupp, President of the Environmental Defense Fund and author of a new book, Earth: The Sequel—The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming.