Hop on the Bioenergy Bus Tour – Nov. 13

Join the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Office of Energy Independence, and the Wisconsin Homegrown Renewable Energy Campaign (Wisconsin Farmers Union, the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Clean Wisconsin, Renew and other groups and businesses) for a day-long educational bus tour exploring the benefits of four homegrown renewable energy policies and showcasing opportunities for clean energy jobs in Wisconsin. Lunch and snacks will be available on the comfortable, restroom-equipped coach bus.

The total cost of the tour will be $10, payable by cash or check the day of the event. Please RSVP by Nov 9th to Bridget Holcomb at or (608) 256-1859.

9:00 AM: Meet for registration at Montfort Wind Farm
The bus will be in the parking lot for the Tower Junction Restaurant, 254 Hwy 18in Montfort. Follow signs for bus tour parking.

Stop One: Low-Carbon Fuel Standards
An LCFS calls for a reduction in carbon emissions from transportation fuels based on the carbon content of all fuels and the transformation of the market. The Montfort Wind Farm is the perfect background to talk about the diverse resources that can allow Wisconsin to be a leader in the market for low-carbon fuels. We will have examples of electric and alternative fuel vehicles that highlight the benefits of a low-carbon fuel standard.

Stop Two: Fuels for Schools and Communities, and Biomass Crop Reserve Program
These two initiatives will help solve the chicken-and-egg problem of jumpstarting the homegrown fuels market by helping schools and communities use renewable fuels and helping farmers grow for this market. We will stop at the Meister Cheese Plant to discuss the benefits of switching from fossil fuels to biomass, and we will meet with university researchers to explore opportunities for farmers in biomass production.

Stop Three: Homegrown Renewable Energy and Jobs
Homegrown renewable energy will mean jobs for Wisconsin. We will visit the Cardinal Glass factory, one of the leading suppliers of glass for solar panels.

Stop Four: Renewable Energy Buyback Rates
This program, also called an Advanced Renewable Tariff, will set utility payments to small renewable energy producers who want to “feed energy” into the electric grid, enabling farmers and rural businesses to help Wisconsin become more energy independent with biopower, wind and solar. We will visit a residential home using solar panels to feed electricity into the grid.

5:00 PM: Bus returns to the Montfort Wind Farm