Taxpayer funds to help local biofuels R

MIDDLEBURY - Biofuels research and development in Vermont got another incremental boost last week in the form of a U.S. Department of Energy grant. The grant, underwritten by U.S. taxpayers, was announced by Vermont Sustainable Jobs Funds as part of a series of grants that will support the biofuels movement in Vermont.

Grants, totaling $125,000, will be made available for a variety of R&D and demonstration projects.

The funds will be part of a series of grants presented through the state's Vermont Biofuels Initiative.

"The purpose of the VBI is to foster the development of a viable biomass-to-biofuels industry in Vermont that uses local resources," according to VSJF Executive Director Ellen Kahler.

The effort will help support the State of Vermont's goal of meeting 25 percent of its energy needs via renewable sources by the year 2025.

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