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Report: More biofuels needed for UW power plant

MADISON (WKOW) -- A report says Wisconsin's biofuels market must be expanded so Governor Jim Doyle's plan to convert a power plant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will be successful.

The report from consultants hired by the state recommends the state switch the Charter Street plant from coal to a combination of biomass and natural gas. It also says uncertainty about the availability and cost of biomass fuels such as wood chips and paper pellets makes the $251 million project somewhat risky.

The report says it's possible that there won't be enough biomass available to fuel the plant in the beginning. And it says supplying the plant will increase train and truck traffic in the Madison area.

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