Wisconsin could become the "Silicon Valley" of new, green energy, according to U.S. Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI).
The concept of green technology and building has been around for awhile now, but tight government budgets in search of savings, along with possible stimulus funding, have renewed interest in the idea. Kind says the money is coming for green tech, such as more energy efficient homes, buildings, cars, and appliances.
The Wisconsin Democrat says those efforts could save billions of dollars in energy costs., which will move us toward energy self-sufficiency and reduce our reliance on foreign oil.
Kind says our state's agricultural resources and research capabilities make it uniquely positioned to benefit from a greener economy. He says UW-Madison's status as the premier research institute for renewable and alternative energy sources is also exciting, because it could make Wisconsin a major center in the development of clean energy technologies. Kind says that would lead to a tremendous job boost for the state.