States to use grant money for alternative fuels

| 2/23/2006

Both Montana and Michigan have pledged to use money from a federal program to develop their alternative fuels industries.

The money, from the Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development program, referred to as WIRED, was awarded to 13 regions across the U.S.

Each region was awarded a three-year, $15 million investment to help create jobs and economic development in key areas.

The Montana Standard reported the money will be used in Montana to help create a biodiesel and bioproduct industry in the central and eastern parts of the state.

Michigan, meanwhile, plans to use its money to fund research at its universities to help build an alternative fuels industry in the state.

Neither state has released further details on future plans.