Michigan Ups Mascoma Grant

By shifting a $26 million Department of Energy grant originally intended for a Tennessee biofuels plant to another project in the upper peninsula of Michigan, Cambridge-MA based Mascoma has persuaded the state to pony up an additional $8.5 million in grants, according to company announcement yesterday. The State of Michigan has now committed $23.5 million for the $250 million plant, where Mascoma plans convert high-cellulose material such as wood chips into ethanol.

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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