A Milwaukee tech-transfer organization is expanding to Madison. 

The Midwest Energy Research Consortium, known as M-WERC, has opened an office at the UW-Madison Grainger Institute for Engineering.

The new location more closely involves M-WERC with researchers at the UW-Madison, and is part of an effort to reach "across the Midwest to foster industrial collaboration and realize our goal of more quickly transitioning technology innovation into economic growth and job creation in the energy power and controls sector," M-WERC CEO and executive director Alan Perlstein said.

Bruce Beihoff, formerly technical director of industry relations at the UW-Madison's Wisconsin Energy Institute, and Dan Ebert are staffing the Madison office. Ebert, a former Wisconsin Public Service Commission member and chairman, and former senior vice president of WPPI Energy, is managing director.

M-WERC was founded in 2009 by three universities and four industrial companies to create innovative energy solutions. It also operates the WERCBench Labs 12-week accelerator program for science and technology startups.

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Judy Newman is a business reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.