Minnesota was the first state to mandate the use of biodiesel. As of May 1, 2009, all diesel fuel sold or offered for sale in Minnesota must contain 5 percent biodiesel (B5), and by 2015, state law mandates the blending of 20 percent biodiesel into the diesel fuel supply (B20).*
Because it is made from a locally-grown, renewable resource, using biodiesel can help boost Minnesota’s farm economy and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. It is estimated that the state’s B5 requirement will replace over 40 million gallons of diesel fuel with domestic, renewable biodiesel—and Minnesota’s 63 million gallons of biodiesel production capacity can easily meet that demand.
“Minnesota has been and continues to be a renewable fuels leader,” said Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson. “The biodiesel industry has not only continued to grow but has also continued to improve in every way. It cleans up our air quality, supports economic development in greater Minnesota, and adds value to our agriculture sector. It’s a vital and innovative industry that we must continue to support.”
*The B10 mandate that was set to take effect May 1, 2012, was delayed, and is now set to take effect July 1, 2014.
Kevin Hennessy, Bioenergy Manager
Ag Marketing & Development Division
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, firstname.lastname@example.org