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Petroleum Replacement & Promotion Report

Statutory Requirements


Subdivision 1. Minimum biofuel content required. (a) Except as provided in subdivisions 10 to 14, a person responsible for the product shall ensure that all gasoline sold or offered for sale in Minnesota must contain at least the quantity of biofuel required by clause (1) or (2), at the option of the person responsible for the product:

(1) the greater of:

(i) 10.0 percent conventional biofuel by volume; or

(ii) the maximum percent of conventional biofuel by volume authorized in a waiver granted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency; or

(2) 10.0 percent of a biofuel, other than a conventional biofuel, by volume authorized in a waiver granted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency or a biofuel formulation registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under United States Code, title 42, section 7545.

(b) For purposes of enforcing the requirement of paragraph (a), clause (1), item (i), a gasoline/biofuel blend will be construed to be in compliance if the biofuel content, exclusive of denaturants and other permitted components, comprises not less than 9.2 percent by volume and not more than 10.0 percent by volume of the blend as determined by an appropriate United States Environmental Protection Agency or American Society of Testing Materials standard method of analysis.

(c) The aggregate amount of biofuel blended pursuant to this subdivision may be any biofuel; however, conventional biofuel must comprise no less than the portion specified on and after the specified dates:

(1) July 1, 2013 - 90 percent

(2) January 1, 2015 - 80 percent

(3) January 1, 2017 - 70 percent

(4) January 1, 2020 - 60 percent

(5) January 1, 2025 - no minimum

History: 1992 c 575 s 29; 1993 c 250 s 1; 1993 c 369 s 73,74; 1995 c 220 s 116; 1996 c 354 s 8-11; 1999 c 231 s 174-177; 2000 c 434 s 2; 2003 c 107 s 30; 2004 c 189 s 3,4; 2005 c 10 art 1 s 39; 2005 c 52 s 1,2; 1Sp2005 c 1 art 4 s 69-72; 2008 c 350 art 1 s 79,80; 2009 c 94 art 1 s 90,91; 2010 c 333 art 1 s 17-21; 2011 c 107 s 96; 2012 c 244 art 1 s 72; 2013 c 68 s 16; 2013 c 114 art 2 s 60-62


Subdivision 1. Petroleum replacement goal. The tiered petroleum replacement goal of the state of Minnesota is that biofuel comprises at least the specified portion of total gasoline sold or offered for sale in this state by each specified year:

(1) 2015 - 14 percent

(2) 2017 - 18 percent

(3) 2020 - 25 percent

(4) 2025 - 30 percent

Subd. 2. Promotion of renewable liquid fuels. (a) The commissioner of agriculture, in consultation with the commissioners of commerce and the Pollution Control Agency, shall identify and implement activities necessary to achieve the goals in subdivision 1. Beginning November 1, 2005, and continuing through 2015, the commissioners, or their designees, shall convene a task force pursuant to section 15.014 that includes representatives from the renewable fuels industry, petroleum retailers, refiners, automakers, small engine manufacturers, and other interested groups. The task force shall assist the commissioners in carrying out the activities in paragraph (b) and eliminating barriers to the use of greater biofuel blends in this state. The task force must coordinate efforts with the NextGen Energy Board, the biodiesel task force, and the Renewable Energy Roundtable and develop annual recommendations for administrative and legislative action.

(b) The activities of the commissioners under this subdivision shall include, but not be limited to:

(1) developing recommendations for specific, cost-effective incentives necessary to expedite the use of greater biofuel blends in this state including, but not limited to, incentives for retailers to install equipment necessary to dispense renewable liquid fuels to the public;

(2) expanding the renewable-fuel options available to Minnesota consumers by obtaining federal approval for the use of additional blends that contain a greater percentage of biofuel;

(3) developing recommendations to ensure that motor vehicles and small engine equipment have access to an adequate supply of fuel;

(4) working with the owners and operators of large corporate automotive fleets in the state to increase their use of renewable fuels;

(5) working to maintain an affordable retail price for liquid fuels;

(6) facilitating the production and use of advanced biofuels in this state; and

(7) developing procedures for reporting the amount and type of biofuel under subdivision 1 and section 239.791, subdivision 1, paragraph (c).

(c) Notwithstanding section 15.014, the task force required under paragraph (a) expires on December 31, 2015.

History: 2005 c 52 s 3; 2007 c 45 art 1 s 58; 2008 c 297 art 1 s 52; 2013 c 114 art 2 s 63