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Minnesota was the first state to mandate the use of biodiesel, establishing a B2 mandate that took place September 29, 2005. Since then the mandate has moved to 5% (May 1, 2009) and most recently to B10 beginning July 1, 2014. The currently higher level mandate is in effect for the “summer” months, April through September, and reverts to B5 for the winter months. The mandate is now scheduled to jump to B20 for the summer months in 2018 per Minnesota Statute 239.77.
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 B10/B5 requirement will replace over 65 million gallons of diesel fuel with domestic, renewable biodiesel—and Minnesota’s 63 million gallons of biodiesel production capacity will cover almost all of 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.”
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