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Biodiesel Task Force


June 9, 2017; 1:00-3:00pm
Orville L. Freeman Building, Room B555
625 North Robert Street, Saint Paul, MN 55155

The purpose of the meeting is to allow the commissioners of the Departments of Agriculture (MDA), Commerce, and Pollution Control (MPCA) to seek information and advice from the Biodiesel Task Force on whether Minnesota should move to a minimum required diesel-fuel content of 20% biodiesel (B20) on May 1, 2018.

Specifically, the Biodiesel Content Mandate statute (Minnesota Satute 239.77) requires, as of May 1, 2018, that diesel fuel offered for sale from April through September is B20. However, the B20 mandate can go into effect only after the MDA, Commerce, and MPCA commissioners have consulted with the Biodiesel Task Force and determined that:

  1. An American Society for Testing and Materials specification or equivalent federal standard exists for the B20 blend;
  2. A sufficient supply of biodiesel is available, and the amount of biodiesel produced in this state, from feedstock with at least 75 percent that is produced in the United States and Canada, is equal to at least 50 percent of anticipated demand at the B20 content level;
  3. Adequate blending infrastructure and regulatory protocol are in place in order to promote biodiesel quality and avoid any potential economic disruption; and
  4. At least five percent of the amount of biodiesel necessary for the B20 content level will be produced from a biological resource other than an agricultural resource traditionally grown or raised in the state, including, but not limited to, algae cultivated for biofuels production, waste oils, and tallow.

The meeting is open to the public.

Call-in information:
Phone number: 888-742-5095
Conference Code: 8048958675 

Task Force Meeting Agenda

Friday, June 9, 2017; 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Orville L. Freeman Building, Room B555
625 North Robert Street, Saint Paul, MN 55155

  1. Welcome, introductions, and meeting overview (Commissioner Frederickson) – 15 minutes
  2. Statements on whether statutory conditions under M.S. 239.77, Subd. 2.(b) have been met (Biodiesel Task Force members) – 45 minutes
  3. Questions and discussion (Commissioners Frederickson, Rothman, and Stine and Biodiesel Task Force members) – 45 minutes
  4. Next steps (Commissioners Frederickson, Rothman, and Stine) – 15 minutes
  5. Adjourn

Call-in information:
Phone number: 888-742-5095
Conference Code: 8048958675

See Visitor and Parking Information for the Freeman Building.

Annual Report

Biodiesel Annual Report to the Legislature

Biodiesel Task Force Members

  • Ralph Groschen, At-large member 
  • Dustin Haaland, CHS
  • John Hausladen, Minnesota Trucking Association
  • Scott Hedderich, Renewable Energy Group
  • Bruce Heine, Magellan Mainstream Partners
  • Chris Hill, Minnesota Soybean Growers
  • Joe Hunter, ALAMN
  • Ron Marr, Minnesota Soybean Processors
  • Gary Mead, Minnesota State University Mankato
  • Kevin Paap, Minnesota Farm Bureau
  • Doug Root, Agricultural Utilization Research Institute
  • Steve Rupp, Ever Cat Fuels
  • Kevin Thoma, Minnesota Petroleum Marketers Association
  • Brett Webb, Flint Hills Resources
  • Gary Wertish, Minnesota Farmers Union

Meeting Minutes and Handouts

MDA Contact

Kevin Hennessy, Bioenergy Manager
Kevin.Hennessy@state.mn.us ~ 651-201-6223

Minnesota Biodiesel Program

Ag Marketing & Development Division