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Minnesota Set to Become First State With Required Biodiesel Blend

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The Minnesota State Capital is seen in Saint Paul
The Minnesota State Capital is seen in Saint Paul

 ST. PAUL, Minn. – Diesel drivers will see a new fuel at the pump on the first of July as Minnesota rolls out the nation’s first required 10 percent biodiesel blend. Known as B10, this higher blend will be sold at filling stations during Minnesota’s summer months. In September, the biodiesel falls back to the current and cold capable B5 blend. In 2015, B10 will be available between April and September, annually.

Minnesota’s biodiesel is made primarily from homegrown soybeans, which are one of the state’s leading cash crops. The Minnesota biodiesel industry annually contributes more than $900 million to the economy. Minnesota was the first state to require the use of biodiesel in 2005; currently three plants are in full production.  The plants, located in Glenville, Brewster and Isanti, produce a combined 63 million gallons of biodiesel annually.

“Minnesotans have done a lot of hard work along the way to the statewide implementation of B10 and I’m proud to say the launch is finally arriving in July of this year,” said Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Commissioner Dave Frederickson. “We have a strong supply ready to fuel a cleaner, higher blend as we continue working toward our future goals of homegrown, renewable energy.”

The MDA is working with the American Lung Association in Minnesota as they launch a statewide series of traveling workshops, B Ready for B10.  The free workshops, sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, are touring the state and run through the July 1 implementation date until July 22.  To view upcoming dates and RSVP for a workshop, please visit: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/events/event.cfm?EventID=724.

The National Biodiesel Board estimates the use of B10 during summer months and B5 in the winter will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1,342,000,000 lbs. annually.

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