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Minn. biodiesel requirement jumps to 10 percent

By Ron Kotrba | July 01, 2014

July 1 marks a memorable day for biodiesel as Minnesota becomes the first state in the nation to require 10 percent biodiesel to be blended in all diesel fuel. While Illinois has a tax incentive that encourages biodiesel blends at 11 percent or higher, Minnesota is the first state to require a double-digit blend.

Minnesota has long been a biodiesel pioneer, becoming the first state in the nation to implement a biodiesel standard back in 2005 at 2 percent. In 2009, the biodiesel requirement jumped to 5 percent. The transition to B10 was originally scheduled for 2012 but was delayed to ensure blending infrastructure was sufficient across the entire state. B10 will be available at the pump from April through September, and B5 will remain the standard the standard the rest of the year.

“It is encouraging to see leaders implement consistently strong biofuels policy,” said Steven J. Levy, chairman of the National Biodiesel Board. “This is obviously in sharp contrast to the mixed messages sent from Washington, D.C. Minnesota’s move to B10 shows the impressive potential for renewable energy when policy and entrepreneurship work hand in hand to support real benefits that impact us all. Hopefully those at the national level will see the success in Minnesota and follow up with a strong federal energy policy and strong renewable fuel standard.”

According to the American Lung Association of Minnesota, the state’s current B5 standard reduces emissions equal to removing nearly 35,000 vehicles from the road, which equates to 644 million pounds of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Increasing the blend from B5 to B10 will mean an additional demand of 20 million gallons of biodiesel each year on top of the current usage of 40 million gallons. Minnesota’s current operating production capacity is over 60 MMgy. Plants are currently operating in Isanti, Brewster and Albert Lea. 

 

5 Responses

  1. Globecore Blending

    2014-07-02

    1

    Additives are an instrument of fuel operational development properties which can’t be provided with the previous stages of fuel producing. They lead to product correction, instead of participate in the main method of production. Their efficiency is caused by chemical structure, structure of a basic base, mutual influence and additives mixing process. Improvers which affect some parameters of basic fuel are called multipurpose. Globecore Blending is involved in production of fuel hydrodynamic blending systems.... www.globecoreblending.com

  2. George

    2014-07-02

    2

    Ron, I have a 2005 Diesel car. How will B10 or B20 effect my engine?

  3. Hynek Hermann

    2014-07-07

    3

    As a MN resident for about six years I am flabbergasted that our legislature passed this law without actually checking into the whole problem. My car is a 2005 Mercedes Benz E320 CDI. It is only warranted for diesel up to B5. I am not really sure what the legislators had in mind for guys like myself when they passed this law....are we supposed to go to Wisconsin every time we need to fill up???

  4. Jenn P

    2014-07-07

    4

    "As a MN resident for about six years I am flabbergasted that our legislature passed this law without actually checking into the whole problem. My car is a 2005 Mercedes Benz E320 CDI. It is only warranted for diesel up to B5. I am not really sure what the legislators had in mind for guys like myself when they passed this law....are we supposed to go to Wisconsin every time we need to fill up???" I believe that would be a big 'yeppers' because unless you are lucky I doubt the warranty has a clause about changes in state law modifying the parameters of the warranty coverage.

  5. Ron

    2014-07-08

    5

    George et al, B10 should have no adverse effects on your 2005 diesel. Let’s remember, biodiesel (B100) is a legal fuel with an ASTM spec (6751). Blends from 6 to 20 percent even have their own ASTM spec (7467). It is my understanding that the state is referencing the Magnuson-Moss Act of 1975 for those who are concerned about using higher blends of biodiesel. In short, warranties are not “voided” if higher biodiesel blends are used. In addition, here are some important things to remember: biodiesel offers great lubricity for ultra-low sulfur diesel; B10 is only required during the designated “summer” months, at other times the mandate reverts back to B5; 10 percent of summer diesel fuel consumed in Minnesota comes from renewable sources that are grown or recycled, and processed, domestically; there are fewer noxious and greenhouse gas emissions with biodiesel; and Illinois diesel drivers have been filling up on B11 for several years and I haven’t heard of any warranty cases as a result. As I see it, there is no down side to Minnesota’s jump to 10 percent biodiesel. It’s a move that should be lauded…and duplicated.

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