Task force makes steady progress in Minnesota

By | October 01, 2004
The Minnesota Biodiesel Task Force continues to advance production and technical issues in preparation for the state's B2 mandate, set to take effect in 2005 if sufficient in-state capacity is in place.

At the group's last meeting in July, representatives of three Minnesota plant projects presented updates. The Farmers Union Marketing and Processing Association (FUMPA) biodiesel plant in Redwood Falls is under construction. The Minnesota Soybean Processors project in Brewster is delayed, but still aiming for a June 2005 start-up. SoyMor in Albert Lea is also shooting for a June 2005 start-up. These project reports were presented before the federal biodiesel excise tax credit was passed by the U.S. Senate in October.

It was also reported that Task Force members helped launch a Cold Flow Study designed to answer questions about the blending characteristics of biodiesel in cold weather conditions.

At press time, members of the task force were preparing for a Nov. 1 meeting in Eagan, Minn.
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