Minnesota’s Landmark Policy Sets Stage for New Energy Future

By The National Biodiesel Board | August 23, 2018

Long-time biodiesel leader Minnesota is making history and transforming America’s energy landscape by becoming the first state to upgrade virtually all of the diesel supply for sale in the state to B20. The seismic shift in our country’s liquid energy supply turns the status quo on its head.

“We often refer to Minnesota as a trailblazer, but somehow that just doesn’t seem adequate anymore,” said Donnell Rehagen, National Biodiesel Board CEO. “Transitioning virtually an entire state’s diesel supply to 20 percent biodiesel is unprecedented. My hope is that Minnesota’s bold move will inspire other states to take similar action. Americans have a choice to change our fuel identity to include much more renewable, economically powerful, clean energy—just like the power industry has diversified with solar and wind.”  

The transition to B20 happened gradually, from the first statewide requirement of 2 percent biodiesel (B2) implemented in 2005, to B5 four years later, and B10 since 2014. This approach helped ensure sufficient blending infrastructure and education statewide. Like the previous B10 standard, B20 will appear at the pump from April through September. B5 will remain the standard for the rest of the year.

Farmers, public transportation systems, fleet operators, school bus fleets, commercial carriers and private users have successfully used B20 across the country for decades.

According to the American Lung Association of Minnesota, during the 10-year period with biodiesel as a fuel standard for Minnesota, a reduction of more than 7.4 billion pounds of carbon dioxide has already been realized.

“NBB is proud to have worked closely with all parties involved to help make this extraordinary policy change a reality,” Rehagen added. “The biodiesel industry in the state and across the country will benefit from the vision and tenacity displayed by those Minnesota farmers, producers, soybean staff and legislators that were on the front lines of this battle.”

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