Minnesota Biodiesel Mandate Set to Increase to 10% on July 1, 2014
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Minnesota will go to 10 percent
biodiesel during the non-winter months according to a letter recently submitted to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.
Minnesota's commissioners of agriculture, commerce and pollution control have
sent a joint letter stating Minnesota has met the statutory requirements to
increase the amount of biodiesel added to diesel fuel sold or offered for
sale in the state of Minnesota. (Click here to view letter).
Prior to the commissioners' letter, the Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA) sent correspondence to the
agencies expressing our concerns regarding biodiesel costs.
The letter from MTA President
John Hausladen said, in part, "We have repeatedly asked at task force
meetings if the State of Minnesota can determine what cost impact, if any,
biodiesel blends have on the base price of diesel fuel sold in the
"So far, we have been told
that such impacts cannot be determined. We have been told that federal
blending credits and RIN (renewable identification number) values
artificially increase or decrease the costs."
"We have also been told
that the agencies charged with overseeing the program do not have the data or
financial resources to conduct this type of economic analysis."
"Our organization believes
it is unwise to raise the mandated biodiesel content without first being able
to clearly answer the question regarding cost impacts."
(Click here for the letter from the MTA to the state