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Minnesota Biodiesel Mandate Set to Increase to 10% on July 1, 2014

Wednesday, October 16, 2013  
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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 state."

 

"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 commissioners).