Increased Use Of Biofuels in MN Needed To Achieve Emission Goals

  • Thursday, 26 September 2019 11:06

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has called for increased use of biofuels to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to meet the state's Next Generation Energy Act (NGEA).

In a report released last week, MnDOT said Minnesota's legislature should consider strengthening Minnesota's Petroleum Replacement Goals through additional mandates and incentives to ensure that higher blends of biofuels are available. 

"Minnesota should provide financial and technical assistance to build out the wholesale and retail infrastructure (particularly tanks and pumps) that will be needed to supply ethanol blends higher than 10% and biodiesel blends higher than 20%," MnDOT said.

Additionally, the agency said Minnesota should create incentives for production plant improvements and farm practices to further reduce the carbon impact of biofuels.

"Minnesotans want the state to explore opportunities to support rural communities with biofuels and to create new markets for farmers. And Minnesotan want the state to take action now," MnDOT said. 

Read the full report here.