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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE February 26, 2020

Top Story

Minnesota considers E15 bill

By Amanda Bilek, Minnesota Corn Growers Association  •    •  Posted February 26, 2020

One of the top legislative priorities for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is to increase Minnesota’s biofuel standard from 10 to 15 percent for all gasoline sold in the state. On Monday, HF 3699 and SF 3605 were introduced. We are advocating for an increase in the standard from 10 to 15 percent because in 2019 the federal government issued a federal regulation enabling a higher blend of biofuel to be sold year-round in 2001 and newer vehicles. Minnesota has always been a leader on biofuel policy. If Minnesota puts into law an increase in the biofuel standard, it would be the first state to do, continuing our legacy of national biofuels leadership [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

New Diesel Engine Powered by Ethanol

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted February 25, 2020

When ClearFlame Engines CEO B.J. Johnson told ethanol industry representatives about the potential ethanol market for the company’s all-ethanol diesel engine, those at the recent National Ethanol Conference in Houston could have kissed him. While concerns continue about the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard and whether the EPA will provide a 15-billion-gallon market for ethanol in light of small-refinery exemptions, Johnson said even an optimistic 20% market penetration into the $231 billion heavy-duty diesel market would in itself create 15 billion gallons of demand for ethanol per year. [ read more … ]

Grassley cheers USDA target

By Marc Heller, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted February 25, 2020

Sen. Chuck Grassley today praised the Department of Agriculture for aiming to make biofuel nearly a third of the nation’s fuel supply by 2050 — but acknowledged that won’t be an easy task. That goal, part of a broader innovation agenda Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced last week, “is not only good for the environment but good for farmers and the rural economy,” Grassley (R-Iowa) told reporters on a conference call. [ read more … ]

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