Minnesota Governor Signs Legislation Supporting Biomass and Biofuel Production
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty signed the Agriculture and Veterans Omnibus Bill on May 4, which includes creating a new energy board; funding $1.4 million in grants for biofuel and biomass research; and calls for agriculture, forestry, and working lands to produce 25 percent of the total energy consumed in Minnesota by 2025. The bill also expands the state's Petroleum Replacement Goal to 25 percent by 2025.
The Next Generation Energy Board will research and recommend how the state can invest its resources to most efficiently achieve energy independence, agricultural and natural resources sustainability, and rural economic vitality. It will also examine the future of hydrogen, methanol, biodiesel, and ethanol fuels within Minnesota.
Recipients of the Next Generation Energy Grants include:
- Biomass Fuel Supply Depot for the creation of a biomass fuel supply depot in LeSueur or Scott County
- Bois Forte Band of Chippewa for a feasibility study of a renewable energy biofuels demonstration facility that would use forest resources, woody biomass, and cellulosic material to produce biofuels or bioenergy
- White Earth Band of Chippewa to conduct a feasibility study for a biofuels demonstration facility
- Elk River Economic Development Authority for a study of plasma gasification of waste into methanol for biodiesel production
- Chisago County to study locating a renewable energy facility in Chisago, Isanti, or Pine County.
For more information, see the governor's May 4 press release.
To read more information about renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Minnesota, see:
- Minnesota news published on the EERE Web site.
- Brief project descriptions from the Minnesota Energy Office published in the EERE State Energy Program newsletter, Conservation Update.
- Minnesota publications listed in the EERE State Publications Database.