Minnesota Enacts America's First Biodiesel B2 Requirement
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty announced at a school bus garage in Mendota Heights on September 29 that all diesel fuel sold in the state will now contain 2% biodiesel. The fuel is called B2 and is a mixture of 98% conventional diesel with 2% biodiesel. It can operate in conventional diesel engines without any engine modifications.
The Minnesota Legislature passed a law in 2002 that the B2 requirement takes effect one month after the Minnesota Department of Agriculture certified the state had enough production capacity to meet demand. Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson announced the state had reached this capacity landmark on August 29. Hugoson also announced his department has set up a website with information about Minnesota biodiesel.
"Today, Minnesota takes another step toward reducing our dependence on foreign oil while improving our environment and our rural economy," Pawlenty said. "Biodiesel is another tool in our arsenal as we look for clean, diverse sources of energy."
According to the National Biodiesel Board, Minnesota now leads the nation with its annual biodiesel production capacity of 63 million gallons. For more information, see the governor's press release.