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Minnesota extends E20 mandate to start in 2015

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http://www.ethanolproducer.com/articles/8767/minnesota-extends-e20-mandate-to-start-in-2015

 

read this article and thought I'd ask you Dan (and other Minnesotans) what they thought of this...

 

Minnesota extends E20 mandate to start in 2015

 

...The 2012 Omnibus Agriculture Policy bill calls for all gasoline blends sold in Minnesota to contain at least 20 percent ethanol by volume or the maximum percent of ethanol by volume allowed by the U.S. EPA by Aug. 30, 2015. The original policy, passed in 2005, would have required sale of E20 by 2013.

 

The extension of the E20 mandate is a testament to the state’s commitment to ethanol, according to Kevin Hennessy, biofuels specialist at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. “Legislators throughout the state support ethanol,” he said. Minnesota’s ethanol facilities produce more than 1 billion gallons of ethanol per year, more than half of which is currently exported out of the state.

 

The new statute allows for the E20 provision to sunset on Dec. 31, 2014, if the state’s agriculture commissioner certifies that the total volume of gasoline sold in the state already contains at least 20 percent ethanol or if the U.S. EPA has not granted approval for E20 to be used in vehicles. It is unlikely the EPA will approve an E20 waiver by 2015, but it is possible that the state’s fuel retailers could meet the E20 mandate through increased sales of E15 for 2001 and newer vehicles and/or mid-level ethanol blends and E85 for flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs). However, E15 has yet to enter the state’s market for vehicles other than FFVs, and E85 sales currently comprise less than 1 percent of the state’s fuel consumption, according to Hennessy...

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I had read about this a few years ago, that good 'ol Minnesota was doing this. I don't think I have read a thing on this in at least 3 years!

 

But they need to push the usage of e-85. Why mandate such a minor solution it's just gonna reduce ethanol facts from emerging due to the huge amount of propaganda a move to mandated E-20 will generate.

 

It's amazing (no pun intended) how some states rock the E85 and others (like mine) don't.

 

I am gonna start looking for a job in Minnesota, Nebraska, or Iowa. Illinios is OK too but who wants to live there? (just kidding. for the most part anyway)

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Considering how marine use of ethanol is one of the biggest problems and Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes, I can see why they might want to push it back. Personally, I'd rather see E30 mandated or E30 now and marine use later, but whatever. FWIW, I'm a MN resident, but work in ND.

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E20 wont wont happen until the EPA is on board so it's rather moot point.

 

 

It still appears to me that the only way to boost ethanol now that E10 is base fuel is via blender pumps until the Auto Industry has had every vehicle coming off the assembly line as FFV's for at least 5 years.

 

 

This is fine by me..as it slows ethanol as a volume ..should lower prices .

 

 

Until next gen /advanced ethanol starts contributing I see no reason to continue running up the price of corn..thus ethanol

 

 

Wait E15,E20 as base fuels until then

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I always wondered if it would work for a state (ethanol producing state...) could set up a state RIN type system...  mandating that say 12% of all motor fuel would be biofuel... (ethanol/biodiesel/biogas?)...  blenders would get credit for distributing the fuel... face penalty of fine if they were not able to... and allow trading of RINs (for lack of a better term) for blenders who don't have the market for the fuel in the area... rewarding ones that have built the market by allowing them to sell (to highest bidder) their surplus RINs...  would encourage distributors and retailers to keep prices on renewable fuels down (not gouging) to encourage more consumption of these...

 

Ever few years, up the mandate a single percentage point...

 

This would entice more people to put in blender pumps for e15/e30/e85...  Make bio-diesel a much more demanded thing as well...

 

Any merits to this sort of system... on a state level?  Any downfalls?

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