‘Another Pioneering Step Toward Cleaner Air,
Energy Security and Value-Added Agriculture’
Renewable Energy Group is commending Minnesota officials for certifying that the state will boost its biodiesel requirement from B10 (a 10% blend) to B20 for the summertime months beginning May 1, 2018. updated August 5
“This is another pioneering step toward cleaner air, energy security and value-added agriculture,” REG sales and marketing VP Gary Haer said in a release.
“REG and our biodiesel industry partners will be ready to deliver the approximately 30 million additional gallons of cleaner-burning biodiesel to Minnesota consumers during the summer months which will improve both the state’s economy and environment,” he said.
Busy at Albert Lea
REG notes that Minnesota was an early adopter of biodiesel, first requiring B2 in 2005, moving to B5 in 2009 and B10 in 2014 for the summertime period between May 1 and September 30. The state has a B5 minimum requirement year-round.
REG owns and operates a multi-feedstock biodiesel refinery at Albert Lea, near the Iowa line, with capacity for more than 40 million gallons of fuel per year. The company employs 33 full-time workers there.
“In 2016,” states this week’s release, “the Albert Lea plant saw over 11,000 trucks and 1,000 railcars of feedstock and biofuel loaded and unloaded, and purchased over 182 million pounds of feedstock from Minnesota vendors.”
Additional Locations Planned
“We provide biodiesel as well as a biodiesel blended fuel solutions to fleets,” Haer says.
“Biodiesel fuel blends of 5% to 20% (B5 to B20) are available at a number of locations around the country,” he told F&F, “and we are expanding our capability of offering biodiesel blended fuel at additional locations.”
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Source: REG with Fleets & Fuels follow-up