Biofuels FAQ – CERTs
Biofuels Resources – U.S. Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
E85 Ethanol Information – Minnesota Department of Commerce
Clean Fuels: Developing Fuels to Benefit Minnesota’s Environment and Economy – Minnesota Department of Commerce
A brochure written by the Minnesota Department of Commerce includes descriptions of biodiesel as well as several other clean fuels, including ethanol and hydrogen.
Renewable Fuels Center – American Lung Association of Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture has been instrumental in supporting the ethanol industry in the state, and its staff are a wealth of information on ethanol. For more info, contact: Ralph Groschen, Agriculture Marketing Specialist, 651.297.2223, Ralph.Groschen@state.mn.us.
School Transportation Issues FAQ – CERTs
Policies & Incentives
Flexible Fuel Pump Funding & Financing via REAP – USDA Rural Development
Through USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), rural small businesses and agricultural producers now have access to grants and loan guarantees for the installation of flexible fuel pumps. Click here for more information about flex fuel pumps and REAP >>
Pipeline Routing & Permiting – Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC)
The MN Public Utilities Commission has responsibility for the site and route permitting of certain energy facilities, including pipelines of six inches or more in diameter that carry hazardous liquids, such as crude oil or petroleum products, and gas pipelines designed for pressure of more than 275 pounds per square inch.
National Biodiesel Board
Wide range of materials on biodiesel, from technical to economic and policy issues. Biodiesel basics, updates on current legislation and projects.
The National Corn Growers Association
Information on Ethanol and the Farm Bill.
IRS Approves 610 Clean Renewable Energy Bond Applications – ILSR New Rules Project
In November of 2006, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that 610 projects were given the authority to issue Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs) to help finance renewable energy development across the country. State and local governments and municipal and cooperative utilities were eligible to apply. The majority of projects supported were for solar facilities. Read the article to learn more.
Research & Publications
Transportation Biofuels in the United States: An Update – The Minnesota Project, August 2009
Transportation Biofuels in the United States is intended as a tool to provide an overview of the current status of major developments in the biofuels industry. The Minnesota Project highlights recent changes in biofuels production processes, biomass development, and federal level policies such as the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. They also review unavoidable issues including the food versus fuel debate and the difficult indirect land use change debate.
TranAtlas Alternative Fuels Interactive Map – NREL
This interactive map uses a Google Maps interface to display Existing and planned alternative fueling stations, Alternative fuel production facilities, Light-duty vehicle density, and Roads and political boundaries. Users can customize the map display, print, and query the underlying data. TransAtlas is part of a suite of geographic analysis tools for renewable energy developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Farm-scale Oil Extraction & Sustainable Uses for Oil and Meal – UMN RSDP and Partners, Summer 2008
As oil prices hover around $140/barrel, farmers are expressing interest in farm-based biofuel production to provide energy security and control of production costs. This project is focused on farm-scale opportunities to press oil from oilseed crops, specifically canola and sunflower, and utilize the products on-farm as an economically viable replacement for diesel fuel and livestock feed. The report is the result of work by many partners, including the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; UMN Extension; UM-Crookston; UMN Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership; Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; Northwest Minnesota Foundation; Clean Energy Resource Teams; Pembina Trail Resource Conservation and Development; farmers Kraig Lee, Steve Dahl, and Glen Nelson; and contributors Paul Aakre, Derek Crompton, Seth Fore, Linda Kingery, Harouna Maiga, Paul Porter.
Transportation Policy and Technology Options to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Minnesota – Center for Transportation Studies
The result of a 13-month study, this report shows that E20—-a blend of fuel containing 80 percent gasoline and 20 percent ethanol—-has no negative impact on the drivability and maintenance of late-model cars and trucks, among other findings.
Biomass for Electricity Generation – U.S. Department of Energy
This report assesses the future of ethanol from various feedstocks. Includes overview of ethanol production from cellulose and a history of ethanol.
Agricultural Utilization and Research Institute (AURI)
AURI was recently awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to open the Center for Producer-Owned Energy, which will assist renewable-energy projects initiated by producers. Located in Marshall, Minnesota, the Center will focus on such technologies as biodiesel, ethanol, and biomass-generated electricity as well as on finding new uses for energy coproducts such as distiller’s dry grains. For more information, contact: Michael Sparby, Morris office, 320-582-7280, email@example.com.
This Web site is a clearing house of resources on ethanol and other carbohydrate-based fuels.
Center for Diesel Research – University of Minnesota
The Center conducts research on the potential of biodiesel to generate electricity. For more info, contact: Kelly Strebig, 651.457.1404, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use of Biodiesel in a Transit Fleet: A Synthesis of Transit Practice – Tranist Research Board – 2007
This report, part of the Transit Cooperative Research Program and funded by the Federal Transit Administration, is of interest to transit agency managers, maintenance and operation staffs, and other professionals involved in developing a program to actively manage the implementation of biodiesel fuel and its use in a bus transit fleet. It documents a full range of benefits offered by biodiesel with the thought that once the subject is understood, transit agencies can make informed decisions regarding its use.
The Biodiesel Plant Development Handbook – Agricultural Utilization Research Institute
Minnesota has a growing biodiesel industry, highlighted by several producer-owned plants and more than 60 million gallons of annual production capacity. While the industry is in a growing phase, that growth needs to be controlled. An AURI-sponsored report focuses on the current status and future possibilities for the industry in Minnesota.
Biofuels: Brazil and the USA – Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas
Upper Midwest Hydrogen Initiative – Great Plains Institute
An affiliate of the National Hydrogen Association, this Initiative focuses on the research and development of hydrogen fuel cells as a renewable fuel in the Upper Midwest. Provide news, reports, and numerous links.
Farm Applications for Solar Power – National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
The Information Service provides a number of great publications and case studies, from solar livestock watering to solar greenhouses. Renewable Energy Opportunities on the Farm is their more comprehensive resource.