Biodiesel

Leading the nation in biodiesel advancement

The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, along with industry partners, helped craft legislation to make Minnesota the first state in the nation to require biodiesel in diesel blends in the state. In 2018, Minnesota became the first state to require B20, or 20 percent biodiesel, be sold during the summer months. B20 is required from April 1 to September 30 and B5 is required during the remaining winter months.

Because it is made from a locally-grown, renewable resource, using biodiesel can help boost Minnesota’s farm economy and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

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Biodiesel B20 – the legislative road

2004

First biodiesel plant opens Dec. 14 with capacity of 3M gallons

2005

MN opens two more biodiesel plants

2005

MN becomes first state in the nation to require (B2) 2% blend of biodiesel

2007

Gov. Tim Pawlenty announces renewable plan to grow biodiesel to 20% blends

2009

MN becomes first state in the nation to require (B5) 5% blend of biodiesel

2014

MN becomes first state in the nation to require (B10) 10% blend of biodiesel

2018

MN becomes first state in the nation to require (B20) 20% blend of biodiesel

Cleaning Minnesota’s air with biodiesel

Besides being an alternative fuel to petroleum diesel, biodiesel offers a number of health benefits. The U.S. EPA recognizes biodiesel as the only advanced biofuel for its ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent. In Minnesota, using B20 in the summer and B5 in the winter has an effect equal to removing the emissions from nearly 202,000 vehicles from the roads each year.

Equivalent vehicles removed annually using biodiesel blends in Minnesota is like removing vehicles from our roads.

Diesel hotline or biodiesel help

The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council invests checkoff money into resources to ensure users of biodiesel in Minnesota have access to information if there is a suspected fuel issue. Anyone experiencing diesel issues can contact MEG Corp. through its diesel hotline at 1-800-929-3437 or by email at info@megcorpmn.com.

Biodiesel producers

A substantial portion of Minnesota’s biodiesel is made from Minnesota grown soybeans. The three biodiesel plants located in the state produce about 74 million gallons of biodiesel annually.

REG Albert Lea, LLC

REG Albert Lea, LLC is a commercial scale, state-of-the-art biodiesel production facility. The multi-feedstock refinery manufactures approximately 30 million gallons of high quality biodiesel each year.

15200 78th Avenue
Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007
(507) 448-0124

Minnesota Soybean Processors

Minnesota Soybean Processors is a 2350+ membership cooperative that owns and operates a soybean crush facility and biodiesel operation in Brewster, Minnesota.

Box 100
Brewester, MN 56119
(507) 842-6677

Ever Cat Fuels, LLC

Ever Cat Fuels, LLC of Isanti uses a green-chemical process to turn used cooking oils and other waste into roughly 3 million gallons of biodiesel fuel.

617 Pierce Street
Anoka, MN 55303
(763) 421-1072