MPM 93rd Annual Convention
and Trade Show
April 11 - 13, 2016
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Minnesota Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership
UPDATED - Deadline Extension
On October 28, 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) had been awarded $8 million through the Biofuels Infrastructure Program (BIP). This $8 million along with $6.11 million in matching funds from the MDA and private partners makes up the fund available for this request for proposals (RFP), which is soliciting project proposals that will be reviewed for consideration in making awards for the purchase and installation of ethanol-compatible infrastructure at fueling stations in the state.
Per the USDA in their Request for Applications dated June 18, 2015, “The primary objective of the BIP is to increase consumption of biofuel in the form of ethanol.” The resulting contract with the USDA-FSA provides funding for infrastructure in the following categories:
- E15/25 retrofits of existing gasoline pumps;
- Blender pumps capable of dispensing E85, E15 and potentially other mid-level ethanol blends;
- Dedicated E85 pumps;
- Underground storage tanks for ethanol blends; and
- Above-ground bulk storage for ethanol blends.
Review the RFP (PDF: 446 KB / 7 pages) for pertinent information regarding submission of proposals and grant process.
Deadline extended two weeks, from January 22 to February 5th at 4 pm. Deadline will not be extended beyond this due to deadlines with the USDA-MDA Contract.
Notice of Biodiesel Outage and Waiver at Magellen Terminal-Roseville-MN
The Magellan terminal located in Roseville, Minnesota has notified the Minnesota Department of Commerce Weights and Measures Division that the terminal does not have biodiesel available for loading at the rack as of 4:45 AM, January 11, 2016.
Retailers may be granted a waiver under Minnesota Statutes §239.80 on diesel loads bought from Magellan terminal in Roseville during the biodiesel outage if:
1. The Retailer, or its purchasing agent, was already an existing customer of Magellan terminal in Roseville at the time of the biodiesel outage;
2. The Retailer is obligated to meet the requirements of Minnesota Statutes §239.77 because the Retailer sells diesel fuel for use in internal combustion engines; and
3. The Retailer had insufficient time to arrange for alternative sources of biodiesel to meet statutory requirements.
The Weights and Measures Division will determine a Retailer’s eligibility for this waiver through bills of lading or other information obtained by the Weights and Measures Division from the Retailer and from Magellan terminal Roseville under the auditing authority granted in Minnesota Statutes §§239.011, 239.75, and 239.753.
This waiver will remain in effect until 4:45 AM, January 13, 2016 or until biodiesel is restored at the rack, whichever comes first.
Diesel sold for use in combustion engines under any conditions other than those outlined in a waiver granted by the Weights and Measures Division must have the minimum amount of biodiesel required under Minnesota Statutes §239.77, or Retailers may face penalties under Minnesota Statutes §239.80.
We have had a few calls to the Association office regarding the sale of B-10 in Minnesota. On April 30, 2014 Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill that modified the biodiesel mandate chapter 239.77. The following should help you understand the changes and what actions you will need to take to sell biodiesel at retail…
• On April 1, 2015 through September 30, 2015, considered warm months, the biodiesel content must be at least 10% biodiesel fuel by volume going forward.
• During the cold weather months, October 1 through March 31, the biodiesel mandate reverts back to at least 5% biodiesel fuel by volume.
• On April 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018 the biodiesel mandate moves to 20% biodiesel fuel by volume.
• #2 Biodiesel Exemptions include…
• Motors located at an electric generating plant regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
• Railroad locomotives.
• Off-road taconite and copper mining equipment and machinery.
• Off-road logging equipment and machinery.
• Vessels of the United States Coast Guard and vessels subject to inspection under United States Code, title 46, section 3301.
• Generators tested and validated by an entity that designs and manufactures the generators for use in jurisdictions where biodiesel use is not required.
• The exemptions listed above do not have a sunset date.
• Number 1 diesel fuel is exempt year round until May 21, 2020.
• The Federal Trade Commission sticker (see below) is required at the point-of-sale on all retail diesel fuel pumps.