On Wednesday, the Minnesota Senate Agriculture Committee heard a bill to shift the state’s fuel standard to E15. “The bill would raise Minnesota’s fuel standards from the 10 percent ethanol blend,” said Torrey Westrom, Senator and author of the bill. “This would extend the ethanol standard by July 2022.” A similar bill was heard in the Legislature last year. Minnesota Corn Growers Association Board Member Brian Thalmann said there are infrastructure updates in the new bill. “New fuel station infrastructure is compatible for blends over E15. The bigger challenges are smaller locations. Any station selling 300,000 gallons of gas or less would be exempt from this standard.” Thalmann testified in favor of the bill. The committee did not take a final vote on the bill, but this may be included in a bigger bill later in the session.
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