Minnesota Offers Biodiesel Blending Grants

John Davis

The State of Minnesota is offering $300,000 in grants to help its biodiesel industry.

This story from the Alexandria (MN) Echo Press says the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is accepting proposals for grants for owners of facilities that supply petroleum products to customers who sell, use, or transport fuel in the state of Minnesota:

The facilities should be located on or near a petroleum terminal and have an infrastructure that can be designed to blend cold weather biodiesel with conventional diesel fuels.

Cold weather biodiesel is a high-quality biodiesel blend that can be used successfully year-round, even in the coldest climates.

Grant funds may be used to offset the cost of necessary infrastructure equipment including but not limited to tank, pipe, valves, meters, pumps and heating equipment plus the cost of engineering, fabrication and installation.

The article goes on to say that the proposals need to have a description and cost of the proposed blending facilities and assurances that they will provide biodiesel-blended fuels to the Minnesota diesel fuel market, even in cold weather.

Check out the MDA Web site, www.mda.state.mn.us, for more information. Applications are due by November 28th at 4 p.m. CST.