Minnesota B20 biodiesel standard to take effect in 2018

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The state of Minnesota will implement a new biodiesel standard next spring, as Minnesota moves to a 20% biodiesel blend (B20) at pumps across the state. This new standard builds on Minnesota’s national leadership—in 2005, Minnesota became the first state in the nation to require all diesel fuel to have a blend of at least 2% biodiesel (B2). A large portion of Minnesota’s biodiesel is made from homegrown soybeans, which are one of the state’s leading cash crops.

New York adds electric-car purchase incentives, Minnesota may follow

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New York has just added budget provisions for an electric-car incentive program during the upcoming fiscal year, and Minnesota is close to passing similar measures as. New York Minnesota incentives plug-in cars state laws transportation policyPurchase incentives have proven to be a powerful tool for electric-car adoption in those states that offer them. And now it seems two more states may be ready to join that group.

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Minnesota Plug-in Law

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R epresentative Frank Hornstein reports that House File 3718 has passed, and that Minnesota is the first state to join the push for plug-in hybrids. A task force has been created from business, government and utility representatives to develop a plan to build the cars in Minnesota.

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Another study confirms electric cars have lower carbon emissions, in Minnesota this time

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Carbon Footprint emissions Minnesota greenhouse gas electric utilities plug-in carsIt's a very reasonable question: electric cars themselves have no tailpipe emissions, but what about the power plants used to recharge them? After more than a dozen studies and five-plus years of plug-in car sales, we know the answer. In North America, an electric car charged on even the dirtiest, most coal-intensive electric grid in the nation.

Minnesota Energy Coop Offers Renewable Power To Electric-Car Owners, At No Extra Cost

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Now a Minnesota energy cooperative is offering all-renewable. Minnesota electric utilities plug-in cars renewable energy wind energyMany electric-car owners start to think more seriously about the source of their electricity when they plug their cars in to recharge. And at least in California, data show that owners of plug-in electric cars have far higher interest in photovoltaic solar panels than drivers at large.

Minnesota RFS Now Requires 5% Biodiesel

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Minnesota’s state Renewable Fuel Standard now requires that diesel fuel contain a 5% blend of biodiesel, up from its previous 2% (B2) requirement. According to analysis from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the state’s B2 Fuel Standard added an average of just 4/10 of a penny to the cost of a gallon of diesel during the last three years.

Minnesota Leads Nation, Mandates Off-Peak Electric-Car Charging Rates

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Minnesota has now become the first state Government incentives continue to play an important role in electric-car adoption, encouraging drivers to plug in by sending them checks or giving them solo access to carpool lanes. However, despite higher purchase costs, electric cars are attractive due to another major financial factor: home recharging.

U. Minnesota team develops Lagrangian technique to identify NOx hotspots; opportunity for connected vehicles and big data

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota have introduced a new method for identifying NO x emissions hotspots using high-fidelity Lagrangian vehicle data to explore spatial interactions that may influence emissions production.

U Minnesota researchers create synthetic biopathway to turn biomass into green products; “bio-spandex” and more

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota have engineered a new synthetic biopathway that can more efficiently and cost-effectively turn agricultural waste such corn stover and orange peels into a variety of useful products ranging from spandex to chicken feed.

Tesla Wins One In Minnesota: Bill To Ban Its Stores Defeated

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It read, in its entirety, "Minnesota auto dealers tried to pass legislation to block Tesla stores. And indeed, a Minnesota Senate committee voted down the bill. Like a lot of news from Tesla, this came in the form of a tweet by CEO Elon Musk on Friday morning.

U. of Minnesota researchers demonstrate new method for direct conversion of heat to electricity

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota have demonstrated a new method for the direct conversion of heat to electricity using a multiferroic alloy, Ni 45 Co 5 Mn 40 Sn 10 , which they had discovered earlier (Srivastava 2010).

Rice, Minnesota scientists use predictive modeling to identify optimized zeolites to aid ethanol, petroleum production

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Scientists at Rice University and the University of Minnesota have identified , through a large-scale, multi-step computational screening process, promising zeolite structures for two energy-related applications: the purification of ?ethanol Deem is co-author of the new study led by University of Minnesota chemist Ilja Siepmann. Siepmann is director of the Minnesota-based Nanoporous Materials Genome Center, of which Deem is a member.

Sustainable Rail International, U of Minnesota partner to develop most powerful carbon-neutral locomotive, using new steam engine and biocoal

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CSR Project 130 will draw on the carbon-neutral solid biofuel research expertise of the University of Minnesota and the modern steam mechanical engineering capabilities of SRI.

Minnesota Tesla Owners Show Banned Model S To Iowa Electric-Car Shoppers

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If you were you a group of Tesla owners in Minnesota, you might just take matters into your own hands. Suppose auto dealers in a neighboring state pressured their DoT to make Tesla Motors stop giving test drives of its Model S electric car--the same kind it now offers in more than a dozen other states. What would you do? You might, in fact, drive

University of Minnesota, Morris and partners develop diesel genset fueled by biomass

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The University of Minnesota, Morris, in partnership with Cummins Power Generation and the University of Minnesota Center for Diesel Research, has developed a transportable diesel engine generator (genset) that can be powered by biomass, called the PowerTrainer.

12% of Fuel Consumed by Minnesota State LDV Fleet in 1Q2009 Was E85; 37% Increase Year-on-Year

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The state of Minnesota’s fleet of vehicles is increasing its consumptioon of E85 ethanol, according to a new quarterly report from the Minnesota SmartFleet Committee, a group tasked with helping to reduce the state’s use of petroleum fuels in favor of fuels such as E85 and biodiesel. The American Lung Association in Minnesota issued a press release with the figures. Minnesota has more than 360 E85 outlets, more than any other state.

ISE Heavy-Duty Gasoline Hybrid-Electric Drive Systems Available to Any US Transit Agency Through Minnesota DOT Contract

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The State of Minnesota Department of Transportation (MN-DOT) has approved two ISE bus manufacturer partners—New Flyer and ElDorado—to supply their chassis together with ISE’s gasoline series hybrid-electric drive system as a qualified option under the terms of the recently released contract. Each OEM could sell up to 500 hybrid buses under the Minnesota DOT Contract, assuming Minnesota DOT exercises the bus options or transfers the options to another agency.

U of Minnesota team develops zeolite nanosheets; resulting molecular sieve membranes could make fuel and plastics production more energy-efficient and cost-effective

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After more than a decade of research, a University of Minnesota team of researchers has devised a means for developing free-standing, highly crystalline zeolite nanosheets that could make the production of gasoline, plastics and various chemicals more cost-effective and energy-efficient.

University of Minnesota Study Finds Cellulosic Ethanol Carries Lower Human Health Economic Costs Than Gasoline or Corn Ethanol

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A new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota finds that cellulosic ethanol has fewer negative effects on human health because it emits smaller amounts of fine particulate matter. Jason Hill, lead author, resident fellow in the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. Research funding was provided in part by the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment, a signature program of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment

GE Opens Electric & Plug-In Test Center In Eden Prairie, Minnesota

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The most effective way of getting regular consumers to warm to electric vehicles, hybrids and other alternative fuel vehicles is to get them behind the wheel. The same applies to business customers, who may be in a position to buy a fleet of green vehicles to replacing ageing current fleets. That's why GE has opened an electric and plug-in test

Corn Belt Mayor Plugs In

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He's also moving the Minnesota city along a solar fast track. GreenOptions blog reports that Mayor RT Rybak of Minneapolis is now driving a plug-in hybrid. His daily drive, a Prius, has been converted.

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New Study Doesn't Say 'Electric Cars Aren't Green' (Headlines To The Contrary)

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Yesterday afternoon, the Associated Press covered a new study put out by the University of Minnesota that calculates the environmental impact of manufacturing and refueling vehicles with various powerplants. Brace yourself, electric-car fans and advocates.

DOE awarding $12M for early-stage research for natural gas engines and off-road fluid power systems

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University of Minnesota will receive $1.1 University of Minnesota will receive $1.4 The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $12 million to support early-stage research for natural gas engines and off-road fluid power systems.

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Summer Update

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On the state level, Minnesota became the first state in the Union to pass plug-in hybrid legislation. Roger Duncan gives Campaign Update The Plug-In Partners National Campaign has now been underway for six months.

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A change in this world!

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Opening large energy company's eyes to the possibility of a "Green Future" is what we have achieved in our small town of Elk River, Minnesota. Hello, I am an 8th grader who is trying to make a difference in the world. I am a part of a robotics team who has become national champions and been invited to Istanbul, Turkey which, in part, has to do with our research project. Our Goal: Changing America.

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Best Car To Buy 2015 Nominees, Iowa Tesla Rally, 2016 Mazda CX-3 LA Debut: Today's Car News

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We kick off the week with the nominees for our 2015 Best Car To Buy award, followed by Minnesota Tesla owners'' creative workaround of an Iowa test-drive ban, and a report that the 2016 Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover will debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

car2go pulls plug on car-sharing service in San Diego, Minneapolis/St. Paul

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Paul, Minnesota. Daimler’s car-sharing service car2go is suspending its operations in San Diego, California and in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. In San Diego, car2go faced a lack of use, the company said. In the Twin Cities, the issue is the high state car rental taxation rates. car2go will continue to operate as normal in both locations until 31 December 2016, at which time all vehicles will be taken out of service and will no longer appear in the car2go app.

2016 Nissan Leaf, Frankfurt Motor Show, Tesla Owners Thank Salespeople: Today's Car News

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Tesla owners in Minnesota. Today, we have details on the 2017 Nissan Leaf, a green-car preview of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, and a party thrown by appreciative Tesla owners for sales and service staff. All this and more on Green Car Reports. The 2016 Nissan Leaf now offers 107 miles of range with a new optional 30-kilowatt-hour batter pack. Today in Car News

U Minn seeking to license new process to produce isoprene from biomass at high yield; green tires

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Researchers from the University of Minnesota, with colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, have developed a new high-yield process—a hybrid of fermentation followed by thermochemical catalysis—to produce renewable isoprene from biomass. With a less expensive precursor and a high yield,; the Minnesota method is not only economically viable, but economically competitive with current petroleum processes, the University claims.

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Real Men of Greenius

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When Sam’s quoting other folks he likes to recall the words of the late and very great Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota: If we don’t fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we don’t really stand for them.

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CenterPoint adding natural gas vehicles to fleet, more fueling stations

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CenterPoint Energy, a US energy delivery company, is adding 35 natural gas vehicles to its fleet across Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. The expected 2013 additions will bring the number of natural gas fueling stations in CenterPoint Energy’s service territory to at least 49, with the majority located in Texas, Oklahoma and Minnesota.

Chicago Plugging Green

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Minnesota Dept. T hrough the leadership of Mayor Richard Daley , the City of Chicago has joined Plug In Partners with a big bang by committing to purchase 850 plug in hybrid vehicles. Recently, Chicago's greening was highlighted in Time.

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2016 Mazda CX-5, 2016 Chevy Cruze Tease, MN Renewable Energy: Today's Car News

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Today, read our gas mileage review of the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring, see the first teaser image of the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, and check out the Minnesota coop that's offering renewable power to electric-car drivers. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We've got one last update to our monthly plug-in electric car sales report. Meanwhile in. Today in Car News

3 More Reasons I’m Happy I Dumped the Democrats

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The other, Congressman Collin Peterson , comes from the once progressive state of Minnesota, now more famous as the home of the Tea Party Princess, Michele Bachmann.

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Mn/DOT assessing potential for mileage-based user fee to replace fuel tax; Battelle conducting technology assessment

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) will recruit 500 people from Wright and Hennepin counties to take part in research to test technology that could someday be used to collect a mileage-based user fee (MBUF) in lieu of a gasoline tax. Mn/DOT will start recruiting volunteers for the Minnesota Road Fee Test in May and research will begin in July 2011. In 2007 the Minnesota Legislature appropriated $5 million from the trunk highway fund for the demonstration.

EIA: E85 fueling station availability is increasing, but slowly; in 2% of all retail stations

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According to the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC), Minnesota continues to lead the nation, with 336 E85 retail locations. Several state—Minnesota and North Carolina—reported fewer E85 retail locations in 2013 than the year before.

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Gevo signs definitive supply agreement with HCS Holding for commercial supply of renewable isooctane

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The supply agreement contains a selling price that is expected to allow for an appropriate level of return on the capital required to build out Gevo’s existing production facility in Luverne, Minnesota. Gevo would supply this isooctane from its first commercial hydrocarbon facility, which is expected to be built at Gevo’s existing isobutanol production facility located in Luverne, Minnesota (the “Expanded Luverne Plant”). Gevo, Inc.

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Gevo begins retrofit of first commercial-scale bio-based isobutanol plant

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a renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company, has begun the retrofit of its ethanol facility in Luverne, Minnesota, to produce bio-based isobutanol. Gevo acquired the Luverne, Minnesota plant, which has an isobutanol production capacity of 18 million gallons per year, from Agri-Energy LLC in September 2010. Gevo, Inc., Earlier post.) The retrofit, expected to be complete by next summer, will make this facility the first commercial-scale bio-based isobutanol plant, Gevo notes.

Environmental Charter High School Gets Solar; Greenius Goes EcoMedia

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Alison Diaz (with scissors) along with ECHS staff and supporters about to cut the ribbon in front of Environmental Charter High School's new solar-powered greenhouse. photo by Glenn Marzano).

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U Minn researchers develop bio-based elastomers from recoverable methyl valerolactone; tires, gaskets, seals, etc.

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed and demonstrated at laboratory scale a novel process to synthesize low-cost, polymeric valerolactones with tunable mechanical properties and low glass transition temperatures. The University of Minnesota method overcomes these obstacles by combining a MVL monomer and crosslinking methods.

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