Minnesota becomes latest state to adopt California clean car standards

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Minnesota has become the latest state to adopt California clean car standards; the new standards were finalized by a notice in the state register on Monday. Original map from Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Talon Metals to supply Tesla with nickel from Tamarack Project in central Minnesota

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through its US subsidiary Talon Nickel (USA) LLC, entered into an agreement with Tesla for the supply and purchase of nickel concentrate to be produced from the Tamarack Nickel Project in Aitkin County, Minnesota. Talon Metals Corp.,


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Minnesota adopting California electric car rules, will bring more EVs to Midwest

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Minnesota could be the latest state—and the first in the Midwest—to adopt California's emissions rules, requiring greater fuel efficiency than federal standards.

Minnesota adopts California EV mandate, makes it tougher for plug-in "compliance cars"

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Minnesota has officially become the first Midwestern state to adopt California's stricter emissions standards, as well as a zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate requiring the highest-volume automakers to sell electric cars.

Tucson Hybrid mpg report, Minnesota EV mandate, Biden emissions standards: Today’s Car News

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Minnesota’s mandate of EVs could change the equation around “compliance car” plug-ins that automakers only sell in some of the U.S.

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.

MPCA to expand EV charging network by more than 2,500 miles in Greater Minnesota; 38 additional fast chargers

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Traveling east-west across northern Minnesota on MN-1 between Ely and Thief River Falls.

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EGEB: Minnesota’s largest utility files to replace coal plants with huge solar


In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): Xcel Energy has filed to replace its coal plants with what would be the largest solar farm in Minnesota. more… The post EGEB: Minnesota’s largest utility files to replace coal plants with huge solar appeared first on Electrek.

Minnesota moving to B10 biodiesel mandate

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The Minnesota Departments of Agriculture, Commerce and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced the move to a B10 biodiesel mandate for the state for warm-weather months (April-October) in a letter published in the Minnesota State Register. State legislation ( Minnesota Statutes § 239.77, Subd.

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.

EGEB: Minnesota wins by compromising over a wind and solar farm and a historic site


In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): A big clean energy project will go forward in Minnesota without impacting an ancient site. more… The post EGEB: Minnesota wins by compromising over a wind and solar farm and a historic site appeared first on Electrek.

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.

Tesla Chooses Talon Metals In Minnesota For Nickel Supply


Currently, almost no nickel is being produced in the US, a state of affairs Musk called “objectively very lame

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.

Utah, Minnesota team discover highly conductive oxide-based materials; STO/NTO offer “different road to power electronics”

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Engineers from the University of Utah and the University of Minnesota have discovered that interfacing two particular oxide-based materials—strontium titanate (STO) and neodymium titanate (NTO)—makes them highly conductive, a boon for future power electronics that could result in more power-efficient laptops, electric cars and home appliances that also don’t need cumbersome power supplies.

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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.

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Minnesota is the first state in the Midwest to adopt clean car standards

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Plug In America applauds the state of Minnesota and Gov. This makes Minnesota the first state in the Midwest and the 15th state in the nation to pass such a standard. Tim Walz for adopting the clean car standards, which require that automakers sell zero-emission vehicles in the state. The law will significantly increase the number of electric vehicles (EVs) available to Minnesotans, giving them greater consumer choice.

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.

Argonne supercomputer helped Rice/Minnesota team identify materials to improve fuel production

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Scientists at Rice University and the University of Minnesota recently identified, through a large-scale, multi-step computational screening process, promising zeolite structures for two fuel applications: purification of ​ethanol from fermentation broths and the hydroisomerization of alkanes with 18–30 carbon atoms encountered in petroleum refining. —Ilja Siepmann, a University of Minnesota chemistry professor and director of the DOE-funded Nanoporous Materials Genome Center.

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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.

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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.

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

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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). In the lab, University of Minnesota researchers show how the multiferroic material begins as a non-magnetic material then suddenly becomes strongly magnetic as the piece of copper below is heated a small amount.

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

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The Coalition for Sustainable Rail (CSR)—a collaboration of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment (IonE) and the nonprofit Sustainable Rail International (SRI)— plans to develop what it calls the most powerful carbon-neutral locomotive to date, proving the viability of solid biofuel and modern steam locomotive technology.

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Times Are A-Changin: Minnesota Set To Become 15th Clean Car State


How long will it take before a majority of states join in? We're getting there

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. Here is the story from the Brownfield Network Plug-in hybrid flexible-fueled cars on the way Thursday, June 8, 2006, 2:01 PM by Bob Meyer Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has signed a law promoting plug-in hybrid flexible-fueled vehicles.

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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. Looking at the problem as one of fluid flow analysis, the Minnesota team said, such analyses can be viewed as Eulerian—they measure emissions of passing vehicles from a stationary frame of reference to give a sense of the emissions from traffic flowing by.

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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. Bill was just defeated in Senate. Thanks MN!" Score one for Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA], at

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.

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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.

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President Biden Clears Way for States to Curb Vehicle Pollution

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Originally published on the NRDC Expert Blog. By Luke Tonachel President Biden is following through on his promise to re-establish the long-held authority of governors to adopt vehicle pollution regulations to protect the health and welfare of people in their states.

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. Relaxed surface structures of the MWW and MFI nanosheets. Si, O, and H atoms are colored in yellow, red, and white, respectively. (A

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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

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Could an "electric fuel" tax for EV use help states solve the gas-tax dilemma?

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Minnesota's solution? A new bill circulating through the Minnesota legislature calls for an "electric fuel" tax for EVs.

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

Niron Magnetics raises $21.3M to commercialize rare-earth-free iron-nitride magnets

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The Volvo Cars Tech Fund and Volta Energy Technologies join existing investors Anzu Partners and the University of Minnesota. Niron will use the funding to build its pilot production facility in Minnesota and accelerate the development of its Clean Earth Magnet technology.

Beneficial Electrification League launches rural electric school bus initiative

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The Beneficial Electrification League (BEL), a Minnesota-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing understanding on the benefits of electrification through education, announced a new initiative to accelerate the deployment of electric school buses (ESBs) in electric cooperative service territories throughout the country. Minnesota Rural Electric Association (representing 50 electric cooperatives).

S Dakota, Minnesota governors ask Trump to direct EPA to reduce toxic aromatics in gasoline

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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Chair of the Governor’s Biofuels Coalition, and Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem sent a joint letter to President Trump requesting that he direct the EPA to enforce Section 202 of the Clean Air Act that requires the reduction and elimination of toxic carcinogenic aromatics from gasoline.

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Midwest governors agree on EV charging-network plan

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First reported by NPR, the Regional Electric Vehicle Midwest Coalition—REV Midwest—plans to set up charging stations across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Warren, MN, uses drones, thermal sensors to map its heat-leaking homes


Enterprising officials from the Minnesota town of Warren are using drones equipped with thermal sensors to gauge heat seepage from local buildings and houses as part of a public service to help homeowners cut spending on energy.

EV market trends, in-depth

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In 12 EV market trends to watch in 2022 , Jukka Kukkonen, president of the Minnesota Electric Vehicle Owners discusses the change in public perception on range issues, the move toward pickups and crossovers, and more. EVA chapter member publishes informative guide.

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US EIA: Iowa produced more than one-quarter of all US-produced fuel ethanol in 2018

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Other Midwestern states that produced more than one billion gallons were Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, and South Dakota. In 2018, Iowa produced 4.21

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