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December 2013 Newsletter
Reflections on Hot Biofuel Issues:  
Don't let them take us backwards!
Did you hear the news?  The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) is proposing to roll back the amount of biofuels, like ethanol, to be mixed with gasoline.  Why?  When you dig deep into the rationale it goes like this: because the oil industry doesn't want to blend more biofuels into gasoline!

Those of us who care about having fuel choice at the pump, saving money when fueling up, keeping the Minnesota biofuel producers that support over 12,000 jobs strong, decreasing pollution and keeping billions of energy dollars in Minnesota need to give the U.S. EPA an important reminder.

*    The Energy Policy Act of 2005, from eight long years ago, was the big hint given to the oil companies that they needed to do something about blending increasing amounts of biofuels, like ethanol, into the nation's fuel supply for motor vehicles.

Biofuel  News Available Through the MBA Homepage 
1. Klobuchar.Senate.Gov: Klobuchar, Bipartisan Group of Senators Meet With EPA Administrator McCarthy To Call For Changes To The Proposed RFS 2014 Rule
2. Renewable Fuels Association:
Celebrating Six Years of the RFS
3. Star Tribune:
Big Ethanol Plant In Fairmont, Minn., Reopening
Walz Voices Opposition to Changes in Renewable Fuel Standards
EPA RFS Proposal: A Slap in the Face of Vets
6. Fuels America:
Take a Stand for Lower Gas Prices
7. Biodiesel Magazine:
Big Oil Reaps $23 Billion Windfall - In One Day
8. Star Tribune:
Ethanol makers may be looking for new markets
9. AgWired:
Iowa Farmer Claims AP Report is Misleading
10. US EPA:
EPA Proposed Biofuels Rule Is a Step Backwards
11. DomesticFuel:
Vilsack Comments on the Slashing of the RFS by the EPA
12. AgWired:
Iowa Farmer Claims AP Report is Misleading
13. Renewable Fuels Association:
The Associated Press "investigative reporting" provides a skewed look at ethanol production
14. MBA:
Drivers Now Have Affordable, High Octane E-15 Renewable Fuel at the Pump
15. Star Tribune
: E15 fuel arrives in Twin Cities -- it's 15 cents a gallon cheaper than E10
16. USA Today
: U.S. oil supply looks vulnerable 40 years after embargo
E15 Has Officially Arrived in Minnesota! 
Now drivers of 2001 or newer vehicles have more fuel choices as the first Minneapolis fuel retailer offers the higher octane E15 renewable fuel for less than the price of regular gasoline. The fueling equipment at the new Penn Minnoco service station was made possible, in part, through a public-private partnership between the station owner and a coalition comprised of the American Lung Association in Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Growth Energy, Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association and Minnesota Corn/Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council. Read the Full Story

Check out photos from the
Grand Opening and E15 Station Promotion


In August, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton officially proclaimed October 2013 as 'BIOFUELS MONTH'. Throughout the month of October MBA celebrated with biofuels facts, trivia, and ticket giveaways on our Facebook page. Congratulations to our ticket giveaway winners!

  • Minnesota Vikings Tickets: Carl F.
  • Minnesota Wild Tickets: Brian R.
  • ValleyScare Tickets: Melissa C.
  • Minnesota Zoo Tickets: Lori M.
  • $100 Visa Card: Emily B. 
Sign the Petition Requesting E15 Sales in Minnesota 

As part of the campaign to bring E15 to the marketplace so consumers can save money, keep energy dollars in Minnesota and help improve environmental quality, the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association has unveiled a petition form for consumers to sign.  We invite you to review the short petition and express your support for E15 by signing the petition here: MBA E15 PETITION     

New Member Update 

Recently MBA welcomed three new Vendor Members: Merjent, U.S. Energy Services, and Willis of Minnesota to our membership ranks. The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association genuinely appreciates the membership support of these three leading organizations.






Interested in MBA membership?  

Please visit the Join MBA page for more information 

Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association - Vendor Member Spotlight 
In October, introduced its first Vendor Member Spotlight, highlighting Beta Tec Hop Products.

William Popa, the Director of Sales for North America for Beta Tec Hop Products, kindly shared his thoughts regarding biofuels and what he envisions for the future.
Please find the spotlight here, Vendor Member Spotlights as well as previous member spotlights and newsletters.
WANTED: Potential E15 Retailers
Grant funding ($$$) is now available to help a limited number of retailers update their fuel dispensing systems so they can offer consumers choice at the pump by making E15 available!  If you are a fuel retailer and are interested in increasing your profitability with E-15 sales, please contact for more details about the grant program. The transition to E15 sales can be made just a bit easier with the information MBA provides on the E-15 page or in the E-15 Retailer Handbook.
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