Minnesota funds E15, E85 fuel infrastructure project

By Erin Voegele | August 07, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture announced Aug. 6 funding for a bioenergy pilot plant and three biofuel blending infrastructure projects, including one that that focuses on E15 and E85 distribution.

The MDA has awarded $82,687.40 to Denco II LLC, a 24 MMgy ethanol plant in Morris, Minnesota. The funding will be used to upgrade the company’s Morris site to offer E15 fuel to the local marketplace and create an E85 product using regular gasoline.

The MDA also awarded $185,465 to Kwik Trip Inc. to expand its existing biofuel blending facility in Eyota, Minnesota, and $113,050 to Renewable Energy Group in Albert Lee, Minnesota, to install and upgrade tanks and dispensers at local fueling locations and a conversion system to fleet vehicles that will allow them to operate on B100.

The three fuel infrastructure projects were awarded biofuel blending infrastructure grants through the MDA’s Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation program. The pilot plant, under development by Plasma Blue, was awarded $150,000 under the AGRI bioenergy/biochemical pilot project grant program to scale up its plasma technology pilot plant at the University of Minnesota toward real-world use in biodiesel production.