Sioux Falls, SD — Today (Oct. 7), Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz directed the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Minnesota Department of Transportation to lead engagement of a broad range of stakeholders across the state to help inform a new Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) in Minnesota.
American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings issued the following statement of support for this directive:
“We thank Governor Walz for issuing this directive to explore and pursue a new Clean Fuel Standard in Minnesota.
"The governor’s action today combined with the significant progress the bipartisan Future Fuels Act made in this year’s Minnesota legislative session demonstrates real momentum for getting a CFS in the state.
"A properly crafted CFS will increase the use of E15 and higher blends in the state and reward farmers for climate-smart practices that help reduce the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of corn ethanol.
“We are proud that the Future Fuels Act legislation and governor’s efforts are in part based on the groundwork by the Great Plains Institute, ACE, and others to form the Midwest Clean Fuels Policy Initiative, a diverse coalition of agriculture, environmental, scientific, electric vehicle, and biofuel organizations in support of a technology-neutral and market-based approach to decarbonize transportation fuels.
"Rather than having the government pick winners and losers, our coalition supports a portfolio of low-carbon fuels, a level playing field, and fair competition to benefit biofuel producers, consumers, agriculture, utilities, and public health.
"We are grateful the Future Fuels Act is modeled after recommendations our coalition published in 2020, A Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest.”