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    Recharge Wrap-up: Minnesota first to require biodiesel, maglev in Israel, Toyota FCV in Aspen
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    A new Minnesota law that requires biodiesel blends goes into effect in just a few days, says KELO. Diesel drivers in Minnesota will be pumping soybeans into their tank beginning July 1. Every year, diesel will be sold as a B10 blend (ten percent biofuel) from April through August, and will scale ...

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    Official: Minnesota scores first-in-US statewide EV charging discount rate
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    The Land of 10,000 Lakes is now No. 1 when it comes to cutting electric-vehicle recharging rates. Minnesota has become the first state in the union to require investor-owned utilities to offer consumers discounted rates for EV charging during off-peak hours. You betcha. More than 1.3 million ...

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    Official: E85 availability increasing across US, especially outside Midwest
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    E85. It's not just for flyover states anymore. That could be the newest slogan of the 85-percent ethanol blend now that the biofuel is proliferating in areas other than the Midwestern corn-growing states. The Midwest's share of E85 stations fell to 36 percent last year, down from 54 percent ...

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    Report: Car2go comes to Minneapolis, goes Livestrong
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    What about St. Paul? That's what some Minnesotans may be asking after Daimler-owned car-sharing service Car2go announced that it will start service in Minneapolis in September. Car2go is putting 300 Smart Fortwo two-seaters into service in Minneapolis, letting subscribers use and park the cars ...

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    Report: Tesla faces increased dealer opposition to opening stores in Minnesota
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    Yes, MADA's a little, uh, mad, about the prospect of Tesla Motors opening stores in the Land 'o Lakes. Tesla is facing increased opposition from Minnesota auto dealers to the California-based electric-vehicle maker's plans to open stores in the state, Automotive News reports. The Minnesota ...

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    Video: Tesla Model S prowls across the ice and snow
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    Seeing electric vehicles prance around in the snow is becoming a common occurrence, whether done by journalists, speed demons or EV fans. But we never mind seeing more, especially when it's the Tesla Model S. Tesla engineers took the Model S to the Automotive Enviro Testing center in ...

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    Minnesota studying mileage-based user fee to replace gas tax
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    The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MN-DOT) is looking to recruit 500 residents of Wright and Hennepin counties to test technology that could eventually be used to collect a mileage-based user fee (MBUF) in lieu of the state's gasoline tax. Cory Johnson, MN-DOT project manager, claims ...

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    Ethanol will get you free parking at Vikings games, sort of
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    Here's the problem with flex-fuel vehicles. Also known at E85-capable, flexfuel rides can burn straight gasoline or a gasoline/ethanol blend that is up to 85 percent ethanol. But, since they don't need ethanol, the reality is that most people fill up with petroleum pure and call it a day (in most ...

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    Minnesota auditor calls for an end to ethanol subsidies
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    As one of the biggest corn-producing states in the country, Minnesota has long had a vested interest in promoting ethanol. Governor Pawlenty has called for raising the blend of ethanol in standard pump gasoline from the current 10 percent to at least 20 percent. However, not everyone in Minnesota ...

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    Glenn Beck forgets to keep mouth shut on issues he's wrong about, like biodiesel
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    What's more exciting, the news that school buses in Minnesota were stalled, and that schools had to shut down, because of biodiesel and way too cold temperatures, or the reality that it wasn't the biodiesel that was causing the problem after all? The former, obviously, which is why that was what ...

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    University of Minnesota: Ethanol no better than gas
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    The University of Minnesota has released a study on the benefits of three types of fuels: gasoline, corn-based ethanol and cellulosic ethanol. The conclusion was what most readers know: corn-based ethanol doesn't have that many benefits. Corn still needs tractors to be harvested, and some kind of ...

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    Minnesota state fleet using 77 percent more E85 this year
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    Photo by antaean. Licensed under Creative Commons license 2.0.
    The Minnesota SmartFleet Committee took a look at the amount of E85 used thus far in 2008 and found that the biofuel mixture's use is way up compared to 2007. In the first nine months of 2008, the state fleet of about 1,700 flexfuel ...

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    July gasoline sales in Minnesota down 9% while E85 jumps 16%
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    One of the few places in the United States where E85 is making any significant retail headway is Minnesota. Of course the fact that a lot of corn is grown and processed there and the region has more E85 pumps than anywhere is in the country helps. In July of this year gasoline sales in the state ...

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    Minnesota passes law that will require B20 by 2015
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    By 2015, everyone using diesel fuel in Minnesota will have a blend consisting of at least 20 percent biofuel thanks to a new law that was just passed. Governor Tim Pawlenty signed a bill this week that will increase the current 2 percent bio blend requirement to 5 percent in May 2009. In 2012 it ...

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    Automakers and ethanol producers fight Minnesota emissions rules
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    Legislators in Minnesota have introduced bills in the State House and Senate that would have the state adopt California's emissions standards. These California rules, which also include limits on carbon dioxide emissions, have been adopted by at least a dozen other states. The limits on greenhouse ...

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    AllSAFE worries about widespread E20 use
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    AllSAFE, a group representing manufacturers of outdoor power equipment, marine manufacturers, small engine manufacturers as well as motorcycle and automobile manufacturers is warning us about E20. The group released a note stating that it might not be advisable to use mid-level ethanol blends, such ...

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    GM Biofuels manager responds to Minnesota E20 study
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    Over on the GMnext blog, Coleman Jones has posted a response to the recent push to go from E10 to E20 at regular gas pumps in Minnesota. Jones is the Manger of Biofuels Implementation at GM Powertrain. While GM has obviously been a huge proponent of the expanded use of ethanol, they are reluctant ...

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    Minnesota Governor wants regular gas ethanol blends increased to 20%
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    The Governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, wants to see the nominal amount of ethanol in regular gasoline blends increased from 10 percent (pretty much the national standard) to 20 percent and Pawlenty's office released a report this week in support of that idea. Researchers at University of ...

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    University of Minnesota feels a $1.5m biofuel research pinch
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    The fallout from that Science report that was highly critical of biofuels continues. In Minnesota, a state known for its ethanol support, a total of $1.5 million in biofuel grant funds have been "temporarily suspended" thanks to the negative information that came out in the report. The grants were ...

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    Holy pipeline, Batman: Midwest-to-East-Coast route a possibility
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    There has been talk of a continental U.S. ethanol pipeline before. Back in 2006, Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) proposed legislation on the issue, but it didn't get very far. The idea didn't die, though. This past week, Magellan Midstream Partners and Buckeye Partners announced ...

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