About the Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota

By bringing together all the parts and players of the Bioeconomy, the Bioeconomy Coalition of MN will grow the industry and make MN known worldwide as THE PLACE to grow the Bioeconomy.


Facilitated by the Great Plains Institute (www.betterenergy.org), the Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota brings everyone involved in the Bioeconomy together to collaborate and grow the industry, along the entire value chain from research and development to production and use. The Coalition aims to position Minnesota as a global leader in the Bioeconomy by working together on a shared strategy.


Agricultural Utilization Research Institute

Helps develop new uses for agricultural products through science and technology and partnering with businesses/entrepreneurs to bring ideas to reality.

Amp Americas

Founded in 2011, Amp Americas develops and operates renewable natural gas facilities focused on converting dairy waste into carbon-negative renewable transportation fuel and power, as well as sources and markets ultra-low RNG to supply fleets around the country.


Works with biobased entrepreneurs, producers, technologies, investors and others to start, grow, build and expand their opportunities.

Christianson CPAs & Consultants

Works with businesses to protect their assets and grow their company.

City of Benson

A local City government and municipal electric utility that has supported the bio-energy industry for nearly 20 years.

Clean Energy Economy Minnesota

Clean Energy Economy Minnesota provides the business voice for energy efficiency and clean energy in Minnesota.

Conservation Minnesota

Works to solve the conservation problems that are most important to Minnesotans.

D.A. Davidson

Since 1934, D.A. Davidson has been a trusted investment banker in public finance and now renewable energy. We can provide bridge and long-term debt financing solutions for renewable developer clients.

Dovetail Partners

Provides authoritative information about the impacts and trade-offs of environmental decisions, including consumption choices, land use, and policy alternatives.

Ever-Green Energy

Develops, owns, and operates efficient energy systems that benefit our customers, employees, communities, owners, and the environment.


Gevo is on a mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with sustainable alternatives, and is commercializing the next generation of advanced, bio-based renewable fuels with the potential to achieve zero-carbon emissions.

Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce

Brings together the collective voices of businesses of all types throughout northern Minnesota.

Great River Energy

Provides wholesale electric service to 28 member distribution cooperatives across the state of Minnesota.

Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board

Our mission is to invest resources to foster vibrant growth and economic prosperity in northeastern Minnesota that enhance livable communities, maximize collaborations and partnerships, and strengthen businesses and worker education.

Itasca Economic Development Corporation

Itasca County’s premier, private sector resource for assisting business growth, marshaling resources to help develop businesses, and spurring economic growth.

Minnesota Biofuels Association

Minnesota Biofuels is dedicated to supporting and representing Minnesota’s renewable fuel industry for a greener and energy independent America.

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Promotes business recruitment, expansion, and retention; international trade; workforce development; and community development.

Minnesota Forestry Association

To inform, educate, and advocate for woodland owners, and others, on issues related to good woodland stewardship.

Minnesota Power

A division of ALLETE, it provides electricity in a 26,000-square mile electric service territory in northeastern Minnesota.

Natural Resource Research Institute

Delivers integrated solutions for Minnesota’s natural resource-based economy.

Oberon Fuels

Oberon Fuels is a global leader in the production and distribution of renewable dimethyl ether (rDME). Oberon’s rDME® fuel is an energy-rich gas, derived from renewable feedstocks of raw biogas or methanol.


POET is jumpstarting the global transformation to a greener economy with carbon-cutting biofuels and innovative alternatives to petroleum.


Quorsen technology increases fermentation productivity of the commodity chemical n-butanol by exploiting natural bacterial communication pathways that produce the chemical from starch and cellulosic feedstocks.

Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy

Through Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy, Ramsey and Washington counties help their communities reduce waste and recover value from trash.


Located on the banks of the St Louis River since 1898, Sappi’s Cloquet Mill produces high-quality graphic papers. The mill can swing production between paper-grade pulp for internal consumption and dissolving pulp (DP) for the open market.