Governor’s Council on Biofuels Supports Vision for Minnesota Clean Fuels Policy

The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Biofuels released its recommendations to Governor Tim Walz on November 2, 2020, which include a recommendation that Minnesota move forward with a clean fuels policy

August 16, 2022

Inflation Reduction Act Invests in the Bioeconomy

On Tuesday, August 16, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 into law. The act provides almost $370 billion in federal funding for climate and energy investments,…

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June 21, 2022

Bioeconomy Coalition 2022 Legislative Session Recap

Minnesota’s 2022 legislative session adjourned on Monday, May 23. Legislators spent the session’s final weeks trying to work out the differences between House and Senate bills. Although much was left…

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February 3, 2022

What We’re Reading: Innovative Wood Use can Enable Carbon-Beneficial Forest Management in California

This blog originally appeared on the Great Plains Institute’s (facilitator of the Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota) website. Advancing biofuels and emerging forestry market opportunities are two priorities…

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January 12, 2022

Minnesota Legislative Priorities for the Bioeconomy in 2022

Minnesota’s next legislative session is fast approaching, with legislators set to reconvene—whether in person or remotely—on January 31. The Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota is gearing up for the upcoming session…

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December 21, 2021

Takeaways and Policy Recommendations for Renewable Natural Gas Produced from Anaerobic Digestion

Throughout the previous posts in our series on renewable natural gas (RNG) produced from anaerobic digestion (AD), we explored opportunities and challenges for the technologies. This post concludes the series by examining the policy framework for RNG produced from AD in Minnesota and recommending potential next steps.

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December 17, 2021

Q&A: Fresh Energy Weighs in on Renewable Natural Gas from Anaerobic Digestion

In our continuing quest to gather perspectives on renewable natural gas (RNG) from anaerobic digestion and the role it plays in decarbonizing transportation, we interviewed Fresh Energy’s Joe Dammel, who weighed in on the challenges and opportunities associated with this technology. Dammel is the director of Gas Decarbonization and Energy Transition at Fresh Energy and a previous staff attorney at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. He holds a bachelor of science in environmental engineering, a law degree, and a master of science in science, technology, and environmental policy.

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October 20, 2021

Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Shares Perspective on RNG from Anaerobic Digestion

We recently reached out to Sam Wade, the director of public policy at The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, to learn more about the opportunities and challenges associated with renewable…

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October 8, 2021

Bioeconomy Coalition 2021 Legislative Session Recap

The Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota (BCM), convened by the Great Plains Institute, advocated for policy positions during the 2021 state legislative session to grow the state’s…

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July 23, 2021

Renewable Natural Gas and Anaerobic Digestion 101

The production of renewable natural gas from anaerobic digestion presents a win-win scenario: diverting organic waste from landfills while producing a lower-carbon alternative to conventional natural gas that can be…

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June 23, 2021

Blog Series Explores Renewable Natural Gas from Anaerobic Digestion

This blog post is the first of a new series where we examine the interrelationship between renewable natural gas (RNG) and anaerobic digestion, address the challenges that have hindered commercialization,…

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