Legislative biofuel proposals
Here are highlights of biofuel proposals at the Capitol:
The Senate wants to:
-- Establish a program to offer cellulosic ethanol and other bioenergy producers a state payment, similar to existing corn-based ethanol producer payments.
-- Provide a bigger incentive for production of ethanol made from grasses.
The House has proposed:
-- Creating a NextGen Energy Board that would recommend where to spend state research dollars for emerging energy and fuel alternatives.
-- Funding local renewable fuels research facility studies.
Bills in both legislative chambers:
-- Fund studies of biofuel production plants on the Bois Forte and White Earth Indian Reservations.
-- Provide funds to the Minnesota Turf Seed Council for native plant research.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty is:
-- Supportive of a variety of next generation fuel initiatives, including producer payments and a research oversight board.
-- Backing further corn-based ethanol producer payments while looking at ways to use those funds for new ethanol initiatives when the program ends in 2010.