Pioneer Press. Minnesota state officials are considering providing $90 million in incentives, spread over 10 years, to support the development of cellulosic ethanol production within the state.
The state would also provide $10 million in incentives to encourage current corn ethanol producers to convert their plants to biomass power.
Officials want to defer decisions on the $90 million part of the plan until next year, after the US Congress has completed a new farm bill and the emerging science may be a bit clearer.
Officials from the state Agriculture Department, Commerce Department and the Legislature also have discussed how to structure incentives...One idea: Base the incentives on BTUs produced. Another idea: Reward not just production, but energy-efficiency, too.