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41A.15 DEFINITIONS.

Subdivision 1.Scope.

For the purposes of sections 41A.15 to 41A.18, the terms defined in this section have the meanings given them.

Subd. 2.Advanced biofuel.

"Advanced biofuel" has the meaning given in section 239.051, subdivision 1a.

Subd. 3.Biomass thermal production.

"Biomass thermal production" means the generation of energy for commercial heat or industrial process heat from a cellulosic material or other material composed of forestry or agricultural feedstocks for a new or expanding capacity facility or a facility that is displacing existing use of fossil fuel after July 1, 2015.

Subd. 4.Cellulosic biomass.

"Cellulosic biomass" means material primarily made up of cellulose, hemicellulose, or lignin, or a combination of those ingredients.

Subd. 5.Cellulosic sugar.

"Cellulosic sugar" means sugar derived from cellulosic biomass from agricultural or forestry resources.

Subd. 6.Commissioner.

"Commissioner" means the commissioner of agriculture.

Subd. 7.Cover crops.

"Cover crops" means grasses, legumes, forbs, or other herbaceous plants that are known to be noninvasive and not listed as a noxious weed in Minnesota and that are either interseeded into living cash crops or planted on agricultural fields during fallow periods for seasonal cover and conservation purposes.

Subd. 8.MMbtu.

"MMbtu" means 1,000,000 British thermal units.

Subd. 9.Perennial crops.

"Perennial crops" means agriculturally produced plants that are known to be noninvasive and not listed as a noxious weed in Minnesota and that have a life cycle of at least three years at the location where the plants are being cultivated. Biomass from alfalfa produced in a two-year rotation shall be considered a perennial crop.

Subd. 10.Renewable chemical.

"Renewable chemical" means a chemical with biobased content as defined in section 41A.105, subdivision 1a.