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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. 2a.Biobased content.

"Biobased content" means a chemical, polymer, monomer, or plastic that is not sold primarily for use as food, feed, or fuel and that has a biobased percentage of at least 51 percent as determined by testing representative samples using American Society for Testing and Materials specification D6866.

Subd. 2b.Biobased formulated product.

"Biobased formulated product" means a product that is not sold primarily for use as food, feed, or fuel and that has a biobased content percentage of at least ten percent as determined by testing representative samples using American Society for Testing and Materials specification D6866, or that contains a biobased chemical constituent that displaces a known hazardous or toxic constituent previously used in the product formulation.

Subd. 2c.Biobutanol.

"Biobutanol" means fermentation isobutyl alcohol that is derived from agricultural products, including potatoes, cereal grains, cheese whey, and sugar beets; forest products; or other renewable resources, including residue and waste generated from the production, processing, and marketing of agricultural products, forest products, and other renewable resources.

Subd. 2d.Biobutanol facility.

"Biobutanol facility" means a facility at which biobutanol is produced.

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. 9a.Quarterly.

"Quarterly" means any of the following three-month intervals in a calendar year: January through March, April through June, July through September, or October through December.

Subd. 10.Renewable chemical.

"Renewable chemical" means a chemical with biobased content.