Minnesota Goverrnor Mark Dayton and a Swedish official signed a document that pledges to continue working together on research, technology and public policy related to the field of bioenergy.
Governor Dayton and Daniel Johansson, an official with the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications, signed a memorandum of understanding to continue the relationship during an event in Stockholm.
The governor is in Stockholm with a delegation of 35 Minnesotans as part of a 10-day trade mission to Sweden, Germany and Norway to promote Minnesota exports to those countries and attract foreign direct investment to the state.
Sweden, which generates 32% of its energy from biofuels, has been working with Minnesota for several years to increase bioenergy in the state. One outcome was the International Renewable Energy Technology Institute, which was formed at Minnesota State University-Mankato through a partnership with the BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota and Swedish partners.