Tag: Minnesota

Judge upholds exclusive grain supply contract between Chippewa Valley Ethanol and Glacial Plains Cooperative

Judge upholds exclusive grain supply contract between Chippewa Valley Ethanol and Glacial Plains Cooperative

August 24, 2016 |

In Minnesota, a district judge has ordered Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company to comply with a contract that says Glacial Plains Cooperative is its exclusive grain handler, which the ethanol company had broken in June 2014 when it started buying grain from other suppliers. The cooperative has sought 26 months’ worth of damages for not being […]

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Corn Plus ethanol plant agrees to several steps to correct several environmental violations

Corn Plus ethanol plant agrees to several steps to correct several environmental violations

June 22, 2016 |

In Minnesota, the Corn Plus ethanol plant in Winnebago in southern Minnesota has again agreed to take steps to correct several environmental violations and pay a $39,450 penalty to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). Agency inspections and records reviews found several violations of the plant’s stormwater permit that sets conditions to ensure runoff from […]

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Scientists produce polyurethanes from sugar

Scientists produce polyurethanes from sugar

April 18, 2016 |

In Minnesota, polyurethanes in products from cushy sofas to stretchy spandex have made sitting, sleeping and walking more comfortable. But once they have served their purpose, most of the non-degradable materials pile up in landfills. Now scientists report in the journal ACS Macro Letters a potential way to reduce future waste: a chemically recyclable foam […]

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Study shows Minnesota biodiesel use has caused reduction of 7.4 billion pounds of CO2 emissions

Study shows Minnesota biodiesel use has caused reduction of 7.4 billion pounds of CO2 emissions

April 10, 2016 |

In Minnesota, a recent study from the American Lung Association in Minnesota (ALAMN) has demonstrated the use of biodiesel’s significant positive impact on air quality. The study demonstrated that the summer (B10) and winter blends (B5) used in Minnesota prevent 130 tons of particulate matter, 319 tons of hydrocarbon, and 2,634 tons of carbon monoxide […]

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Study shows Minnesota’s ethanol industry added $2.1 billion to state’s 2015 GDP

Study shows Minnesota’s ethanol industry added $2.1 billion to state’s 2015 GDP

March 15, 2016 |

In Minnesota, a new study prepared for the Minnesota Biofuels Association shows the state’s ethanol industry spent approximately $2.1 billion on raw materials (mostly corn), other inputs, goods and services to produce ethanol and primary co-products DDGS and corn refiner’s oil in 2015.  When the impact of these expenditures circulate fully through the Minnesota economy, […]

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Former Fagen Engineering CFO admits to embezzling $4.5 million

Former Fagen Engineering CFO admits to embezzling $4.5 million

February 17, 2016 |

In Minnesota, a former CFO at Fagen Engineering has confessed to the FBI she created a fictitious ethanol company in Nebraska called Fairmont Investments LLC to help her allegedly embezzle $4.5 million and buy homes, cars and other assets in her and her husband’s name. She worked in the accounting department at Fagen Engineering since […]

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Minnesota ethanol plants struggling but in better shape than 2012

Minnesota ethanol plants struggling but in better shape than 2012

February 15, 2016 |

In Minnesota, ethanol plants are suffering from tight margins but are in a far better place than 2012 when corn was double the price it is now at $8 per bushel, in large part because strong margins in 2014 allowed producers to pay off debts and straighten out their balance sheets. Some are having to […]

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ADM rethinking its dry corn mills in light of oversupplied ethanol market

ADM rethinking its dry corn mills in light of oversupplied ethanol market

February 3, 2016 |

In Minnesota, oversupply of the ethanol market and weak margins has Archer Daniels Midland looking at other options for its three dry corn milling assets rather than producing ethanol as it attempts to reduce its capital investments by about $1 billion. Since 2006, the company has invested $1.3 billion to build two new dry mills. […]

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Green Biologics starts $75 million investment in butanol conversion

Green Biologics starts $75 million investment in butanol conversion

January 14, 2016 |

In Minnesota, Green Biologics has begun the conversion of 21 million gallon per year Central Minnesota Renewables, formerly known as Central Minnesota Ethanol Cooperative, to produce butanol and acetone. The plant will continue to produce ethanol until the last possible minute when it switches over. Already more than $75 million has been raised for the […]

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Minnesota ethanol plants making a profit despite low gas price

Minnesota ethanol plants making a profit despite low gas price

November 17, 2015 |

In Minnesota, despite low gas prices, seven of the eight ethanol producers in the state have been able to make a profit during the third quarter. Low gasoline prices are expected to weight on ethanol margins for the next 12 to 18 months across the Midwest. Valero Energy reported making 47 cents per gallon during […]

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