Tag: Minnesota

Senator Al Franken working on energy piece for Farm Bill 2018

Senator Al Franken working on energy piece for Farm Bill 2018

October 12, 2017 |

In Minnesota, Senator Al Franken is developing an energy proposal as part of the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill seeking to ensure rural America transitions to biofuels and other renewable fuels by tweaking funding programs and linking them with things like biorefineries and fire prevention through use of forest waste. Despite, or because, the Trump administration […]

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Al Corn votes to convert from coop to LLC

Al Corn votes to convert from coop to LLC

September 26, 2017 |

In Minnesota, Al Corn’s cooperative members have voted to convert the company into an LLC, allowing it to grow its acreage to secure an extra 25 million or so bushels of corn without having to open up to new farmer members. The shift is part of the expansion program that will see the ethanol plant’s […]

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Cargill to invest $90 million in new Wichita biodiesel facility

Cargill to invest $90 million in new Wichita biodiesel facility

September 21, 2017 |

In Minnesota, Cargill announced plans to build a state-of-the-art $90 million biodiesel plant in Wichita, Kansas. Set to open January 2019, it will produce 60 million gallons of biodiesel annually. Opening the facility in Wichita will strengthen Cargill’s biodiesel operations in the heart of the Midwest where it already has biodiesel plants in Iowa Falls, […]

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Al Corn to commission expansion project early but may no longer be a coop by then

Al Corn to commission expansion project early but may no longer be a coop by then

September 11, 2017 |

In Minnesota, Al Corn has been impressed by the construction of its $146 million expansion to 120 million gallons of ethanol annually because not only is coming in on budget but it will also be commissioned at least three months early, in either March or April next year. But in the meantime, the question as […]

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EPA awards Al-Corn Clean Fuel with right to produce D6 RINs

EPA awards Al-Corn Clean Fuel with right to produce D6 RINs

August 22, 2017 |

In Minnesota, the Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Al-Corn Clean Fuel with the efficient producer designation, allowing it to generate D6 RINs using a dry mill process at its Claremont facility. The designation is awarded when the lifecycle emissions analysis of the fuel produced demonstrates greenhouse gas emissions reductions to be 20% or higher. The […]

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Minnesota moving ahead with B20 despite trucker concerns

Minnesota moving ahead with B20 despite trucker concerns

August 2, 2017 |

In Minnesota, the state has decided to move to B20 as planned on May 1, 2018 despite protests from Minnesota Trucking Association and other energy stakeholders who say lack of appropriate controls of diesel quality could lead to economic disruption. There are also concerns that there isn’t sufficient fueling infrastructure but the state’s Department of […]

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Boating Magazine reader survey shows more concerns about ethanol

Boating Magazine reader survey shows more concerns about ethanol

July 19, 2017 |

In Minnesota, a reader survey done in May by Boating Magazine shows that 92% of respondents seen ethanol-induced damage impacting their businesses, up from 87% in 2016 and 73% the year prior, however results have held steady for the past three years when it comes to how many repairs are a result of ethanol. Readers […]

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RFA chief calls Brazilian policy ridiculous and Chinese policy schizophrenic

RFA chief calls Brazilian policy ridiculous and Chinese policy schizophrenic

June 21, 2017 |

In Minnesota, the CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association told the Fuel Ethanol Workshop during a keynote speech that the proposed import tariff on ethanol into Brazil is ridiculous and destructive while China’s imposition of a tariff in January was schizophrenic. The two countries have been major import markets for US ethanol that must now […]

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University of Minnesota researchers patent process to produce biodiesel from scum

University of Minnesota researchers patent process to produce biodiesel from scum

June 13, 2017 |

In Minnesota, for University of Minnesota (UMN) researchers, scum is a word packed with profitable promise. Their patented process not only converts the scum to a higher value product (biodiesel) but also reduces environmental pollutants in both landfills and water systems. As a result, 68 percent of dried and filtered scum can be converted to […]

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Resynergi teams with University of Minnesota to develop biorefining technology

Resynergi teams with University of Minnesota to develop biorefining technology

June 12, 2017 |

In Minnesota, California waste recovery company Resynergi Inc. is drawing on University of Minnesota expertise and technology to develop and commercially manufacture a biorefining technology that converts both plastic and biomass into oil and gas. Resynergi is combining U of M Professor Roger Ruan’s microwave-based technology to convert biomass such as waste wood or crop […]

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