Tag: Minnesota

Syngenta and Cellulosic Ethanol Technologies team up for commercial cellulosic in Iowa

In Minnesota, Syngenta and Cellulosic Ethanol Technologies LLC have successfully produced commercial-scale quantities of cellulosic ethanol— the first of their kind in Iowa— at the Quad County Corn Processors ethanol plant in Galva, Iowa. QCCP expects to produce one million gallons of cellulosic ethanol in 2014 and two million gallons in 2015. Earlier this year, […]

July 14, 2014 More

CHS buys Illinois River Energy

In Minnesota, CHS announced it has acquired Illinois River Energy LLC from Sinav Limited, London, England. Terms were not disclosed. The 133-million-gallon-per-year year ethanol plant will be rebranded as CHS and 60 people will become CHS Inc. employees.  

June 5, 2014 More

Central Minnesota Renewables gets $500,000 grant for butanol upgrade

In Minnesota, the state’s department of agriculture has given Central Minnesota Renewables a $500,000 grant under the NextGen Energy program for the final engineering work to convert the company’s 20 million gallon per year ethanol plant to n-butanol. Central Minnesota Ethanol Co-op agreed to sell the plant to Green Biologics of Gahanna, Ohio in December […]

May 20, 2014 More

Minnesota’s B10 policy to boost biodiesel demand by 20 million gallons

In Minnesota, the B10 mandate will create an extra demand of 20 million gallons per year. The policy, that was meant to be implemented in 2013 but will instead be implemented this year, calls for B10 from April to September while B5 will be sold the rest of the year. Currently demand is roughly 40 […]

May 20, 2014 More

Segetis, Green Biologics land Minn. grants as state heads for B10 biodiesel, re-ups on biofuels

In Minnesota, beginning July 1, diesel fuel sold in Minnesota will contain a B10 blend during the summer months. The escalation to B10 was part of a bill passed in 2008 which called for the move to happen in 2013. Because of inadequate blending infrastructure in on area of the state and a regulatory concern, […]

May 20, 2014 More

CHS buys Illinois River Energy among other Sinav asseys

In Minnesota, CHS Inc. announced it has signed an agreement with Sinav Limited, London, England, to acquire 100 percent of the company’s stock, which includes Illinois River Energy, LLC, a 133-million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant at Rochelle, Illinois. Providing all conditions are met, the transaction is expected to close in June. CHS markets renewable fuels to energy customers […]

May 1, 2014 More

Proposed Minnesota bill would create equal footing for biorefineries

In Minnesota, a proposed bill would create equal footing for biorefineries with biofuels plants, eliminating the need for an EIS to secure permitting. Currently ethanol, biobutanol and cellulosic biofuel factories producing less than 125 million gallons per year are exempt from the EIS requirement, and the proposed legislation would provide the same exemption for any […]

April 30, 2014 More

Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation approves $21.1 million for Segetis

In Minnesota, the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) approved $21.2 million in funding to renewable biochemical company Segetis, Inc. at today’s board meeting in St. Paul. Segetis plans to construct a commercial-scale plant at the Laskin Energy Park in Hoyt Lakes, Minn. Segetis produces high performance, sustainable materials, reducing the world’s dependence on […]

April 24, 2014 More

Minnesota orders to ethanol plant owners to pay $10,000 fine

In Minnesota, the state’s pollution control agency says the new owners of the ethanol plant in Buffalo Lake, Buffalo Lake Advanced Biofuels, must pay the $10,000 fine for the 2012 wastewater violation. At the time, the plant was owned by Purified Renewable Energy but that company has since gone bankrupt.

April 17, 2014 More

Coalition for Sustainable Rail to begin research on used railroad ties for biofuels

In Minnesota, the Coalition for Sustainable Rail (CSR) announced April 14 that it is initiating research on conversion of used railroad ties into an advanced biofuel. This research, funded through a generous grant from the Indiana Rail Road (INRD), is a first look into the viability of “upcycling” used railroad ties into biofuel.

April 14, 2014 More