Tag: Minnesota

Minnesota E15 consumption reached 59 million gallons in 2018

Minnesota E15 consumption reached 59 million gallons in 2018

February 11, 2019 |

In Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Commerce released its year-end station report detailing a record-breaking year for 88 Octane fuel sales, also known as E15, and building momentum for E85 in 2018. More than 59 million gallons of 88 Octane fuel were sold to Minnesota consumers last year, nearly tripling sales from 2017. Sales of […]

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Plans underway to develop soybean biodiesel facility in northwest Minnesota

Plans underway to develop soybean biodiesel facility in northwest Minnesota

January 29, 2019 |

In Minnesota, a local entrepreneur is fundraising to secure $10 million in order to take the first steps in developing a biodiesel production facility in Crookston that would absorb some of the area’s soybean surplus that once went to China or is processed far away. The proposed $150 million project in the northwest part of […]

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University of Minnesota researchers find prairies could provide high GHG savings as bioenergy feedstock

University of Minnesota researchers find prairies could provide high GHG savings as bioenergy feedstock

January 29, 2019 |

In Minnesota, in an ongoing effort to discover the ideal conditions to grow alternative biofuels that offer more environmental benefits, University of Minnesota scientists applied their research on native prairies in the Upper Midwest to understand marginal lands—particularly abandoned and degraded agricultural fields. In the 10-year study published in Nature Sustainability, researchers utilized 36 plots […]

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Epitome Energy chooses Minnesota site for future soybean biodiesel plant

Epitome Energy chooses Minnesota site for future soybean biodiesel plant

January 17, 2019 |

In Minnesota, Epitome Energy has chosen the town of Crookston as the location of its proposed soybean extraction plant that will produce 30 million gallons per year of biodiesel in addition to soy oil and soybean meal. The company told local press that there are more than 1.8 million acres of soybeans in the 10 […]

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ACE was key to getting carbon sequestration farming techniques into 2018 Farm Bill

ACE was key to getting carbon sequestration farming techniques into 2018 Farm Bill

December 27, 2018 |

In Minnesota, the Star Tribune newspaper reports that the new $25 million program under the recently-signed Farm Bill that encourages farmers to experiment with low-till and no-till farming methods came about as a result of the American Coalition for Ethanol working together with the National Corn Growers Association and the Natural Resources Defense Council working […]

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Green Plains idling Otter Tail ethanol plant amidst continued low margins

Green Plains idling Otter Tail ethanol plant amidst continued low margins

December 18, 2018 |

In Minnesota, Reuters reports that Green Plains is idling yet another ethanol plant, this time the 55 million gallon per year Otter Tail facility in Fergus Falls, as low ethanol prices continue to bite into margins. With winter weather making it difficult to restart the plant, it will have to stay idled until spring, but […]

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Legal battle over indefinite contract between Chippewa Valley Ethanol and corn supplier finally ending

Legal battle over indefinite contract between Chippewa Valley Ethanol and corn supplier finally ending

December 18, 2018 |

In Minnesota, local press reports that after four years of litigation that went as high as the state supreme court, the legal tussle between Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company and Glacial Plains Cooperative has come to an end with a court order saying that “reasonable time” had elapsed for the ethanol plant to terminate its contract […]

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Crown develops new advanced catalyst reduction and economization process

Crown develops new advanced catalyst reduction and economization process

December 18, 2018 |

In Minnesota, Crown announced a new processor upgrade for biodiesel manufacturers: advanced catalyst reduction and economization (ACRE). ACRE allows biodiesel processing plants to run at the lowest operating cost and highest efficiency by adding a third transesterification reaction step while also delivering an energy-efficient design for reduced cooling load and steam use. The ACRE processing […]

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Enerkem agrees deal with Twin Cities allowing it to move forward with planning MSW-to-ethanol project

Enerkem agrees deal with Twin Cities allowing it to move forward with planning MSW-to-ethanol project

December 13, 2018 |

In Minnesota, the Pioneer Press reports that Minneapolis-St. Paul’s Metropolitan Council has made an agreement with Enerkem to move the company’s proposed garbage-to-ethanol plant project forward. The City has agreed to supply 1.6 million gallons of treated wastewater per day for use at the facility. The company is moving forward with a $600,000 investment in […]

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Chippewa Valley Ethanol getting creative on ways to power expansion

Chippewa Valley Ethanol getting creative on ways to power expansion

November 19, 2018 |

In Minnesota, Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company and BioPro are trying to convince local authorities to let it by a small piece of a wider industrial site and take over the former power plant building located on that site in order to produce steam from corn cobs that will allow the ethanol plant to expand its […]

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