Tag: Minnesota

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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Marathon Petroleum looking to roll out E15 in Minnesota gas stations

Marathon Petroleum looking to roll out E15 in Minnesota gas stations

October 22, 2018 |

In Minnesota, Reuters reports that Marathon Petroleum is looking to boost its ethanol blending at gas stations in the state following its acquisition of Andeavor earlier this month. The plan to supply E15 is an effort to compete with other companies already retailing the fuel in the state, competition that could become stronger now that […]

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Green Plains mothballs 20% of production capacity due to Trump’s trade war

Green Plains mothballs 20% of production capacity due to Trump’s trade war

September 17, 2018 |

In Minnesota, Reuters reports that Green Plains is mothballing its ethanol production plants in Superior, Iowa and Lakota, Iowa as well as running its Fairmont, Minnesota plant at half capacity as President Trump’s trade war takes a bite out of demand from China. Together, the three facilities produced about 1.48 billion gallons annually, accounting for […]

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Bandit Big Rig Series promoting B20 in Minnesota races

Bandit Big Rig Series promoting B20 in Minnesota races

August 21, 2018 |

In Minnesota, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) and the Bandit Big Rig Series have teamed up to present the Bandit Big Rig Series Biodiesel 20. As an added bonus, MSR&PC will have a few of the bearded celebrities from DieselSellerz, stars of Discovery’s “Diesel Brothers” in attendance to showcase their biodiesel build “Indomitus,” […]

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ACE releases white paper highlighting low carbon benefits of corn ethanol

ACE releases white paper highlighting low carbon benefits of corn ethanol

August 20, 2018 |

In Minnesota, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) announced the official release of a White Paper entitled “The Case for Properly Valuing the Low Carbon Benefits of Corn Ethanol,” coinciding with a general session panel at the 31st annual ACE conference in Minneapolis which highlighted the paper in a discussion on updates to lifecycle modeling […]

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Enerkem’s proposed $200 million Twin Cities facility depends on new wastewater treatment plant

Enerkem’s proposed $200 million Twin Cities facility depends on new wastewater treatment plant

July 26, 2018 |

In Minnesota, Enerkem is in the engineering phase and working through the permitting process for the proposed $200 million MSW-to-ethanol plant outside of St. Paul in Inver Grove Heights where it is teaming with a local MSW management company to eventually produce twice as much ethanol annually as at its 10 million gallon per year […]

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