Minnesota Electric Co-op Opens Ethanol Plant in North Dakota
by David Shaffer (Star Tribune) … Dakota Spirit AgEnergy, 78 percent owned by a Minnesota cooperative power company, is a 65 million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant built next to one of the electric utility’s coal-fired power plants. It supplies steam to produce the biofuel at significant energy savings. READ MORE and MORE (Ethanol Producer Magazine)
Excerpt from Ethanol Producer Magazine: Dakota Sprit AgEnergy purchases 23 million bushels of corn annually from area farmers. The 65 MMgy of ethanol it produces in a year is equal to about 20 percent of North Dakota’s annual fuel demand. The plant also produces 6,900 tons of distillers corn oil and 198,000 tons of distillers grains, said Jeff Zueger, chief operating officer of Midwest AgEnergy Group.
After a follow up question from a reporter, Ridderbusch (Gregory Ridderbusch, president of Midwest AgEnergy Group) indicated that the company’s “job one” is to operate the corn-ethanol facility it just started up. Having said that, early plans to also build a cellulosic ethanol production facility at this location aren’t totally off the table. “There is still the possibility here of putting on a cellulosic add on,” he said. READ MORE