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August 18, 2012
West central Minn. ethanol producers enjoy benefits of local supply, efficient plants amid high corn prices
ATWATER -- Ethanol producers in west central Minnesota are coping with corn prices that are squeezing margins and have no plans to reduce production. "We've certainly seen throughout this year different challenges, pressures on that margin,'' said Mike Jerke, general manager of...
August 18, 2012 - 12:00am
April 21, 2012
Bushmills Ethanol pays $800,000 fine for Minn. wastewater violations
ST. PAUL -- Bushmills Ethanol Inc. of Atwater has paid an $800,000 civil penalty for wastewater treatment violations for discharging wastewater containing unpermitted levels of dissolved minerals -- salts -- and other pollutants and then providing inaccurate information about the...
April 21, 2012 - 12:00am
January 23, 2012
Granite Falls Energy CEO resigning to join Karian Peterson Powerline
GRANITE FALLS - Tracey Olson has resigned as chief executive officer of Granite Falls Energy, L.L.C., to accept a management position with Karian...
January 23, 2012 - 5:03pm
October 15, 2011
Fuel replaced at area stations after mishap with ethanol concentration
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Commerce reports that fuel with higher-than-allowed concentrations of ethanol has been replaced at 37 stations in southern Minnesota, including a number in Renville County. The department has identified 38 gas stations and 10 secondary distributors...
October 15, 2011 - 12:00am
October 14, 2011
Fuel removed, replaced at two Renville County gas stations after ethanol blending mishap
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Commerce reports that fuel with higher-than-allowed concentrations of ethanol has been replaced at 37 stations in southern Minnesota, including two in Renville County. The Department has identified 38 gas stations and 10 secondary distributors...
October 14, 2011 - 11:46am
October 12, 2011
Bad gasoline delivered to 21 Minn. communities, including Renville, Olivia
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) -- A petroleum company is replacing gas it delivered to nearly two dozen Minnesota communities because it contains too much ethanol. The gasoline came from Magellan Midstream Partners Petroleum plant in Mankato. Magellan spokesman Bruce Heine says "an operational...
October 12, 2011 - 8:50am
August 6, 2011
Brazil's ethanol industry examined in USDA study
WILLMAR -- The Energy Policy Act of 2005 established the first renewable fuel volume mandate in the United States. It required that 7.5 billion gallons of renewable fuel be blended into gasoline by 2012. Under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the original renewable...
August 6, 2011 - 12:00am
Biomass won't replace fossil fuels, experts say, but use will grow
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The people who know most about biomass don't think it will replace fossil fuels or other energy sources. But the experts all agree that biomass has a role to play. "Biomass is in the mix," says Gerald Groenewold, director of the Energy & Environmental Research...
August 6, 2011 - 12:00am
June 17, 2011
Editorial: Ethanol subsidy vote was unfair
The growing appetite in Congress to end special interest tax breaks hit west central Minnesota when the Senate vote Thursday to repeal tax credits for producing ethanol. The Senate voted 73-27 to repeal the $5 billion annual subsidy. This repeal vote came just two days after the...
June 17, 2011 - 12:00am
March 19, 2011
Letter: In defense of ethanol
In response to Norm Baker's "research" of E85 (Public Forum, March 14): Anyone can write and post anything on the web, which I suspect you did your "research" on. There are two videos you need to watch. One is www.youtube.com/watch?v1j-35_jpdVw; the other is www.youtube.com/watch?veBRbJkt2G3I....
March 19, 2011 - 12:00am
March 12, 2011
Ethanol from beets topic at March 21 ProAg meeting in Olivia
OLIVIA -- Maynard Helgas, with the Green Vision Group, a Fargo, N.D., consortium that is exploring the economics of producing ethanol from sugar beets, is the guest speaker at the March 21 annual meeting of ProAg of Renville County. With the ongoing demand for more renewable energy...
March 12, 2011 - 12:00am
February 3, 2011
Letter: Obama's misplaced priorities
In his State of the Union address, President Obama missed his Sputnik moment, "I'm a centrist." He reiterated failed government policies. The nation is hurting. Families' food, energy, and medical costs are increasing. Businesses are inundated with regulations and high taxes that...
February 3, 2011 - 12:00am
January 13, 2011
No significant environmental concerns over ethanol plant expansion in Granite
GRANITE FALLS -- Plans by Granite Falls Energy to expand its ethanol production capacity from 49.9 million to 70 million gallons per year raise no significant environmental issues, according to a recently completed environmental assessment worksheet. No concerns about the project...
January 13, 2011 - 12:00am
December 18, 2010
Company bets on sugar beets as next feedstock for ethanol
FARGO, N.D. -- A Fargo-based energy company is moving forward with plans for the nation's first-ever beet ethanol plant -- the first step in an ambitious plan to turn one of the Red River Valley's top crops into a biofuel mainstay. The proposed plant was announced Monday by Green...
December 18, 2010 - 12:00am
December 13, 2010
Plans announced for nation's first "energy beet" biofuel plant in Red River Valley
A Fargo-based energy company is moving forward with plans to turn one of the Red River Valley's top crops - sugar beets - into efficient, lucra-tive biofuel. Green Vision Group, the company behind the project, said Monday it's work-ing to build a demonstration plant to convert beets...
December 13, 2010 - 1:05pm