Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Proposed Dakota Spirit Plant Moves Forward

According to the Jamestown Sun, the Renewable Fuel Standard for the Dakota Spirit AgEnergy biorefinery plant has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. The  plant is to be located in Spiritwood, about 10 miles east of Jamestown near Great River Energy’s Spiritwood Station coal-fired generating plant and Cargill Malt.

The biorefinery is planned in two phases. Phase I would consist of a 65 million gallon per year (MGY) conventional dry mill ethanol plant that uses corn to produce ethanol, corn oil and distillers grains. Phase II would be a 10 MGY cellulosic bolt-on facility that would convert biomass (corn stover and wheat straw) into a variety of higher value energy products including cellulosic ethanol, molasses and lignin pellets.

With the latest EPA approval, the next step for the Dakota Spirit project is a 30-day public comment period that is required prior to groundbreaking, according to the Sun article.

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