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An ethanol production plant in South Dakota.

An ethanol production plant in South Dakota.

Biofuel production has grown in North Dakota in recent years, with the addition of five biofuel facilities in the last five years.  North Dakota corn-based ethanol facilities have the capacity to produce a combined total of more than 350 million gallons of ethanol each year.  The North Dakota Ethanol Council estimates that 125 million bushels of corn are utilized in the state each year to produce ethanol.

North Dakota is also home to a canola-based biodiesel facility at Velva.  This ADM facility has a production capacity of 85 million gallons of biodiesel per year.

Strides are also being made in the development of the next generation of technologies and feedstocks for the biofuels industry.  Researchers at North Dakota State University estimate that bioenergy production could contribute an estimated $800 million in direct annual economic activity in the state.

Biofuel producers are eligible for several state incentive programs, including the Ethanol Production Incentive Program and the Biofuels PACE Program.  Additionally, retailers may be eligible for funding through the Biofuels Blender Pump Program and the ND Corn Council.

Facilities – Ethanol

Plant

Location

Employees

Ethanol Capacity

(million gallons)

Corn Used

(million bushels)

DDG

(tons)

Archer Daniels Midland Company* (closed April 2012) Walhalla

62

34

13

110,000

Blue Flint Ethanol Underwood

39

60

22

170,000

Hankinson Renewable Energy, LLC Hankinson

59

145

52

452,000

Red Trail Energy, LLC Richardton

42

50

18

110,000

Tharaldson Ethanol Casselton

54

140

50

400,000

Totals  

256

429

155

>1.2 million


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Idle Facilities – Ethanol
Alchem (10.5 mmgy)
ADM -Walhalla (25 mmgy)

Biodiesel Facilities
ADM – Velva (85 mmgy)