North Dakota Ethanol Plants
The five North Dakota ethanol plants have the capacity to produce 520 million gallons of ethanol per year, which is more than five times the production a decade ago. Each plant is located in a community with a population of less than 2,500 and contributes an average of 46 jobs and an average annual payroll of $3.3 million to the community.
North Dakota ethanol plants use 160-180 million bushels of corn annually with more than 80 percent of the corn purchased from North Dakota farmers. Forty to 60 percent of the state’s total corn production annually is purchased by North Dakota ethanol plants. Each bushel of corn processed produces 2.8 gallons of ethanol, 18 pounds of livestock feed (dried distillers grains), 18 pounds of carbon dioxide and up to 1 pound of corn oil.
Blue Flint Ethanol is located in Underwood, N.D. Blue Flint Ethanol uses about 25 million bushels of corn annually, which will in turn produce 70 million gallons of ethanol and about 200,000 tons of dried distiller's grain each year.
Dakota Spirit AgEnergy (DSA) is located in Spiritwood, N.D. DSA uses about 25 million bushels of corn annually, which will in turn produce 70 million gallons of ethanol and about 200,000 tons of dried distiller's grain each year. It is the newest plant in the state, coming online in 2015.
Hankinson Renewable Energy is a corn-based ethanol plant located in Hankinson, N.D. The plant uses approximately 51 million bushels of corn annually, which will in turn produce 145 million gallons of ethanol and about 440,000 tons of dried distiller's grain each year.
Red Trail Energy, LLC (RTE) is a North Dakota-based investor group formed to finance, construct and operate a corn-based ethanol production facility located near Richardton, N.D. RTE produces 63 million gallons of ethanol annually using 23 million bushels of corn and 100,000 tons of coal. Coproducts produced by RTE include 180,000 tons of dried distillers grain and 80,000 tons of modified-wetcake annually.
Tharaldson Ethanol is located just west of Casselton, N.D., an area known for its rich farming tradition. Tharaldson Ethanol uses 65 million bushels of corn annually, which produces 175 million gallons of ethanol and about 500,000 tons of dried distiller's grain each year.