The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission has awarded Blue Flint $155,000 to research and conduct a feasibility study on the utilization of biomass as a fuel and power source for its 70 MMgy ethanol plant located near Underwood, North Dakota.
Blue Flint Ethanol currently sources water and steam from Great River Energy’s Coal Creek Station, a 1,100 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant. Great River Energy on May 7 announced plans to retire the Coal Creek Station during the second half of 2022 as part of an initiative to replace coal with low-cost renewables and market energy purchases. Great River Energy, however, also said it is willing to consider opportunities to sell the plant.
In its May 7 announcement, Great River Energy said it plans to negotiate an agreement to terminate its steam and water supply contract with Blue Flint and noted the plant’s owner, Midwest AgEnergy, is considering using the contract termination payment to reinvest in an economical alternative source for its process heat, thereby benefiting area farmers by continuing to support the local market for corn.