Dakota Ethanol Looks to Continue Carbon Intensity Reduction through Summit Carbon Solutions Partnership
(Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series on the proposed five-state pipeline from Summit Carbon Solutions. This article will cover the perspective of Dakota Ethanol. The previous article discussed background and promised benefits, with the final story to cover reactions from local landowners.)
For the last several years, ethanol plants have been hard at work identifying ways to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. These efforts range from focusing on internal operations to boost efficiency and limit emissions to working with members of the agricultural community to promote cleaner production methods.
“As we’re all looking toward a carbon reduction, there’s a lot of stuff that’s going on in many different industries to work toward reducing the carbon footprint,” Dakota Ethanol CEO/General Manager Scott Mundt said.
Dakota Ethanol, located at Wentworth, was founded in 1999 and began operations in September 2001. The company produces around 100 million gallons of ethanol each year while maintaining a lower carbon intensity (CI) rating than the industry standard through energy-efficient production equipment.
Throughout the first and second quarters of 2021, Dakota Ethanol and 31 other plants across Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota entered a partnership with Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions (SCS) to serve as capture facilities for the 2,000-mile Midwest Carbon Express pipeline.
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