By Michael Irlbeck

Jan. 31, 2023

Living in western Minnesota, I understand the importance of the ethanol industry to the local ag economy. Minnesota ethanol producers use about 50% percent of the state’s corn crop to produce their product. Preserving the demand for corn in our state and across the Midwest is vital as is supporting ethanol as it transitions to a low-carbon fuel.

When I first heard about Summit Carbon Solutions proposing a pipeline project that would capture CO2 emissions from over 30 ethanol plants across Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska, I was somewhat skeptical about the chance of success and the need behind decarbonizing ethanol.

As I took the time to see the complete picture, the reasoning behind this project made more sense. Summit Carbon Solutions’ main intention is to secure a long-term, stable market for the corn crop in the Midwest by decarbonizing the ethanol and agricultural industries.

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