South Dakota Will Play A Leading Role In Energy￼
By Ron Alverson Wentworth
May 9, 2022
Although ethanol is a clean burning fuel, carbon dioxide emissions are a byproduct of the production process. Fortunately, modern carbon capture and storage technologies have made it possible to produce a net-zero-carbon fuel by 2030. This has significant economic ramifications, as implementation of new technologies will allow ethanol facilities to compete in low-carbon fuel markets across the country.
South Dakota will play a leading role in improving the competitive outlook for the American ethanol industry. Ethanol plants in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota have partnered with Summit Carbon Solutions to develop a $3.7 billion storage project. When completed, it will capture carbon dioxide emissions from refineries, compress them, then channel them to North Dakota where they will be permanently and safely stored in geological formations deep underground. Once the project is finished, it will be capable of capturing and storing 12 million tons of carbon dioxide annually.
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