Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Blue Flint celebrates 1 million hours of safety

Midwest AgEnergy announced employees at the Blue Flint biorefinery have surpassed 1 million hours of safely working without a lost-time accident. A lost-time accident is defined as time lost to an employee who is injured on the job and cannot return to the next regularly scheduled shift. The streak began April 13, 2007. To put […]

Midwest AgEnergy surpasses 1 billion gallons produced

Midwest AgEnergy – the parent company to ethanol biorefineries Blue Flint, near Underwood, N.D., and Dakota Spirit, near Spiritwood, N.D. – recently surpassed production of more than 1 billion gallons of ethanol produced company-wide. “Congratulations and thank you to our employees at Midwest AgEnergy,” said Jeff Zueger, CEO of Midwest AgEnergy. “We are proud of […]

Great River Energy, Hennepin County approve HERC contract extension

The Great River Energy board of directors approved a contract extension for a subsidiary to operate a prominent waste-to-energy facility owned by Hennepin County and located in Minneapolis. GRE HERC Services, LLC, will continue operating the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC) through Dec. 31, 2025. HERC is an important waste management facility in the Twin […]

The power in preparation

Preparation is the key to success in many things we do in life. Planning, practice and thoughtful assessment provide opportunities to work out potential problems in advance. September is National Preparedness Month, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency is encouraging all of us to prepare for emergencies. But most of us […]

Heartland economic outlook at four-year high

For the first time since 2015, a key measure of rural America’s economic health is above growth neutral for two consecutive months. Creighton University’s Rural Mainstreet Index stood at 54.7 in March, down just a tick from February’s 54.8 but above the 50.0 growth-neutral mark. It’s also a vast improvement from March 2017, when the […]

Ash revenue, savings reach $100 million

Great River Energy’s fly ash business recently hit a huge milestone in reaching $100 million in combined revenue and savings since 1997. That year, Great River Energy decided to make fly ash beneficial use efforts into a business by selling it into the concrete market. In doing so, Great River Energy not only generated revenue […]

Use of refined coal grows

The U.S. power sector is increasingly shifting to refined coal and now makes up nearly one-fifth of coal-based generation. Use increased from 17 percent in 2016 to 19 percent through the end of the third quarter of 2017, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Refined coal has been processed to remove certain pollutants from […]