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RFA Congratulates Dakota Ethanol on Billion-Gallon Milestone

March 11, 2021

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The Renewable Fuels Association today congratulated Dakota Ethanol on surpassing 1 billion gallons of ethanol production since its opening in 2001. Dakota’s ethanol plant, in Wentworth, S. D., has the capacity to produce 90 million gallons of ethanol a year, from 30 million bushels of corn.


“RFA applauds Dakota Ethanol on this important milestone, reached after two decades of commitment, continuous improvement, and hard work,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “Everyone involved in the operation, from investors to staff, should be very proud of what they have accomplished, and the work they do to support the local community while helping keep America on the road. Like all ethanol plants, Dakota Ethanol supports scores of good jobs, adds value to locally grown crops, and plays an important role in providing consumers with cleaner and more affordable fuels at the pump. We salute them and are proud to have them as an RFA member.”


Dakota Ethanol began production in September 2001 with an annual nameplate capacity of 40 million gallons of ethanol. Today, it has increased production to around 90 million gallons. The facility also produces corn distillers oil and distillers grains.


“The work we do here at Dakota Ethanol supports area farmers who themselves helped build this industry,” said Scott Mundt, Dakota Ethanol CEO, who is also an RFA board member. “I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished as a company and want to express my gratitude to all those who helped us reach this milestone, particularly the loyalty and dedication of our employees.”


“I’m proud of how Dakota Ethanol has been able to utilize and monetize its lower-than-average carbon intensity through plant efficiencies,” said Ron Alverson, a Dakota Ethanol founding board member and recipient of RFA’s 2018 Industry Award. “And more opportunities lie ahead for the plant to further reduce its carbon score, including by showing how local corn growers produce their grain more efficiently. I have no doubt many producers in our area can achieve zero-carbon ethanol in the future, just by being properly credited for their contributions to decreasing lifecycle greenhouse gases.”


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Ken Colombini