Carbon, Research

Red Trail Energy Hosts Open House in Richardton

Red Trail Energy, LLC CEO Gerald Bachmeier presents to community members. 

RICHARDTON, N.D. – Red Trail Energy, LLC (RTE) recently hosted an open house event at the American Legion in Richardton. Approximately 40 community members attended to hear about the latest developments on a local carbon capture and storage (CCS) project.

With the support of the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), RTE is investigating CCS technology as a way to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions associated with ethanol production. Reducing emissions enables ethanol producers to be more competitive in states that have low-carbon fuel programs, such as California. CCS technology captures and permanently stores carbon dioxide emissions.

RTE CEO Gerald Bachmeier gave a presentation about the project and answered questions from community members. Scientists and engineers from the University of North Dakota (UND) Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) provided information about RTE’s seismic survey results and the suitability of the geology at the site to permanently store carbon dioxide. 

“Using CCS to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of our ethanol ensures the long-term viability of RTE in a highly competitive global market. We are excited to continue our partnership with the EERC in this investigation, and we are very appreciative of the community support thus far.

Gerald Bachmeier

Next steps for the RTE CCS Project involve further studying the deep rock layers at the RTE site and obtaining necessary permits and regulatory compliance for safe and permanent carbon dioxide storage. 

EERC Principal Policy and Regulatory Strategist Kevin Connors explains CCUS storage layers.

Questions about the project can be directed to:

Dustin Willett, RTE Chief Operating Officer
(701) 974-3308, dustin@redtrailenergy.com

Nikki Massmann, EERC Communications Director 
(701) 777-5428, nmassmann@undeerc.org

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