Alternative Fuels, Carbon

Red Trail Energy and EERC to Host Virtual Open House

RICHARDTON, N.D. – Mark your calendars for a virtual open house hosted by Red Trail Energy (RTE) and the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) over Zoom on Wednesday, November 10, at 6:00 p.m. MT (7:00 p.m. CT). This is your opportunity to hear updates about the RTE Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project, learn more about the science behind it, and ask questions.

The RTE CCS project is on track to be the first commercial-scale CCS project in North Dakota, capturing and storing nearly 200,000 tons of CO2 annually, while also producing ethanol applicable to low-carbon fuel markets in California, Oregon, and British Columbia. Access to premium pricing in these markets—and those likely to be established in other states in the future—will provide increased stability to regional corn growers and the RTE ethanol facility, located near Richardton, ND. 

RTE and its research partner, the EERC, have been investigating the safe, permanent storage of captured CO2 in deep underground rock layers. Recent activities from this 5-year effort have included drilling two holes about 6500 feet deep, conducting detailed geologic evaluation, and researching incentive programs for commercially viable CCS at the RTE site. The next phase of the project, which is located on RTE’s property, includes constructing the CO2 capture plant, starting CCS operations, and executing monitoring plans.

All are welcome to join by registering at There will be opportunities to ask questions during the open house; email to request an informational packet ahead of the meeting. Project questions can also be submitted in advance to; these questions will be answered in a future bulletin as well.

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