Growing our Energy Future
Midwest AgEnergy is a North Dakota biofuels enterprise that owns Blue Flint, a 70 million gallon per year biorefinery in operation since 2007 near Underwood, ND and Dakota Spirit AgEnergy, a 70 million gallon per year biorefinery in operation since 2015 near Spiritwood, ND.
Together with our partners, we are building a renewable energy future for the country, increasing demand for North Dakota farmers, and bringing prosperity to our communities.
Blue Flint Location
Biorefining – Continuously Refined
Located near Underwood, ND, MidwestAgEnergy Blue Flint location purchases 23 million bushels of corn from North Dakota farmers every year. We use this to produce over 70 million gallons of ethanol, as well as dry and modified distillers grains for livestock and corn oil for biodiesel production. Blue Flint also sells E85 to retail fuel stations throughout North Dakota.
Co-located for Efficiency
Blue Flint is located adjacent to Great River Energy’s Coal Creek Station, North Dakota’s largest power plant. Instead of burning fuel to make fuel, we use waste steam from Coal Creek Station to provide process energy and to dry distillers grains. Co-location is a key factor in making Blue Flint one of the most cost-effective, energy efficient and environmentally friendly biorefineries in the country.
Supporting Our Communities
Midwest AgEnergy provides dependable, consistent demand for local farmers’ corn, and stable, well-paying jobs for the surrounding area. Together with our communities, we are focused on securing long-term success for our owners, employees and customers.
Dakota Spirit AgEnergy
Building on Success
Midwest AgEnergy's Dakota Spirit AgEnergy biorefinery is producing ethanol at a 70 million gallon/year rate from North Dakota corn, as well as dry and modified distillers grains for livestock , corn oil for biodiesel production and E85. Ethanol production began in June 2015.
Co-located for Efficiency
Replicating the success of Blue Flint, Dakota Spirit AgEnergy is located adjacent to Great River Energy’s Spiritwood Station near Spiritwood, ND. Spiritwood Station is a combined heat and power plant designed specifically to both generate electricity and provide steam for industrial users. Instead of burning fuel to power the biorefining process, we are purchasing steam from Spiritwood Station. This arrangement gives Dakota Spirit AgEnergy a similar competitive advantage to Blue Flint, making it one of the most cost-effective, energy efficient and environmentally friendly biorefineries in the country.
Economic Development Impacts
The building of Dakota Spirit AgEnergy provided 275 construction and trade jobs. It is now providing stable, well-paying operating jobs as well as a new market for area corn producers. Together with the surrounding communities, we are focused on securing long-term success for our owners, employees and customers.
Coal Creek Drying & Storage
Expanding Agricultural Opportunities
In 2010, Coal Creek Drying & Storage was built to better serve the local farming community. The facility, located on Blue Flint's property, can dry 5,000 bushels of corn per hour and store 1.8 million bushels. This gives farmers greater flexibility in choosing when to sell their corn, and has enabled Blue Flint to purchase much of our corn locally.