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Gevo switches to wind at Luverne biorefinery

In the United States (US), bioprocess- and renewable fuel developers Gevo, Inc. with partners Juhl Energy Inc (Juhl) and Harrison Street Investors held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completed construction of two wind turbines that will supply up to 5.0 MW of fully renewable electricity to Gevo subsidiary Agri-Energy’s biorefinery in Luverne, Minnesota (MN).

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completed construction of two wind turbines that will supply up to 5.0 MWChris Ryan, Gevo; Greg Burger, Stan Williamson, and Sherri Thompson, Rock County Commissioners; Dr Patrick Gruber, Gevo; Greg Gabrielson, Landowner; Carolyn Arida and Christopher Merrill, Harrison Street; Gary Overgaard, Rock County Commissioners; John Mitola, Juhl Energy and Jim Hennessy, Harrison Street (photo courtesy Gevo).

The electricity generated from wind will be wired directly to Agri-Energy, which is expected to enable it to utilize the emissions-free energy towards a lower carbon intensity score under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard in California. The wind electricity is expected to be on-line and available to Agri-Energy in April.

We are on a crusade to defossilize our business system, eliminating greenhouse gasses, and because of that, we expect to improve our margins. The wind energy produced from these towers will help to take us off the fossil grid. It’s a great first step, setting up our infrastructure for jet fuel and renewable gasoline, said Dr Patrick Gruber, CEO of Gevo.

In connection with the wind project, Agri-Energy invested US$1.5 million in the Series A preferred stock of Juhl’s asset subsidiary Juhl Clean Energy Assets (JCEA). Juhl, Harrison Street, and other JCEA investors funded the remainder of the approximate US$8.75 million project cost.

This project is a great example of the local community and business working together to use renewable energy to increase its competitiveness. We applaud Gevo’s leadership and expect to see increased interest from the biofuel industry in projects such as wind and other clean energy projects that we can assist with to lower carbon intensity, said John Mitola, CEO of Juhl.

Juhl will be the owner and operator of the wind project. Agri-Energy has agreed to purchase the electricity from the City of Luverne and will also purchase the Renewable Energy Credits associated with the wind project from an affiliate of Juhl.

We are thrilled to expand our renewable energy investment footprint. We look forward to our continued partnership with Juhl and Gevo, two companies that continue to innovate and lead with their decarbonization and sustainability efforts, said Carolyn Arida, Director & Head of Utilities of Harrison Street.

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