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Wind powers Gevo's Luverne biorefinery

In the United States (US), bioprocess- and renewable fuel developers Gevo, Inc. has announced that its two wind turbines have officially been put into service staging the Luverne biorefinery in Minnesota (MN) operated by its subsidiary Agri-Energy for lower-carbon transportation fuels.

Gevo's commercial bio-based Isobutanol plant in Luverne, Minnesota (photo courtesy Gevo).

Wind now powers Gevo’s subsidiary Agri-Energy’s biorefinery in Luverne, Minnesota (MN). However, due to the impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has on the economy and the US ethanol industry, Gevo has suspended production operations at the biorefinery for the foreseeable future (photo courtesy Gevo).

In March, Gevo together 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).

As of May 1, 2020, the two turbines are in service and have begun delivering electricity. The electricity generated from wind is wired directly to the Luverne biorefinery, which is expected to enable it to utilize the emissions-free energy to produce fuel in the future with a  lower carbon intensity score under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) in California (CA).

On account of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, ethanol production operations at the plant have been suspended indefinitely.

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