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Red Trail Energy Second U.S. Ethanol Plant to Capture Carbon
North Dakota Ag Connection - 10/21/2021

Senator John Hoeven Wednesday issued the following statement after the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) approved the first Class VI project to store CO2 from Red Trail Energy's ethanol plant in Richardton. Red Trail is advancing the project utilizing the 45Q tax credit, which provides a critical revenue stream for new CCUS projects. Hoeven worked to pass legislation to reform and expand the 45Q tax credit, and secured final 45Q regulations in January 2021. The tax credit provides up to $50 per ton of CO2 stored, helping make the project financially viable.

Hoeven also put in place the regulatory framework the approval was made under:

- A regulatory framework for carbon storage that Hoeven worked to implement as governor, when he established the North Dakota CO2 Storage Workgroup and advanced a bill through the legislature to grant this authority to the NDIC.

- Approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that Hoeven secured as U.S. Senator for the state's permitting program for the permanent storage of CO2 using Class VI wells, the first such approval in the nation.

o North Dakota is one of only two states to have this regulatory authority.

"We've been laying the groundwork for this achievement for more than a decade, and this is exciting progress as Red Trail Energy is only the second plant in the nation to put carbon capture in place," said Hoeven. "They're able to do it because we put the legal and regulatory framework in place for them in North Dakota and secured the 45Q federal tax credit. By capturing and storing the ethanol plant's emissions, this project will enable Red Trail Energy to sell their product in states with low-carbon fuel standards, helping to grow new market opportunities for the company and farmers in the region."

Last year, Hoeven joined Red Trail Energy in announcing efforts to drill the carbon storage well being used for this carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) project. The senator also worked as the lead Republican on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee to fund the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program that provided a $25 million loan for Red Trail to construct its carbon capture, processing and storage facility.

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