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ND Ethanol Spring 2012

A Joint Publication of the North Dakota Ethanol Council and North Dakota Ethanol Producers Association

2011 – a record year 2011 proved to be a record year for North Dakota’s ethanol industry in the areas of production and sales. The five plants across the state produced nearly 400 million gallons, which is a 14 percent increase over 2010. E85 sales to retailers nearly doubled with 1.3 million gallons sold, and total ethanol sales increased by 10 percent. “The ND Blender Pump Program has significantly increased the availability of ethanol blends, and consumers are proving that when the product is available they will choose ethanol blends. Consumers are realizing that

flex fuel ethanol blends, such as E85 and E30, are safe and economical for use in their flex fuel vehicle,” says Jeff Zueger, chairman of the ND Ethanol Council. The program has been successful in establishing North Dakota as national leader in blender pump infrastructure. Currently, there are 223 blender pumps applied for or installed in 46 communities statewide. In addition, the number of flex fuel vehicles licensed in North Dakota has increased by 50 percent since 2009 with more than 64,500 currently on the road.

Ethanol industry hosts Commission

Contact Information Deana Wiese Executive Director PO Box 1091 Bismarck, ND 58502 701-355-4458

The April meeting of the EmpowerND Commission was held at Tharaldson Ethanol in Casselton. The purpose of the Commission is to develop a comprehensive energy policy for the state, and this is the first time a Commission meeting was hosted by the ethanol industry. Agenda items for the day ncluded a tour of the plant and discussion on statelevel energy policy. NDEC and NDEPA will continue to be involved as the Commission develops

recommendations for the Energy and Transmission Interim Legislative Committee, which proposes energyrelated legislation. The Commission is comprised of representatives from each segment of North Dakota’s energy industry. NDEPA President Randy Schneider represents the ethanol industry. For more information on the Commission, visit

Campaign targets FFV owners and auto industry As North Dakota moves into the summer driving season, the two-year Comprehensive Statewide Higher-Level Ethanol Blends Marketing Campaign is moving forward by targeting flex fuel vehicle (FFV) owners and the auto industry. The overall objective of the campaign is to increase the percentage of ethanol in North Dakota’s total motor vehicle fuel from six to 10 percent. The campaign theme of “Run With It” has been selected, and market trials are currently being implemented with a select number of retailers and auto dealers before rolling out statewide during the summer of 2012. The campaign is partnering with retailers on atthe-pump education for FFV owners, including pump toppers, nozzle talkers, station signage and monitor screens. Point-of-purchase materials have been developed to be distributed by auto dealers, and a sales force training pilot program will begin this spring with a small number of dealerships. In addition, FFV owners are being targeted directly through a direct mail and nurture campaign. Partners in the campaign are the ND Ethanol Council, ND Ethanol Producers Association, ND Corn Utilization Council, ND Corn Growers Association, American Lung Association of ND, ND Industrial Commission Renewable Energy Council and ND Department of Commerce Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. One of the campaign objectives is to create a consistent statewide promotional message for higher-level ethanol blends, so if you are interested in using messages or materials related to the campaign, contact Deana Wiese at 701-355-4458. Thanks to the ND Ethanol Marketing Campaign partners:

Golf Scramble to be held The 2012 NDEPA Golf Scramble will be held Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Oxbow Golf and Country Club near Fargo. We hope you will consider joining us. Sponsorship Opportunities Sponsorship opportunities are now available by completing the form on page 5 and submitting it by July 20. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your company to the ND ethanol plants and to support the association. Golf Registration Registration is available by completing the form on page 6 and submitting it by Aug. 15. The Scramble will be a great opportunity to mingle with the representatives from North Dakota’s four ethanol plants and enjoy a day of golf. As indicated on the attached form, registration is $125 per person and includes green fees, cart, lunch, social and steak dinner. Make sure to get registered by Aug. 15 for a shot at numerous prizes that will be awarded for the top three scramble teams, as well as contests such as closest to the pin, longest drive and shortest drive. Proceeds will go toward the NDEPA political action committee.

ND Ethanol Council ND Ethanol Producers Association ND Corn Utilization Council ND Corn Growers Association American Lung Association of ND ND Industrial Commission ND Department of Commerce - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy 2011 Golf Scramble


E15 clears final federal hurdle After three years, the American ethanol industry has met all federal requirements for E15 commercial sales as set by the partial E15 waiver granted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As of April 23, 99 ethanol producers have funded a nationwide fuel survey as required by the partial waiver that represents the final federal hurdle to E15 availability. Efforts to bring E15 to pumps across the nation will now focus on states where regulatory issues must be addressed.  Some states are prepared for E15 and sales of E15 could commence as soon as all parties are registered with EPA and are implementing the Misfueling Mitigation Plan approved by EPA. NDEC and NDEPA are currently working with the national ethanol groups to identify any potential roadblocks that might hinder North Dakota implementation. The ethanol industry believes there will be minimal hurdles at the state level as the state’s flex fuel pump infrastructure places it at an advantage for implementation and distribution. It is unlikely E15 will be available in the North Dakota marketplace prior to fall. However, it is not too early to start requesting it at your local station!! For additional information on E15 implementation, visit, or

Federal issues update

Ethanol by the numbers

NDEPA and NDEC continue to communicate with the North Dakota congressional delegation to keep them up-to-date and informed on federal issues impacting North Dakota’s ethanol industry. Currently being monitored is the implementation of E15, maintenance of the RFS, inclusion of the Energy Title in the 2012 Farm Bill, and progress of Sen. Hoeven’s proposed Domestic Fuels Act. If you have an opportunity to reach out to the congressional delegation, please do so. Contact information for each can be found at the NDEC website.

Currently in North Dakota there are: • 223 blender pumps applied for or installed in 46 communities statewide. • 64,500 flex fuel vehicles (FFV), a more than 50 percent increase since 2009. • E85 sales to retailers outpaced 2010 by 97 percent.


In addition, the production and sale of ethanol: • Reduced gasoline prices by an average of $0.89 per gallon, which equates to an $800 savings for the average American household in 2010. • Decreased imports of foreign oil by eight percent over the past several years.

Thanks to the NDEPA Associate Members for their support of ND’s ethanol industry. Ag Country Farm Credit Services Bank of North Dakota Bismarck State College Border States Electric Challenger Industries, Inc. Christianson & Associates, PLLP CJ Crane Service Dakota Staffing Solutions Dakota, Missouri Valley & Western Railroad, Inc. Eco-Energy, Inc. Energetix, LLC Ethanol Producers and Consumers Farstad Oil, Inc. FC Stone, LLC Fremont Industries, Inc. Great Plains Tech Services Great River Energy Growth Energy ICM Lallemand Ethanol Technology Lincoln State Bank McC, Inc. McLean Electric Cooperative Miller Insulation Company, Inc. ND Corn Growers Association ND Department of Commerce ND Petroleum Marketers Association North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives North Dakota Grain Inspection Northern Improvement Company Red River Valley & Western Railroad Roughrider Transport Streeter Farmer’s Elevator Trident Process, Inc. U.S. Energy Services, Inc. Univar Vogelbrusch USA, Inc. Interested in becoming an associate member? Contact Deana at 701-355-4458

Record corn acres projected USDA estimates that North Dakota farmers will plant a record 3.4 million acres of corn this year, up from 2.2 million acres last year. As the state’s farmers are recovering from last year’s floods, this is the largest year-overyear increase in the nation.

Welcome new NDEPA associate members NDEPA extends a warm welcome to its NEW 2012 associate members. We look forward to collaborating with all associate members in the upcoming year as we work to advance North Dakota ethanol industry through innovative research, education, promotion and market development. Bank of North Dakota, Bismarck, ND Christianson & Associates, PLLP, Willmar, MN CJ Crane Service, Mandan, ND Farstad Oil, Inc., Minot, ND Lallemand Ethanol Technology, Milwaukee, WI ND Department of Commerce, Bismarck, ND Red River Valley & Western Railroad, Breckenridge, MN Streeter Farmer’s Elevator, Streeter, ND

Mark your calendar! May 15, 2012 Renewable Materials Summit 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Holiday Inn, Fargo

Aug 22, 2012 NDEPA Golf Scramble 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oxbow Golf and Country Club Near Fargo

June 26, 2012 Renewable Energy Action Summit 9:15 a.m.-5 p.m. Bismarck Public Schools Career Academy energysummit

Third Friday of Each Month NDEC meeting 10-11 a.m. Via conference call

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NDEPA Board of Directors Randy Schneider, President 701-426-4994 Mick Miller, Vice President 701-202-1683 Jeff Zueger, Secretary 701-442-7501

NDEC Members Jeff Zueger, Chairman Blue Flint Ethanol Underwood, ND 701-442-7501 Wes Plummer Hankinson Renewable Energy Hankinson, ND 701-242-9420 Gerald Bachmeier Red Trail Energy, LLC Richardton, ND 701-974-3308 Russ Newman Tharaldson Ethanol Plant Casselton, ND 701-347-4000

PAC Golf Scramble August 22, 2012 • Oxbow Golf and Country Club

Sponsors Wanted! Event sponsorships are available for the 2012 NDEPA Golf Scramble. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your company to the ND ethanol plants and to support the association. Sponsors are welcome to give away prizes or hold a contest of their choice at the scramble. Deadline: Return this form, along with payment, by July 20, 2012. Sponsorships Available: Event Sponsor - $1,000 (recognition on ALL promotional materials and signage, including welcome banner) Dinner or Social Sponsor - $500 (recognition on promotional materials and signage the day of the event) Hole Sponsor - $200 (recognition on promotional materials and signage the day of the event, exhibit opportunity at the hole)

Contact Information: Company:_____________________________________ Contact:_____________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip:_____________________________________________________________________________ Phone_ _______________________________________ Email:_______________________________________ Payment Information: Make personal checks payable to: NDEPA PAC Make corporate checks payable to: NDEPA

For more information, contact Deana at 701-355-4458 or

Personal Checks Preferred!


1605 East Capitol Avenue PO Box 1091 • Bismarck, ND 58502 701-355-4458 •

PAC Golf Scramble August 22, 2012 • Oxbow Golf and Country Club

Golfers Wanted! Political Action Committee (PAC): The NDEPA PAC is dedicated to supporting political candidates who support the growth and development of ethanol production at both the state and federal level. Only PERSONAL CHECKS can be deposited into the PAC account, so they are preferred. The Course: The greens at Oxbow Golf and Country Club (130 Oxbow Drive, Oxbow, ND) are said to be some of the best around the country; they roll smooth and true. A professionally designed golf course created by one of today’s most accomplished golf course architects, Robert Trent Jones JR., Oxbow features 6,833 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The use of ponds and the famous “Oxbow” lend challenging playability features and natural beauty to the course. Scramble Format: Mixed 4-person Registration: 11 a.m. Entry Fee: $125 (by Aug. 15)

Shotgun start: Noon

Dinner: 5 p.m.

*includes green fees, cart, box lunch and steak dinner

Registration Form: Name:________________________________________ Company:___________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip:_________________________________ Handicap:___________________________________ Phone:________________________________________ Email:______________________________________ Additional Golfers: Name:___________________ Name:___________________ Name:___________________

Handicap:________________ Handicap:________________ Handicap:________________

Email:_ _____________________________ Email:_ _____________________________ Email:_ _____________________________

$________ $125 golf fee x ____ number of players $________ $30 not a golfer, but will join for dinner x ____ persons $________ Total Payment Information: Make personal checks payable to: NDEPA PAC Make corporate checks payable to: NDEPA

For more information, contact Deana at 701-355-4458 or

Personal Checks Preferred!


1605 East Capitol Avenue PO Box 1091 • Bismarck, ND 58502 701-355-4458 •

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