Visit to DAK Renewables & Minwind

 

David Kol­srud at AgriEnergy Ethanol Mill in Luverne, Minnesota

David Kol­srud at AgriEnergy Ethanol Mill in Luverne, Minnesota

Ear­lier this spring I vis­ited David Kol­srud and his team at DAK Renew­able Energy in South Dakota. DAK has a port­fo­lio of ethanol, biodeisel and wind invest­ments with the com­mon theme being com­mu­nity own­er­ship. We vis­ited Agri-Energy, an ethanol mill that is owned by 230 local farm­ers and pro­duces 22 mil­lion gal­lons of ethanol as well as dis­tillers grain (fed to live­stock) and bio­mass pel­lets that are burned in place of some of the coal at a power plant in the region.

For a decade and a half they have been pio­neers in com­mu­nity own­er­ship struc­tured renew­able energy devel­op­ment in the mid-west and are seek­ing to con­tinue their lead­er­ship by invest­ing in, and deploy­ing more sus­tain­able, inte­grated tech­nolo­gies and prac­tices. While I was there we vis­ited Mark Willers of Min­wind in Min­nesota and toured their fully com­mu­nity owned windfarm.

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