Tharaldson Ethanol wins USDA REAP funding to support expansion

By Erin Voegele | August 16, 2017

The Tharaldson Ethanol LLC plant in Casselton, North Dakota, is being awarded $341,000 in federal funding to expand the facility through the addition of a new fermenter and cooling tower cell. The funds will be used as part of a more than $3.4 million expansion to the plant.  

The award is being made under USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program. The grant program helps farmers, ranches, and rural businesses implement energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.

The announcement was made on Aug. 16 by Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D, and John Hoeven, R-N.D.

“North Dakotans understand what it means to implement a true all-of-the-above energy strategy,” said Heitkamp. “In North Dakota, we have wind, coal, natural gas, and biofuels among other sources that support good-paying jobs, create affordable energy, and keep our nation moving. This federal funding will support the expansion of the ethanol plant in Casselton that produces the fuels to meet our energy demands.”

“Earlier this year, Tharaldson Ethanol produced their one billionth gallon of ethanol,” Hoeven said. “They continue to grow, and with Tharaldson Ethanol’s new expansion, they will be able to help meet the increasing energy needs of our state and nation.”