Ethanol makers complain about rising Great River Energy rates

  • Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 2, 2013 - 9:36 AM

Big users of electricity expect to pay high bills. But two ethanol producers say the wholesaler’s rates are too much.

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dsteinbe1977Jun. 1, 1310:06 PM

If this Ethanol maker is complaining about their rate, why aren't they looking for a better ethanol marketing firm to represent them to get them more business to pay the bills?

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cody50Jun. 2, 13 5:59 AM

No where in the article did it mention that GRE has recently aquired and developed its own assets in ethanol production which place GRE in direct competition with the ethanol companies that are raising these complaints. Furthermore, GRE's ethanol assets are located adjacent to power plants and utilize excess steam from the plant to greatly lower production costs. The environmental groups that share similar complaints would obviously be against the construction of the coal-fired Spiritwood Station under any economic circumstances. Coal is a major target for these groups.

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omitfactsJun. 2, 13 8:57 AM

Get back to me once youve actually made a profit.

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simplicity1Jun. 2, 1310:38 AM

The sooner the ethanol mistake is gone, the sooner our food prices will be half what they have been inflated to by this farmer-welfare industry. (It uses more than half of our national corn production.) And be sure to make them buy toxic clean-up insurance for the mess they are leaving in the ground-water.

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beno16Jun. 2, 1311:54 AM

Similar to welfare recipients complaining that their taxes are too high.

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omitfactsJun. 2, 1311:59 AM

Just think how pissed they would be if they hadnt received billions of tax dollars to produce a product that doesnt work, and loses money and increases food costs around the World. I would bet they would be even more upset if they were using their own money.

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kivirl4Jun. 2, 13 1:12 PM

the irony of this is the rates get higher as Great River uses more and more wind energy, another subsidized boondoggle. So the subsidized ethanol makers are mad that another subsidized energy worthless for makes their costs higher.

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akmscottJun. 2, 13 1:43 PM

Cost more than gas to make.End the ethanol boondoggle!

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jd55604Jun. 2, 13 2:48 PM

A green energy industry dependent on government mal-investment complaining about having to pay the increased costs incurred from a government protected energy monopoly engaged in green energy mal-investment. Awesome!!

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birdpeepJun. 2, 13 3:08 PM

the article doesn't point out just how much the minnesota Renewable Energy mandates are adding to the costs of ALL electric producers and out electic bills. But I have to agree that the Ethanol Producers complaing about wasted money is truly a "pot and the kettle" argument. Both industries are governed by rules made by a state legislature where almost NONE of the DFLers ( or the "Governor") have ever worked at a private sector job, so results don't matter, only intentions.

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