General Mills to power Fridley plant with oat leftovers

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Workers install roof panels Tuesday on a building that will house the oat hull-burning biomass burner at the General Mills plant in Fridley. Full Story
in the cold

Seattle, WA

#1 Apr 8, 2010
it's nice to see a company looking at the future and planning ahead, rather than the usual reactionary profile.

Chicago, IL

#2 Apr 8, 2010
Quaker has been doing this for years...

San Francisco, CA

#3 Apr 9, 2010
Seems to be a more cost-effective solution to get rid of the waste. I have no problem with it.
Joe T

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Apr 9, 2010
Good for General Mills! They will be around for the Next 100 years as long as they never show a Profit and support Card Check.

Two Harbors, MN

#6 Apr 12, 2010
"At today's prices, natural gas is cheaper than oat hulls, but Whelan noted that the futures market puts the prices for natural gas higher than oat hulls by the end of 2012 and beyond."

Why is the cost of oat hulls even being considered here? In light of the fact that...

"General Mills produces 90,000 tons of oat hulls a year from its two mills in Fridley and northeast Minneapolis, and it will use about 10 percent of that to power its Fridley plant."

They seem to have more than enough oat hull fuel available on site, which means they'll still even be able to sell oat hulls to Koda Energy.

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