About Koda Energy
Koda Energy is an environmentally-friendly energy project and a joint venture with the 162-year old company, Rahr Malting, and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Considerably cleaner than a coal plant and considered CO2 neutral, this combined heat and power plant is the only facility in the United States that burns exclusively natural, non-manmade materials. A suspension boiler design is utilized for maximum efficiency while burning these renewable products. Products burned at Koda Energy are primarily agricultural and plant seed byproducts, materials which do not deter land from use as row crops. This biomass energy generation project is able to provide energy for Koda Energy and Rahr Malting, with excess sold to Xcel Energy.
Electric power generated averages 19.7 megawatts, with net power generated at approximately 16.7 megawatts. The maximum electrical output from the generator is 24.1 megawatts. Amounts fluctuate, based largely on Rahr’s demand for heat. Rahr Malting uses the waste heat from the generation of electricity in the malting process. When the thermal energy demand is high, electrical generation is low. When the thermal energy demand is low, electrical generation is high.
Construction on Koda Energy began shortly after the Sept. 13, 2007 groundbreaking. The facility began generating electricity in March 2009 and became fully operational in late May 2009.