IRFA Welcomes New Member: POET-DSM

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All Three of Iowa’s Current Cellulosic Ethanol Projects are IRFA Members

JOHNSTON, IOWA –The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) announced today that Iowa’s first cellulosic ethanol project to break ground, POET – DSM Advanced Biofuels, LLC, is the IRFA’s newest member.  POET – DSM’s Project LIBERTY will be a commercial-scale, cellulosic ethanol plant that will produce 25 million gallons of next generation ethanol from corncobs, leaves, husk and corn stalk annually.

“POET – DSM is proud to be a part of the IRFA team,” stated POET – DSM Advanced Biofuels Business Development Manager Kevin Potas. “With protecting the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) of the utmost importance, we’re happy to play a vital role in representing next generation ethanol production within the IRFA.”

Photos of Project LIBERTY can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/94159374@N03/sets/

“POET – DSM is a great addition to the IRFA family,” stated IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “Now, all three of Iowa’s commercial-scale, cellulosic ethanol production facilities currently under construction are a part of this great organization that prides itself on representing all aspects of Iowa’s renewable fuels industry.  Defending the RFS and expanding ethanol demand through E15 will be critical for all cellulosic ethanol plants.  IRFA works every day to achieve those goals.”

Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 41 ethanol refineries capable of producing over 3.7 billion gallons annually, with one wet mill and three cellulosic ethanol facilities currently under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 315 million gallons annually.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association was formed in 2002 to represent the state’s liquid renewable fuels industry. The trade group fosters the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development.