IRFA Encouraged By Broad Support for Renewable Fuels from Iowa’s Candidates for Federal Office
July 3, 2014
Press Contact: T.J. Page
IRFA PAC Treasurer Congratulates Iowa Primary Election Winners
JOHNSTON, IOWA – With Iowa’s Republican and Democratic nominations for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House general elections finalized, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today congratulated all of the candidates, and noted that each candidate selected conveyed strong support for renewable fuels and the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) through the IRFA’s Federal Candidate Surveys.
“It’s encouraging to see such broad support for renewable fuels and a strong and growing RFS from all of the federal candidates nominated to the general election,” stated IRFA PAC Treasurer Walt Wendland. “Not only did each of the candidates who won their party’s nomination fill out the IRFA survey, they unanimously support the RFS and other important ethanol and biodiesel policies that ensure Americans will continue to have greater access to cleaner-burning, homegrown renewable fuels.”
To view all of Iowa’s federal candidates’ responses to the IRFA survey, please visit: http://iowarfa.org/2014CandidateSurveys.php.
With more than ten thousand Iowa families invested in and/or employed by the renewable fuels industry, the IRFA seeks to keep the people of Iowa informed on where their respective federal candidates stand on important renewable fuels issues. To that end, the IRFA sent a survey and background materials to each candidate seeking federal office in 2014, asking if the candidate supports, opposes or is undecided on important ethanol and biodiesel issues.
Iowa is the nation’s leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 42 ethanol refineries capable of producing more than 3.8 billion gallons annually, including 2 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol production and two 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.