Panel to Discuss Impact of Energy Policy on 2016 Iowa Caucus and General Elections at Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

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9th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit to Feature Political Outlook Panel

JOHNSTON, IA – The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today announced a panel of political experts who will address the 9th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit on January 27.  Panelists Dave Price of WHO-TV’s “The Insiders,” Craig Robinson of TheIowaRepublican.com, and Norm Sterzenbach of Groundswell Public Strategies will discuss how energy policy may impact the 2016 Iowa caucuses and general elections.

“The Iowa caucuses kick off the 2016 election cycle and we’ve already seen potential candidates swarming to Iowa,” stated IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw.  “In addition, Iowa is one of only a handful of states that will be truly ‘in play’ during the general election.  We saw energy policy play a major role in Iowa’s 2014 senate race.  This panel will discuss how energy policy may impact the 2016 elections.”

Dave Price currently serves as Political Director for WHO-TV, where he is a weekend news anchor and host of the political show, “The Insiders.”  Price’s work has been honored with a national Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award, and he recently published a new book titled, “Caucus Chaos.”

Craig Robinson is founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, a political news and commentary site he launched in 2009. Prior to The Iowa Republican, Robinson served as Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa.

Norm Sterzenbach is Principal of Groundswell Public Strategies, a public strategy firm serving political and public affairs campaigns and companies. Before joining Groundswell, Sterzenbach served as Executive Director of the Iowa Democratic Party, and has worked on numerous political campaigns for both state and federal office.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show is free and open to the public. Online registration has closed, but on-site registration will be available. To review the program and learn more about the 2015 Summit, please visit: http://iowarfa.org/2015IRFASummit.php.

Iowa is the nation’s leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing more than 3.8 billion gallons annually, including 22 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity and one cellulosic ethanol facility 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.

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For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at: www.IowaRFA.org