2015 Biofuels Tour Special Edition: Day 3
September 17, 2015 - Issue #212View Full Issue
Wednesday, August 19
At REG-Newton, a 30 million gallon per year capacity biodiesel production facility, participants toured the plant, and learned about the biodiesel production process, biodiesel co-products, and biodiesel’s positive impact on air quality from Renewable Energy Group (REG) Vice President of Manufacturing Brad Albin.
At REG-Newton, tour attendees also heard from National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Director of Federal Communications Ben Evans on
biodiesel’s status as a clean-burning, advanced biofuel, the importance of a strong and growing federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the young biodiesel industry, and an effort currently underway to modify the expired federal biodiesel blenders’ credit to a multi-year producers’ credit in order to provide certainty in the marketplace and incentivize domestic biodiesel production.
Participants also visited and toured the Iowa Speedway, a state-of-the-art 7/8-mile tri-oval race track and motorsports facility designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace. At the race track, in Newton, Iowa, attendees heard from NASCAR on it’s “Go Green” initiative to make the sport more environmentally friendly. A part of the “Go Green” program, NASCAR is taking advantage of the high octane and clean-burning properties of ethanol by using E15, a blend of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline, to power it’s vehicles.
Tour attendees received a firsthand experience with soybeans, corn, ag equipment and an Iowa family farm on a visit to Kimberley Farms in Maxwell, Iowa.
Participants received a presentation and tour from Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) Director of Market Development and Iowa Biodiesel Board (IBB) Executive Director Grant Kimberley. Kimberley not only discussed the history and aspects of Kimberley Farms, he also allowed participants to get an up-close look at his crops and farm equipment, and provided an overview of the benefits of using biodiesel on the farm.