Attendees Energized to Defend the RFS at National Ethanol Conference
February 19, 2014
Press Contact: T.J. Page
Ethanol Industry Leaders Fighting to Protect Consumer Access to Low-Cost, Homegrown Ethanol Blends
JOHNSTON, IOWA –At the National Ethanol Conference (NEC) in Orlando, more than 1,000 renewable fuels industry leaders, including a strong Iowa contingent, are energized to fight for consumer access to low-cost, homegrown ethanol blends by defending a strong and growing federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
“The EPA told attendees today they will use the most up-to-date data in final RFS rule. While that was good to hear, should we expect any less? The Administration totally underestimated the strong reaction their proposal to gut the RFS would ignite,” stated IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “Over 144,000 comments have been submitted. Americans deserve the freedom of choice at the pump, to that end the Administration needs to listen, follow the law, follow the science, and maintain a strong and growing RFS.”
Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 42 ethanol refineries capable of producing over 3.8 billion gallons annually, with 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.