Iowans, IRFA Fighting Back Against Big Oil’s Renewed Effort to Dismantle the RFS
March 25, 2014
Press Contact: T.J. Page
ACE Fly-In Brings Renewable Fuels Advocates from Iowa to D.C. to Defend a Strong and Growing RFS
JOHNSTON, IOWA –The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today noted that various renewable fuels professionals, including IRFA staff, a registered E15 Iowa retailer, and several ethanol producing companies, are in D.C. to speak with legislators about the importance of a strong and growing federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), as part of the American Coalition for Ethanol’s (ACE) D.C. Fly-In.
Renewable fuels advocates gathered in the nation’s capitol to fight back against the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) renewed effort to dismantle the nation’s most successful energy policy. API announced at the end of last week that it will relaunch a campaign focused on urging legislators to support repealing the RFS.
“While API announced a relaunch of their efforts to repeal the RFS, the renewable fuels community, including representatives of many Iowa companies, are standing up to fight back and protect a strong and growing RFS,” stated IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “The renewable fuels industry is armed with the facts that demonstrate the successes of a robust RFS. When given the chance, consumers consistently choose renewable fuels, and the RFS is about giving consumers that choice.”
“As a debranded, independent retailer, I’ve had great success marketing E15 and E85,” stated Good & Quick Owner and Nevada, Iowa E15 retailer Charlie Good. “My business is living proof that if you give consumers a choice at the pump, they will often choose E15 and higher blends. I look forward to going to Capitol Hill and sharing my firsthand experience that E15 sells, and E15 works.”
Iowa companies participating in the ACE D.C. Fly-In include: Absolute Energy, Big River Resources, Golden Grain Energy, Good & Quick, Homeland Energy Solutions, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Lincolnway Energy, Little Sioux Corn Processors, and Quad County Corn Processors.
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.