IRFA PAC Announces 2014 Champion of Renewable Fuels Awards for Iowa Legislature

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Iowa Legislators Receive Awards Based on Voting Record and Renewable Fuels Leadership

JOHNSTON, IA – The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) PAC today announced the 16 recipients of its “Champion of Renewable Fuels” awards for state legislators. The IRFA PAC Board awarded state legislators seeking reelection who maintained a clear voting record supporting renewable fuels and displayed leadership for renewable fuels in the Iowa Legislature. This is the third election cycle that the IRFA PAC has given such recognition.


“The IRFA PAC is proud to support these ‘Champions of Renewable Fuels’ who’ve consistently supported and led on important renewable fuels issues,” stated IRFA PAC Treasurer Walt Wendland, President and CEO of Homeland Energy Solutions. “Iowa is number one in the nation when it comes to renewable fuels production, and that doesn’t happen without great leadership and forward-thinking policies from our elected officials. These award winners have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the renewable fuels industry and have worked tirelessly to strengthen Iowa’s economy by improving opportunities for ethanol and biodiesel.”


Recipients of the 2014 Champion of Renewable Fuels awards are:


Iowa Senators
Sen. Bill Anderson  SD 3
Sen. Daryl Beall    SD 5
Sen. Rick Bertrand  SD 7
Sen. Bill Dix   SD 25
Sen. Amanda Ragan SD 27
Sen. Rob Hogg SD 33
Sen. Joe Bolkcom    SD 43


Iowa Representatives
Rep. Helen Miller  HD 9
Rep. Jack Drake   HD 21
Rep. Dan Kelley HD 29
Rep. Josh Byrnes HD 51
Rep. Linda Upmeyer   HD 54
Rep. Brian Moore HD 58
Rep. Mark Smith HD 71
Rep. Tom Sands  HD 88
Rep. Jim Lykam   HD 89  


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.