Fuel Panel to Discuss Impacts of E15, Higher Biofuel Blends at 2015 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

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Panelists to Share Experiences and Opportunities with Biofuels at 9th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit on January 27


JOHNSTON, IA – The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today announced a panel of fuel retailers and marketers that will discuss the benefits and opportunities of offering E15 to 2001 and newer vehicles at the 2015 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. Panelists Lance Klatt of the Minnesota Service Station & Convenience Stores Association, Jason Stauffer of STAR Energy, and Todd Garner of Protec Fuel Management will share their experience offering E15 as a registered fuel to motorists throughout the U.S. at the 9th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit on January 27.


“Each of these well-qualified panelists has years of experience with higher ethanol blends, and can provide a unique perspective on the benefits of offering E15 to 2001 and newer vehicles,” stated IRFA Managing Director Lucy Norton.  “Summit attendees will not only learn a great deal about consumer choice and cracking the oil monopoly, but they’ll also learn about the benefits of using E15 from this expert panel.”


Lance Klatt serves as Executive Director of the Minnesota Service Station and Convenience Stores Association (MSSA). In 2014, MSSA began marketing a new brand of gasoline, Minnesota Independent Oil Company (MINNOCO), allowing independent fuel retailers in the MSSA to control an exclusive brand, including E15 as a registered fuel.


Jason Stauffer is the Manager of Retail Fuels Marketing and Business Development for STAR Energy, a division of GROWMARK, Inc. Stauffer has been in the fuel business for 18 years, and STAR Energy currently offers E15 to 2001 and newer vehicles at several locations throughout Iowa.


Protec Fuel Management CEO and Managing Partner Todd Garner is a 30-year veteran of the energy industry. Protec Fuel has been instrumental in spreading the choice of E15 to motorists in the Southeast, including helping Florida’s first E15 retailers to offer it as a registered fuel.


The Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show is free and open to the public. To register to attend, review sponsorship opportunities, and learn more about the 2015 Summit, please visit: https://iowarfa.org/2015Summit.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.



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