Absolute Energy Announces Monarch Fueling Station Project

Contact: Cassidy Walter

JOHNSTON, IOWA – Today Absolute Energy announced it has started a Monarch Fueling Station at the ethanol plant near St. Ansgar.

Plant employees will conduct a dormant seeding this fall of the 1.3 acres plot with native plants to establish monarch butterfly habitat, including milkweed.

“We decided to join the Monarch Fueling Station Project efforts because we see it as a new way to give back to our natural environment and Iowa agriculture,” said Tyler Schwarck, environmental, health, and safety technician at Absolute Energy. “We work all year long to produce fuel that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and helps clean the air we breathe. This monarch habitat is simply producing fuel of another kind to protect our environment.”

The Monarch Fueling Station Project was established by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) in partnership with the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium in December 2017. It is a program to help Iowa’s ethanol and biodiesel plants establish monarch habitat on plant grounds. To learn more about the IRFA Monarch Fueling Station Project, contact IRFA at info@IowaRFA.org or 515-252-6249.

Absolute Energy Environmental, Health, and Safety Technician Tyler Schwarck (left) and Absolute Energy President Rick Schwarck stand on the field that will become the plant’s Monarch Fueling Station.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association represents the state’s liquid renewable fuels industry and works to foster its growth. Iowa is the nation’s leader in renewable fuels production with 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing over 4.5 billion gallons annually – including 34 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity – and 11 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 400 million gallons annually. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at: www.IowaRFA.org.