Governor Reynolds Signs Proclamation Declaring “Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Day”
January 25, 2022
Contact: Cassidy Walter
JOHNSTON, IOWA – Following her remarks at the 2022 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit, Governor Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation declaring February 27 as “Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Day,” in recognition of the organizations’ work on behalf of Iowa biofuels over the past two decades.
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) was originally incorporated on February 27, 2002 and was the first state-level association to represent ethanol and biodiesel producers in Iowa.
“IRFA is honored that Governor Reynolds recognized our association and everything Iowa biofuel producers have achieved over the past twenty years,” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “While proud of the tremendous success and growth during the past two decades, we have a long way to go to achieve the full promise of biofuels. We will continue to support Iowa ethanol and biodiesel producers while growing consumer access to clean, high-performing fuels.”
Since 2002, Iowa has grown into the number one producer of both ethanol and biodiesel. Compared to 20 years ago, ethanol production in Iowa has increased 10-fold while biodiesel production is 23 times larger. Iowa has enacted numerous innovative policies, including a groundbreaking public-private cost-share grant program to assist Iowa retailers in offering higher biofuel blends to their customers.
Full text of proclamation below.
State of Iowa
WHEREAS, Iowa is the #1 producer of ethanol, accounting for over 30% of all US ethanol production; and
WHEREAS, Iowa is the #1 producer of biodiesel, accounting for over 15% of all US biodiesel production; and
WHEREAS, Renewable fuels production in Iowa supports 37,000 jobs and boosts Iowa household income by $1.8 billion; and
WHEREAS, Renewable fuels production makes Iowa a net exporter of motor fuel; and
WHEREAS, Iowa is a leader in innovative public policy to support the production and use of renewable fuels; and
WHEREAS, Consumers benefit from lower-cost, cleaning-burning renewable fuels; and
WHEREAS, The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is celebrating its twentieth anniversary promoting renewable fuels in Iowa and around the world;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kim Reynolds, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby proclaim February 27, 2022 as,
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Day
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 42 ethanol refineries capable of producing 4.5 billion gallons annually – including 34 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity – and 11 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce 410 million gallons annually. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at: www.IowaRFA.org.