GREEN Team Newsletter - Issue #204
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Executive Director Monte Shaw stated that Iowa’s renewable fuels industry is “ready to roll” in 2015 at the recent 9th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. While lower feedstock prices powered the industry during 2014, a strong and growing federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is needed to break the petroleum monopoly and increase consumer access to higher levels of cleaner-burning biofuels, like E15 and B20.
“Today, we are at a crossroads. I believe that never in the last decade has the renewable fuels industry been better poised for rapid growth,” stated Shaw. “Today, I can say with absolute confidence that Iowa’s renewable fuels industry is ready to roll! We’ve never been in a better position for the availability and diversity of feedstocks; the industry is coming off a profitable year; new markets are being developed; and new technologies are out of the lab and producing on a commercial scale. There is simply no question that this industry is ready to roll. The question is whether the President and Congress are going to allow the renewable fuels industry to ‘hit it,’ or leave us stuck in neutral.”
Shaw warned the Summit crowd, “We do not and should not sit back and wonder what D.C. will do. The oil lobby is out in full force. We must keep the pressure on President Obama to stand by the campaign promises he made to Iowans in 2008 and 2012. We must continually encourage our united federal delegation to fight the good fight for renewables in D.C. And we can look to the future. The race for the 2016 Iowa caucuses has already started and renewable fuels will be engaged in that process like never before.”
To watch video of Shaw’s full presentation at the Summit, please click here.
To view Shaw’s presentation slides, please click here.
For a complete 2015 Summit recap, please click here.
February 9, 2015
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) recently released a study conducted by ABF Economics economist John Urbanchuk highlighting the impact of the renewable fuels industry on Iowa’s economy at the 9th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show.
“2014 was a record-breaking year for the renewable fuels industry despite significant challenges and Iowa participated in the growth,” stated Urbanchuk. “Ethanol and biodiesel producers are part of a manufacturing sector that adds substantial value to agricultural commodities produced in Iowa. The first and second-generation feedstocks used to produce renewable fuels are produced primarily by Iowa farmers, and the R&D expenditures for renewable fuels provide important support for Iowa’s universities. Combined, these activities make a significant contribution to the Iowa economy.”
Based on the size and scope year-end, the renewable fuels industry had the following impacts on Iowa’s economy in 2014:
- Accounts for more than $4.9 billion, or about 3.5 percent, of Iowa GDP;
- Generates $2.5 billion of income for Iowa households; and
- Supports more than 46,700 jobs throughout the entire economy.
To view the full report, please click here.
To view a fact sheet on the report, please click here.
February 9, 2015
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) recently announced Anna Steenson of Des Moines won first place in IRFA’s 5th Annual “Fuel the Future” video contest for Iowa high school students. The IRFA awarded the senior from Central Campus a $1,000 grand prize for her creative and informative video titled “E15: Powering the Future.”
Karly Lent of Bettendorf, Iowa won the $600 second place prize for her video entitled, “Let’s Fuel the Future.” Karly is a junior at Bettendorf High School.
Jacquelyn Huynh, Dakota Karthan, Maria BabcockandJordan Bacon won the $400 third place prize for their video entitled, “Good for Your Car, Better for Iowa.” This group of girls is a collection of juniors and seniors from Ankeny High School.
“First, I want to thank all of the Iowa high school students who took on the challenge of entering this year’s contest and learning about the benefits of using renewable fuels,” stated IRFA Communications Director T.J. Page. “This year’s video contest winners all created highly imaginative, entertaining, and informative videos that do a great job of explaining the benefits of using cleaner-burning biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel.”
IRFA’s “Fuel the Future” video contest challenges Iowa high school students to create the best video highlighting the importance and benefits of renewable fuels—such as ethanol and biodiesel—to local communities, Iowa and the nation. This year’s contest was sponsored by the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. In addition to receiving $2,000 in prizes, the top three videos were featured at the 9th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. All of the contest entries are posted on IRFA’s YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/IowaRenewableFuels
The first place winner can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrNMjmRViUE
The second place winner can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT9EG_QzYt8&feature=youtu.be
The third place winner can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu_5HVGbqfs&feature=youtu.be