Branstad To Head National Governor's Biofuels Coalition

Branstad To Head National Governor's Biofuels Coalition

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will lead this influential group through an important year for ethanol and biodiesel.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad was recently selected as Chairman of the Governors' Biofuels Coalition for 2013, a year with a great deal at stake for the renewable fuels community. Rick Schwarck, president of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, recently wrote a letter to the governor stating:

BIOFUEL LEADERSHIP: Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad was recently selected by his fellow U.S. governors to chair the national Governors Biofuels Coalition. He will lead the group through an important year. Issues in 2013 are expansion of the availability of the E15 ethanol blend, maintaining the Renewable Fuel Standard, and enactment of long-term tax policies favorable to further development and growth of the biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol industries.

"Your leadership and willingness to serve as a great representative of Iowa has been instrumental in helping our state lead the nation in both renewable fuels production and policy. Your work as the original chair of what was then called the Governors' Ethanol Coalition and your more recent accomplishments as vice chair of the Governors Biofuels Coalition have truly helped lift the industry to where it stands today."

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is set to lead group through important year

"We look forward to working with you as chairman of the coalition to continue to expand E15 availability nationwide, to maintain the federal Renewable Fuel Standard and to enact stable, long-term tax policies favorable to the further development and growth of the biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol industries."

Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production, notes Schwarck. Iowa has 41 ethanol refineries capable of producing over 3.7 billion gallons annually, with one wet mill 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.~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~

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 IRFA website.

Future trends for renewable fuels, agriculture and crude oil will be addressed at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit January 30 in Des Moines

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association will hold its annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show January 30, 2013 in Des Moines. This year the speakers will look at future trends for U.S. agriculture and renewable fuels in one of the sessions.

The "Market Outlook for 2013 and Beyond" panel will include Robert Gough, Director of Renewable Fuels for the Oil Price Information Service, or OPIS. Gough will provide an analysis of crude oil and renewable fuels price trends through the next decade. Also joining the panel will be Nathan Kauffman, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, who will discuss his recent publication which highlights the role of markets in determining the scale of ethanol production and its use of corn in the future.  The final panelist and moderator, economist John Urbanchuk of Cardno ENTRIX, will highlight the impact of renewable fuels on Iowa's economy.

A look at what to expect for renewable fuels, oil demand, pricing and its impact on farm commodities now and in the future 

"This panel will provide the Summit audience with a glimpse of what to expect for renewable fuels and gasoline production, demand and pricing and its impact on farm commodities now and in the future," says IRFA executive director Monte Shaw. "This panel will be an excellent complement to announced speakers like Gov. Terry Branstad and Growth Energy's Tom Buis."

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit provides a great opportunity to hear experts address state and national issues facing the future of renewable fuels, as well as network with biofuels professionals and business leaders throughout the Midwest. The Summit, held at The Meadows Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa, is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website.

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