Iowa Group Sets Ethanol, Biodiesel Priorities For 2013

Iowa Group Sets Ethanol, Biodiesel Priorities For 2013

IRFA elects officers for 2013, and aims to increase consumer access to E15 and higher biodiesel blends.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association last week announced its new board of directors and officers, along with its new executive committee for 2013. IRFA held its 2012 annual meeting December 11. IRFA board members vote to elect officers. New officers will serve a one year term during the 2013 calendar year.

AVAILABILITY OF E15: The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has elected new officers and put its executive committee in place for 2013. Increasing consumer access to E15, the 15% ethanol blend, and increased access to higher blends of biodiesel, is a priority for IRFA in the coming year. Rick Schwarck of Absolute Energy, an ethanol production plant at St. Ansgar in northern Iowa, is the new president of IRFA for 2013.

2013 IRFA Board of Directors Officers: President, Rick Schwarck of Absolute Energy, an ethanol plant at St. Ansgar in northern Iowa; vice president, Steve Bleyl, Green Plains Renewable Energy; treasurer, Brian Cahill, Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy; secretary, Tom Brooks, Western Dubuque Biodiesel. The executive director of IRFA is Monte Shaw, who is a non-voting member of the IRFA board.

The IRFA executive committee is comprised of the IRFA officers and other members as elected by the board. Elected to join the IRFA officers on the executive committee for 2013 are: past president, Brad Albin, Renewable Energy Group; at-large representatives are Craig Willis of ADM and Eamonn Byrne of Plymouth Energy.

The next 12 months will greatly influence the future of renewable fuels

"The 2012 was a challenging year for ethanol and biodiesel in Iowa," says IRFA executive director Monte Shaw. "The next twelve months will greatly influence the future of renewable fuels. Leveling the playing field through the Renewable Fuels Standard and empowering consumers through wider availability of E15 and higher biodiesel blends will be vital to the continued success of Iowa's ethanol and biodiesel producers in the future."~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~

Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production, notes Shaw. Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce 300 million gallons annually. In addition, Iowa has 41 ethanol refineries capable of producing nearly 3.7 billion gallons annually, with one traditional ethanol plant and two cellulosic ethanol facilities currently under construction.

IRFA was formed in 2002 to represent the state's liquid renewable fuels industry. The trade group fosters 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.

Register now for 7th Annual Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show

Shaw reminds anyone who is interested to register now for the 7th annual Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show. It will be held January 30, 2013 at Prairie Meadows Conference Center at Altoona, on the northeast edge of Des Moines. The keynote speaker will be Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, and industry group representing the ethanol industry in Washington, D.C.

Buis will discuss the challenges facing the ethanol industry in 2013. Under Buis, Growth Energy has been a powerful voice for ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard. Also, Buis and Growth Energy have been instrumental in promoting E15 through public outreach and the "American Ethanol" NSACAR sponsorship.

"Iowa leads the nation in ethanol production, so needless to say, the IRFA is excited to have such a great voice for the industry at the 2013 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit," says IRFA president Rick Schwarck. "Growth Energy has been a tireless advocate for E15, and Tom's leadership has spurred their commitment to bringing fuel choice to consumers around the nation."

The 2013 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show is free and open to the public but you need to register to make sure you reserve your place at the event. To register and learn more about the Summit, click here.

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