The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association announced this week that three Iowa state legislators leaving their posts in 2014 were honored with the "Lifetime Champion of Renewable Fuels" award for their long, distinguished careers and steadfast support of renewable fuels.
"It's bittersweet to see these distinguished individuals leave the state legislature after long, successful careers, and we wish them nothing but the best in the future," said IRFA policy director Grant Menke. "Their unwavering support and leadership on renewable fuels issues will be greatly missed, and we sincerely thank them for their enduring accomplishments."
Their support and leadership on biofuel issues will be missed
The "Lifetime Champion of Renewable Fuels" awards from the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association were given to:
• State Sen. Daryl Beall of Fort Dodge, Iowa. Sen. Beall was an enthusiastic supporter of renewable fuels who worked tirelessly to promote ethanol and biodiesel both inside and outside the state legislature.
• State Sen. Nancy Boettger of Harlan, Iowa. As a farmer, Sen. Boettger was a rock solid supporter of renewable fuels who was critical in winning support for Iowa's renewable fuels policy, including tax credits for retailers offering higher ethanol and biodiesel blends and fuel dispensing equipment grants for renewable fuels upgrades.
• State Sen. Hubert Houser of Carson, Iowa. Sen. Houser was also instrumental in passing the framework of today's renewable fuels policy in Iowa, and was active in the creation of Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE), an ethanol production facility in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Iowa is the nation's leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing more than 3.8 billion gallons annually, including 22 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity and one cellulosic ethanol facility currently under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with capacity to produce nearly 315 million gallons annually. The IRFA 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.
Register now to attend Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit Jan. 27
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has announced that retired Four-Star General and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley Clark will discuss American ethanol, energy security and his new book, "Don't Wait for the Next War," at the 9th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show on January 27, 2015. The event will be held at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, on the northeast edge of Des Moines.
"IRFA is excited to have retired Four-Star General Wesley Clark address the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit to provide attendees with a unique perspective on biofuels and their impacts on national security," says IRFA immediate past-president Steve Bleyl. "With discussion over renewable fuels policy at fever-pitch, the 2015 Summit will be a great place to hear the latest and greatest on the future of renewable fuels."
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show is free and open to the public. To register to attend, review sponsorship and trade show opportunities, and learn more about the 2015 Summit, please visit iowarfa.org/2015Summit.php.