Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Elects New Officers

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Elects New Officers

Maintaining a strong and growing RFS and increasing consumer access to E15 and higher biodiesel blends are top priorities.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association yesterday announced its new board of directors, officers and executive committee for 2015, elected at IRFA's December 11, 2014 annual meeting. Each producer member has a seat on the board and votes on officers. New officers will serve a one-year term during the 2015 calendar year.

2015 IRFA Board of Directors Officers
President—Brian Cahill, Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy

Vice president—Tom Brooks, Western Dubuque Biodiesel

Treasurer—Eamonn Byrne, Plymouth Energy

Secretary—Rick Schwarck, Absolute Energy

Executive director—Monte Shaw (non-voting)

LOOKING AHEAD: "Providing certainty in the marketplace and leveling the energy playing field by restoring a strong and growing Renewable Fuel Standard is one of our top priorities to accomplish in 2015," says Brian Cahill. "We'll also work hard to expand the availability of E15 and higher biodiesel blends."

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 2015 are:

Past President—Steve Bleyl, Green Plains, Inc.

At-Large—Brad Albin, Renewable Energy Group

At-Large—Craig Willis, Archer Daniels Midland

Goal: restore a strong and growing Renewable Fuel Standard
"The renewable fuels industry had many accomplishments this past year, but many challenges remain for 2015," says IRFA president-elect Brian Cahill. "Providing certainty in the marketplace and leveling the energy playing field through the restoration of a strong and growing Renewable Fuel Standard or RFS, and allowing greater consumer choice at the pump through wider availability of E15 and higher biodiesel blends will be crucial to building upon the progress we've made. I'm excited to help lead the IRFA during this very important year."

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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 the capacity to produce nearly 315 million gallons annually.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association was formed in 2002 to represent Iowa'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 information visit the IRFA website.

Register now to attend Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit Jan. 27
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association also 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.

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