The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has announced that Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will discuss Iowa's leadership in the production of biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, at the 9th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show on January 27, 2015. The summit will be held at The Meadows Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa.
"Governor Branstad has been a steadfast supporter of renewable fuels, and through his proactive leadership Iowa has become the number one renewable fuels producing state," says IRFA president Brian Cahill. "Iowa's renewable fuels community is looking forward to hearing the governor discuss continuing Iowa's renewable fuels leadership and urging the EPA to maintain a strong and growing federal Renewable Fuel Standard or RFS at this year's Summit."
Retired Admiral Len Hering to discuss biodiesel and sustainability
Another featured speaker, retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Len Hering, will address biodiesel and sustainability at the 9th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit.
"Summit attendees will learn a great deal about biodiesel, renewable energy and sustainability from retired Rear Admiral Len Hering," says IRFA executive director Monte Shaw. "Mr. Hering is a distinguished leader on renewable energy and sustainability issues, and I know he'll fit right in with a great line-up of speakers for the 2015 Summit."
Hering retired from the U.S. Navy in 2009 after 32 years of service, in which he was considered a top expert in base operations and facility support with an emphasis on sustainability and the environment. In 2005, President George W. Bush awarded Hering with the Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management. Hering currently serves as the Executive Director for the Center for Sustainable Energy.
Summit is free and open to the public but you must pre-register
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show is free and open to the public. But you need to register ahead to attend, as the number of attendees is limited. To register to attend, review sponsorship opportunities, and learn more about the 2015 Summit, visit the IRFA website.
Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 42 ethanol refineries capable of producing over 3.8 billion gallons annually, with three cellulosic ethanol projects 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 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.