Companies and individuals again have the opportunity to be part of Iowa's biofuels revolution at the fifth annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit on January 25, 2011. The event is hosted by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and will take place at the Polk County Convention Complex from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in downtown Des Moines.
The summit is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required, which can be done at www.IowaRFA.org. Anyone with questions can contact Lucy Norton at the IRFA office at (515) 252-6249. Last year's summit drew nearly 800 people, and more are expected this year to hear about consumer fuel choices and how biofuels will help bring more energy independence to our nation.
Hear latest updates on policy issues, learn about new technology
"Iowans are encouraged to attend to learn how the renewable fuels industry will navigate new markets and maneuver through new policies," says Lucy Norton, IRFA's managing director. "Participants can also visit with exhibitors to see the latest equipment for ethanol and biodiesel and learn more about new technology to further improve efficiencies for renewable fuels."
Attendees will hear from industry leaders and policy makers on introducing the newest ethanol blend – E15 – to Iowa motorists. The goal of E15 is to help advance alternative fuels beyond the "blend wall." Speakers will also talk about military deployment of renewable fuels to reduce America's reliance on foreign energy use.
Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production, notes Norton. Iowa has 40 ethanol refineries capable of producing nearly 3.7 billion gallons of ethanol annually. In addition, Iowa has 14 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce over 320 million gallons of biodiesel 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 Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website www.IowaRFA.org.