The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association joined a number of renewable fuels supporters and the media at Iowa Speedway in Newton on July 11 to celebrate two recent ethanol related accomplishments. The first topic was Quad County Corn Processors' Adding Cellulosic Ethanol (ACE) technology that recently produced Iowa's first gallons of cellulosic ethanol. That farmer-owned ethanol plant at Galva, which makes ethanol from corn grain, began its first commercial production of cellulosic ethanol on July 1.
The second topic at the press conference July 11 was Syngenta's donation of $108,000 for blender pump funding, a cost-share program for fuel retailers in Iowa. That financial incentive program will help encourage more fuel retailers to put in pumps at gas stations to handle higher blends of ethanol such as E15 and E85. The goal is to help make cleaner-burning, homegrown ethanol more widely available to consumers.
Cellulosic feedstock, higher ethanol blends boost rural Iowa
"No one can deny the positive impact ethanol has had on rural America, and the good news is we're not done yet," said IRFA executive director Monte Shaw. "Today's announcements by Syngenta and Quad County Corn Processors outline a powerful combination for rural Iowa's future – higher ethanol blends and cellulosic feedstocks. They go hand in glove."
Without higher blends like E15 and E85 you don't need non-corn starch feedstocks—there's plenty of corn. "Yet combined, cellulosic feedstocks and higher ethanol blends can lead us to greater economic opportunities and the ability to dramatically reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil," said Shaw. "The lynch pin to linking these two opportunities into one is the federal Renewable Fuel Standard or RFS. We need the EPA to follow the law and uphold a strong and growing RFS."
Quad County is Iowa's first cellulosic ethanol producer
"We're not only excited to be Iowa's first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol producers and RIN generators, we're also happy to see the ACE process ramp-up to 24/7 production," said Quad County Corn Processors CEO Delayne Johnson. "With uncertainty looming around the RFS and the uncertainty in the Middle East, now more than ever is a great time to increase plant efficiencies and provide more economical, homegrown ethanol for consumers."
"Renewable fuels are an essential part of the American energy equation, benefitting consumers, farmers and American energy independence," stated David Witherspoon, head of Renewable Fuels at Syngenta. "We're proud to support fuel choice with our financial donation and help ensure consumers continue to have greater access to renewable fuel blends."
Syngenta donates $108,000 to make flex fuels more widely available
At the press conference Syngenta announced a $108,000 donation to the renewable fuels industry to make flex fuels more widely available through an investment in flex fuel pump infrastructure. It is part of a three-year commitment announced in 2013 to contribute $1 to the ethanol industry for every corn acre planted with Enogen® trait technology. The goal is to get more blender pumps installed at Iowa gas stations, to make higher blends of ethanol more available for motorists.
In addition to this year's $1 per acre donation, Syngenta is involved with Iowa FFA chapters in an effort to match those dollars through a fund raising initiative. "Syngenta is pleased to continue its support for the ethanol industry by donating $1 for every acre of Enogen seed planted during 2014 – and to be partnering with FFA to make that donation go even further," said Witherspoon. "Last year, the money was used to defend the Renewable Fuels Standard. The focus of this year's donation – and matching dollars – will be to make flex fuels more accessible and provide consumers with a choice at the gas pump."
Give consumers a choice to buy a superior higher octane fuel
According to Growth Energy, more than 170 million cars (those manufactured since 2001) are eligible to use E15. And, there are more than 16 million flex fuel vehicles on the roads today, with more on the way. Witherspoon says helping the industry expand its flex fuel pump footprint will enable consumers to have a choice to purchase a superior higher octane fuel, and pay less.
"Clearly, we have the vehicles capable of using blends higher than E10, but consumers need greater access to stations capable of providing the higher blends, and need the petroleum marketing industry's support to make that access a reality," Witherspoon said. "The widespread availability of flex fuel vehicles—as well as those eligible to use E15—demonstrates that there is a market ready for a less expensive, higher octane, more environmentally friendly alternative fuel."
Enogen is the only corn engineered to boost ethanol production
Syngenta is a leader in the quest for affordable and sustainable renewable fuels, said Witherspoon. Enogen trait technology from Syngenta is the only corn output trait bioengineered specifically to enhance ethanol production. Enogen corn creates a win-win-win situation by adding value for ethanol plants, for corn growers and for rural communities.
Contributing to both food and fuel production, ethanol is making a significant contribution to the U.S. economy, helping to drive down gasoline prices for consumers and reduce carbon emissions for a cleaner environment. For more information about Enogen trait technology, visit www.enogen.net and follow it on Twitter and Facebook.
Cellulosic Ethanol Technologies and Syngenta collaborate
Cellulosic Ethanol Technologies is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Quad County Corn Processors. Earlier this year, Syngenta announced an agreement with Cellulosic Ethanol Technologies to license the Adding Cellulosic Ethanol technology to other ethanol production facilities. Thus, Syngenta is helping Quad County market its cellulosic ethanol technology to ethanol plants.
"Ethanol is helping America reduce its dependence on foreign oil, lowering prices at the pump, improving the environment with lower emissions, and growing the economy with jobs that can't be outsourced," said Jack Bernens, head of marketing and stakeholder relations for Enogen Trait Technology at Syngenta. "The combination of Adding Cellulosic Ethanol technology and Enogen could represent the next leap forward for ethanol production." For Adding Cellulosic Ethanol technical inquiries, call Tim Tierney at 612-801-9775 or Travis Brotherson at 712-282-4628.