Renewable fuel marketing awards presented in Iowa
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced that Charlie Good from Good & Quick in Nevada and Richard Weiner from Cartersville Elevator Inc. in Nora Springs are the 2017 winners of the Secretary’s Ethanol and Biodiesel Marketing Awards. The awards were created by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to recognize fuel marketers that have gone above and beyond in their efforts to promote and sell renewable fuels.
“Good & Quick and Cartersville Elevator Inc. are steadfast supporters and advocates of renewable fuels and recognize their value to consumers. Their promotion of renewable fuels runs deep in their belief that these clean-burning homegrown fuels support local economies, environmental sustainability, and consumer choice at the pump,” Northey said.
The Secretary’s Ethanol and Biodiesel Marketing Awards were designed to recognize businesses that market the renewable fuels they have available through creative efforts including, but not limited to: hosting special events highlighting their renewable fuels, development of creative signage, initiation of new advertisements or marketing efforts, and dramatically increase renewable fuel availability.
The winners were announced and recognized during the Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Stores of Iowa Annual Meeting in Des Moines on Jan. 11th. The Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa is a non-profit state trade association serving the needs of independent petroleum marketers and convenience store owners throughout the state of Iowa.
“These fuel marketers allow customers to access ethanol and biodiesel blends produced right here in Iowa. Our state is a national leader in renewable fuels production, and we are very fortunate that many retailers are making significant investments to provide their customers with renewable fuels,” Northey said.
Charlie Good, the owner and operator of Good & Quick in Nevada, Iowa, is winner of the 2017 Secretary’s Ethanol Marketing Award.
Charlie Good not only offers E15 for vehicles in the Nevada area, he also offers biodiesel, E20, E30, E85 and is a leading national figure for ethanol promotion. He is relentless in educating his customers on renewable fuels and promoting consumer choice at the pump. He has briefed congressional staff on the value of E15 to the environment, the economy and national security and his photos and testimonials are used nationally to promote ethanol. He will be going back to Washington, D.C., in March to lobby for more ethanol standards for E-15 and above. His increased sales of higher ethanol blends are proof that no ethanol “blend wall” exists. He has shown true leadership in renewable fuels marketing and is visionary in his promotion of this renewable resource.
Charlie Good and Good & Quick were nominated for the award by the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa, Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.
Richard Weiner with Cartersville Elevator Inc. in Nora Springs is the winner of the 2017 Secretary's Biodiesel Marketing Award.
Richard Weiner’s commitment to biodiesel transcends the on-road diesel market and extends to his entire slate of fuel products. All diesel fuel sold by Cartersville Elevator, regardless of the season, includes some mixture of biodiesel—and has for nearly a decade. Because of the tireless marketing efforts of Weiner and Cartersville Elevator, their end-user fuel customers are not only comfortable consuming biodiesel, but they are now supporters and advocates for this homegrown product. They are leaders in biodiesel promotion and in demonstrating its benefits.
Richard Weiner and Cartersville Elevator Inc. were nominated for the award by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Iowa Biodiesel Board, and the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa.
Renewable Fuels Industry Overview
Iowa leads the nation in the production of ethanol and biodiesel. According to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Iowa has 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing more than 4.0 billion gallons annually, including nearly 55 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 315 million gallons annually.
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program offers cost-share grants for the installation of E85 dispensers, blender pumps, biodiesel dispensers, and biodiesel storage facilities. The grant program is managed by Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and more information can be found on the Department’s website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov.