IRFA highlights impact of biofuels on Iowa's progress, prosperity

By Iowa Renewable Fuels Association | February 28, 2013

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has released an online version of an industry scrapbook that illustrates how far the renewable fuels industry has come and how profound its impact on Iowa has been over the past decade. “Progress and Prosperity: A Look Into Iowa’s Renewable Fuels Industry” is available on the IRFA website. The scrapbook provides anecdotes and fact-based information on the vast accomplishments and benefits of Iowa’s renewable fuels industry.

“The renewable fuels industry has a great story to tell and we hope the IRFA scrapbook helps remind people just what a difference ethanol and biodiesel have made for Iowa,” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “Behind each plant is a person, an idea, and a story that shines a spotlight on the renewable fuels industry’s ability to positively impact the individuals, neighborhoods, and communities of the people of Iowa.”

This book was created as part of IRFA’s tenth Anniversary celebration. It is available online at: www.IowaRFA.org or in hard copy by contacting the IRFA. The ethanol and biodiesel plants recognized in the book include: Absolute Energy, Ag Processing, Archer Daniels Midland, Big River Resources, Corn LP, Fiberight, Golden Grain Energy, Green Plains Renewable Energy, Homeland Energy Solutions, Iowa Renewable Energy, Lincolnway Energy, Little Sioux Corn Processors, Platinum Ethanol, Plymouth Energy, POET Biorefining—Coon Rapids, Quad County Corn Processors, Renewable Energy Group, Siouxland Energy and Livestock, Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, Western Dubuque Biodiesel, and Western Iowa Energy.

Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 41 ethanol refineries capable of producing over 3.7 billion gallons annually, with one wet mill and two cellulosic ethanol facilities 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.