Iowa maintains production level

By Staff | February 18, 2014

Ethanol production in America’s highest-producing state held steady in 2013. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association reported that the state’s 42 ethanol plants produced 3.74 billion gallons last year, roughly matching production in 2011 and 2012. The state accounts for approximately 28 percent of all U.S. ethanol production. 

While ethanol production held steady in 2013, the state's output is expected to increase this year as three cellulosic ethanol plants located in the state begin coming online. DuPont is developing a 30 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa. Another 20 MMgy of cellulosic ethanol capacity is under development by Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuel LLC in Emmetsburg, Iowa. Finally, Quad County Corn Processors is developing 2 MMgy of cellulosic capacity at the site of its 35 MMgy ethanol plant in Galva, Iowa. 

“With the record U.S. corn harvest in the bin and new production facilities coming online, there is hope that Iowa can once again expand ethanol production.  But hanging over that potential like a gray cloud is the EPA proposal to cut the [renewable fuel standard],” said Monte Shaw, executive director of the IRFA.