Grassley receives Fueling Growth award from Growth Energy

By Sen. Chuck Grassley's office | September 27, 2016

Growth Energy presented Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, with its 2016 Fueling Growth award, which the group called its “highest honor given to congressional leaders who advocate for renewable fuels like ethanol and consumer choice at the pump.”

“As I often say, ethanol is ‘good, good, good’—good for jobs and the rural economy, good for energy security and good for the environment. Ethanol is an important source of sustainable clean energy and key to unlocking American energy independence,” Grassley said. “I’m honored to be recognized for my work on behalf of the Iowans who produce ethanol and help fuel our nation.”

Growth Energy represents the producers and supporters of ethanol. Its mission is to feed the world and fuel America in ways that achieve energy independence, improve economic well-being and create a healthier environment for all Americans.

“Senator Grassley has been a tireless advocate for the ethanol industry,” said Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy. “Year after year he has fought to protect the renewable fuel standard and ensure that the EPA does not turn back the clock on the progress of biofuels, like ethanol. Iowa is the nation’s largest ethanol producer and his advocacy on behalf of consumer choice and access to higher biofuel blends that are better for our engines, environment and wallet makes him an outstanding champion of the industry and most deserving of Growth Energy’s 2016 Fueling Growth award.”

Grassley is a successful leader for environmentally-friendly alternative energy. Grassley led a bipartisan coalition of 39 senators to urge the U.S. EPA to abide by the congressionally passed renewable fuel standard (RFS). The RFS taps rural America’s next-generation biofuels to reduce dependence on foreign oil, gives consumers a choice to use clean burning energy and creates jobs in rural communities. Grassley is also known as the “Father of the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit” for bipartisan legislation he authored that created the credit in 1992. The wind energy production tax credit, which Grassley has led to reauthorization numerous times since its enactment, is a major success story, encouraging private sector innovation to create good-paying jobs, produce clean energy and strengthen U.S. energy independence.