Iowa's 2016 ethanol production breaks record

By Iowa Renewable Fuels Association | December 28, 2016

Iowa’s 43 ethanol plants had another record-breaking year, producing 4.1 billion gallons in 2016. The slight uptick in production from 4 billion gallons in 2015 is largely the result of an increase in gasoline demand, allowing more E10 blending and increased ethanol export opportunities.

 “Setting another annual ethanol production record is a testament to the efficiency and hard work of Iowa’s ethanol plants,” said Monte Shaw, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association executive director. “However, Iowa has the resources, both in corn and plant capabilities, to do much more. In order to unlock this wealth of untapped potential, we need to move beyond E10 and ensure that all consumers have access to higher blends of ethanol at the pump, like E15. The federal government needs to break down regulatory barriers to higher blends that serve no purpose other than to protect petroleum.”

"IRFA’s top state policy priority for 2017 is securing funding for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program to ensure more retailers have the equipment necessary to offer higher blends of ethanol now and in the future. “The recently released Iowa Energy Plan highlighted the blender pump program as efficient, effective, and necessary to securing Iowa’s energy future,” Shaw said. “Home-grown ethanol is better for our environment, economy, and national security. But we can’t maximize all those benefits if the petroleum industry is allowed to monopolize access to the consumer.”