IRFA meets with retailers, plans annual summit

By Susanne Retka Schill | January 09, 2012

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is holding a free renewable fuels workshop for Iowa retailers Jan. 11 as it prepares for its 6th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit later in the month.

The Jan. 11 workshop is being held at the Sheraton Inn, West Des Moines. Topics to be covered include renewable fuels blend economics, E15, biodiesel market outlook, new state tax incentives for ethanol and biodiesel and state funding for biofuels infrastructure, and the balance between ethanol and livestock production.

Later in January, IRFA is focusing its annual summit on energy security. Former National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane’s address, “Foreign Oil:  Breaking Our Addiction Through Consumer Fuel Choice,” will explain the motivation for and work of the United States Energy Security Council that he co-founded. The council’s mission is focused on diminishing the inordinate strategic importance of oil, which stems from its virtual monopoly over transportation fuel.

“We’re privileged to have Mr. McFarlane join the Summit program to underscore the hazardous results of the oil monopoly on the U.S. economy,” said Lucy Norton, IRFA managing director.  “His message of consumer fuel choice will make clear how flex-fuel vehicles and renewable fuels can play a significant role in reducing our country’s dangerous foreign oil dependence.”

The summit and trade show will be held 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m, Jan. 24, at Veterans Memorial/Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines. The event is free and open to the public. Participants can get more information and register online at