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 due to an increase in gasoline demand, allowing more E10 blending and increased ethanol export opportunities.
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw said, “Setting another annual ethanol production record is a testament to the efficiency and hard work of Iowa’s ethanol plants.”
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,” added Shaw. “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.”