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Renewable Fuels Summit is a week away

Cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa. Photo by Ben Nuelle.

by Ben Nuelle

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will speak at the 10th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit January 19th. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit will take place in Altoona. Lucy Norton is managing director of Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.

Norton says it is a very exciting time for the renewable fuels industry.

“The summit also coincides with the anniversary of the landmark energy policy which is known as the Renewable Fuels Standard. There will be a great deal of focus on the Renewable Fuels Standard. Looking at the business impact of the Renewable Fuels Standard with the most recent volumes that were announced late last year and take a look at what’s ahead.”

She says momentum is also building because the renewable fuels summit is two weeks before the Iowa caucuses.

“We’ll also look at how the presidential elections could influence the future for ethanol and biodiesel. Talking about those will be the Governor and Lieutenant Governor who have been with us for the past several years. They are going to talk about the leadership role that Iowa has in not only the production of ethanol and biodiesel but its usage.”

Iowa has 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing 4 billion gallons annually, including nearly 55 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity.

The summit is free to attend but registration is required. Registration deadline is January 12th. The 10th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit will take place at The Meadows Conference Center at Prairie Meadows in Altoona on Tuesday, January 19.

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