Gov. Branstad to address biofuels conference on Jan. 28

Source: Written by CHRISTOPHER DOERING, Des Moines Register • Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

 Iowa Governor Terry Branstad / Iowa City Press-Citizen

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association said Monday Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will address its 8th annual summit and trade show later this month. The event will take place Jan. 28, 2014 in Altoona.

Branstad, a strong proponent of ethanol, has been critical of the White House for proposing in November to lower how much ethanol must be blended into the country’s fuel supply in 2014 under the Renewable Fuel Standard — a mandate that requires refiners to blend ever increasing amounts of biofuels into the nation’s gasoline supply through 2022. The Environmental Protection Agency could choose to finalize the proposal or make changes to its draft.

The proposed drop marks the first time the Obama administration has considered lowering the Renewable Fuel Standard.

“Governor Branstad’s staunch, unwavering support of the federal RFS and Iowa’s renewable fuels industry has helped Iowa remain the nation’s leader in renewable fuels production,” said Steve Bleyl, president of the stated IRFA.

Iowa has 42 ethanol refineries capable of producing over 3.8 billion gallons annually, with three cellulosic ethanol projects currently under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 315 million gallons annually.