Johnston, IA - Iowa’s 43 ethanol plants had another record breaking year, producing 4.2 billion gallons in 2017.
The slight uptick in production from 4.1 billion gallons in 2016 is largely due to several plant expansions and increased demand of exports and higher blends like E15.
“Iowa continues to lead the country and the world in ethanol production and efficiency,” said Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Executive Director Monte Shaw.
“Several plant expansions just finished or will finish during the 1st quarter of 2018, so production could jump again next year.
"That makes expanding export markets abroad and breaking down unnecessary barriers to E15 here at home top priorities.”
IRFA’s top state policy priority for 2018 is securing funding for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program (RFIP) to ensure more retailers have the equipment necessary to offer higher blends of ethanol now and in the future.
However, coupled with RFIP funding, action at the federal level would create the best environment for retailers to move forward with E15.
“The EPA needs to provide the same regulatory treatment for E15 as all other ethanol blends,” added Shaw.
“That step alone would draw many more retailers into offering the option of E15 to their customers.
"Also, as the world’s cheapest source of fuel octane, we’ll be working to continue to build on the record exports of 2017.”
For more information, please contact Monte Shaw at 515-252-6249.