Iowa produced record ethanol output in 2016

Iowa corn being grown for ethanol.
Jake Slobe | December 27, 2016

Iowa’s 43 ethanol plants produced a record 4.1 billion gallons of ethanol in 2016, according to a state trade group.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says the increase in gasoline demand is the reason for the slight increase in production over 2015’s 4 billion gallons.

“Setting another annual ethanol production record is a testament to the efficiency and hard work of Iowa’s ethanol plants,” said Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw in a news release. “However, Iowa has the resources, both in corn and plant capabilities, to do much more.”

Shaw also mentioned the recently released Iowa Energy Plan, which outlines Iowa’s energy needs over the next decade. Among many other renewable energy priorities, the plan called for infrastructure upgrades to increase the availability of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel.

The report said that ethanol production in Iowa produces $2.253 billion in gross domestic product and supports nearly 9,000 jobs.

In the coming year, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association will push to secure funding for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program to ensure more retailers have the equipment to offer higher blends of ethanol. Funding for that grant program expired in 2016.


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