Iowa Renewable Fuels Ass'n partners with PMCI, plans Iowa summit

By Erin Voegele | December 13, 2011

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa announced the formation of a renewable fuels partnership. According to information released by the IRFA, representatives of both groups will serve in an advisory capacity to exchange ideas on increasing the availability and use of renewable fuels within the state. Together, the organization will focus on making biofuels more accessible to motorists and increasing consumer education.

 “We’re pleased to be part of an alliance that brings together fuel marketers and producers to work on key issues that will benefit both industries,” said Dawn Carlson, President of PMCI.  “Working collectively, we can bolster the distribution network for domestically produced fuels and strengthen the local economy.”

The IRFA has stressed the importance of the partnership. “IRFA’s ethanol and biodiesel producer members look forward to joining forces with the petroleum marketers’ network to bring more renewable fuel options to Iowa motorists,” said Lucy Norton, IRFA Managing Director.  “Cooperatively, we’ll bring a strong education program to consumers on the benefits of having a variety of renewable fuels to meet their needs and their wallets.”   

The IRFA also recently announced that retired U.S. Army Gen. Paul Kern will be a featured speaker at its 6th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit this January. During his presentation, Kern will address the danger of U.S. dependence on foreign oil to our nation’s military operations. The summit will also feature a trade show. Those interested in attending the free event can register online at

“We’re honored to have Gen. Kern as a presenter to talk about the perils of America’s dependence on foreign oil and how this reliance threatens our national security,” Norton said.  Other Summit highlights include the national outlook for biodiesel, the newest ethanol blend, E15, and the balance between ethanol and livestock production, she added.


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