JOHNSTON, Iowa (KWWL) — Comparing to 2019, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is reporting that Iowa ethanol production fell 500 million gallons or 12% in 2020.
This was the result of the COVID-19 pandemic, trade disputes around the world and illegal exemptions granted from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
"While a pandemic is unpredictable and trade disputes are difficult to resolve, there are steps that our leaders can take today to begin to heal the demand destruction done to Iowa’s ethanol producers,"
"President Biden can instruct his EPA to properly enforce the RFS as Congress intended. Congress has the opportunity to ensure that any legislation they consider to reduce emissions is technology-neutral and provides biofuels — the only tool in our toolbox ready to reduce carbon emissions on a grand scale today — a level playing field."Executive Director Monte Shaw, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
2020 produced only 3.7 billion gallons which is the second year in a row that Iowa ethanol production dropped. This is following 2018's record of 4.35 billion gallons.
"We also believe that Midwestern states should not cede the fuel policy debate to the East and West coasts. We are seeing aggressive attempts on both coasts to ignore science and push low carbon biofuels out of the picture in favor of electric vehicle mandates. Here in Iowa, we will work with Governor Kim Reynolds and the legislature to continue to create growth opportunities for biofuels use."Executive Director Monte Shaw, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association