Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen discussed a 10-point plan for the future of the ethanol industry during his annual State of the Industry address at the National Ethanol Conference in Grapevine, Texas.
Dinneen touted the maturity of the industry, noting last year's success despite the Environmental Protection Agency's and proposed cuts to the Renewable Fuel Standard. He highlighted the expansion of the ethanol market globally and the emergence of cellulosic ethanol.
"RFA is committed to an aggressive 10-point agenda that will move the industry forward and assure continued growth and evolution," Dinneen told the conference attendees, explaining the plan that will:
1. Get the Renewable Fuel Standard on a growth trajectory that will crack the blend wall and motivate investment in new cellulose technologies
2. Grow market opportunities for higher-level ethanol blends including E15 and E85
3. Secure parity for E10 and E15 with respect to EPA's RVP regulations
4. Expand export markets
5. Create a level playing field for cellulosic biofuels by securing a long-term tax incentive
6. Develop a roadmap for Renewable Super Premium
7. Support low carbon fuels programs "done right" and developed with the best available science
8. Improve railroad service while prioritizing highly volatile crude oil for railcar safety modifications
9. Continue to promote safety practices and procedures both at the plant and in the transport of ethanol
10. Provide detailed technical guidance that establishes a solid foundation for the industry's fuel marketplace and policy priorities
Ethanol publications released
The Renewable Fuels Association also Thursday released a 2015 update to its Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide to Ethanol publications.
The two are RFA's most popular publications. They touch on core issues facing the ethanol industry and offer new data and statistics on ethanol.
The publications take a deeper look at the Renewable Fuel Standard, energy security, the environment, ethanol's impacts on the economy, U.S. agriculture, international trade, transportation, and cellulosic technology.
The Ethanol Industry Outlook offers comprehensive overviews of each topic, which are accompanied by detailed charts and graphs. The Pocket Guide to Ethanol gives readers access to the same information in a simpler portable format that includes many myth-busting factoids about ethanol.
"Driven by a corn crop exceeding 14.2 billion bushels, ethanol producers churned out a record 14.3 billion gallons of ethanol in 2014, logging one of their best years on record," said Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the RFA. "RFA's updated Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide to Ethanol demonstrate with hard facts that ethanol, despite all the challenges faced by the industry, remains a vital option for consumers at the pump as it continues to expand on a global scale."
Both are available in print and online at ethanolrfa.org.