During this week's Annual Membership Meeting of the Renewable Fuels Association, Chuck Woodside, general manager of farmer-owned KAAPA Ethanol in Minden, Nebraska, was selected to be the new RFA Chairman. Woodside succeeds Chris Standlee, executive vice president of Abengoa Bioenergy. Also selected as vice chairman was Neill McKinstray, vice president and general manager, Ethanol Division of The Andersons, taking the position left vacant by Woodside's election. Bob Dinneen will continue as president of RFA.
Woodside underscored numerous activities that will be the focus of RFA in the year to come, including: efforts to extend current tax incentives for ethanol use, expanding ethanol markets through higher ethanol blend such as E15 and above, modifying fuel regulations to allow greater ethanol blending, challenging regulation of biogenic emissions by EPA, addressing incomplete science with respect to low carbon fuel regulations, developing next generation ethanol technologies, and expanding the market for distillers grains and other ethanol co-products.
The RFA Chairman pointed out that the ethanol industry is facing unprecedented challenges and on the precipice of unparalleled opportunity. Woodside says if acted upon correctly, all of the challenges and opportunities before the industry will usher in a golden era of American ethanol production and help turn the corner toward true energy security in this country.