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ACE congratulates Quad County Corn Processors for opening their cellulosic biorefinery

ACE salutes Quad County Corn Processors on their grand opening of their cellulosic biorefinery today.

Brian Jennings Executive Vice President of the American Coalition for Ethanol issued the following statement today on the grand opening of the cellulosic biorefinery at ACE member Quad County Corn Processors in Galva, Iowa.

“ACE is pleased to congratulate Quad County Corn Processors for making cellulosic ethanol history. Some of the biggest and most profitable companies in the world (including oil companies) have tried to perfect the process of converting cellulose to ethanol. It may come as a surprise to outsiders, but to ACE it makes perfect sense that the 35 employees and 353 farmer shareholders who reside in the Iowa counties of Cherokee, Buena Vista, Ida and Sac are the first people on the planet to successfully commercialize cellulosic ethanol from corn kernel fiber.

Today’s grand opening is a direct result of the ingenuity and hard work of the employees and shareholders of QCCP, but it’s also a direct result of the kind of innovation that occurs when a policy like the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is in place. More than any other policy enacted by Congress, the RFS has been a catalyst for innovation, including the kind of technology advancement developed at QCCP to make cellulosic ethanol from corn kernel fiber. Today EPA and the White House are trying to decide the RFS blending targets for ethanol, biodiesel and other renewable fuels for 2014 and beyond. I hope I’m wrong, but I’m very concerned they could set a dangerous and damaging precedent that limits ethanol use to whatever amount oil companies are willing to blend with their gasoline. In other words, EPA and the White House could end up turning the RFS on its head and reward oil companies for refusing to offer blends such as E15 and E85 to consumers.

Limiting ethanol use to just 10 percent of the gasoline market undermines the investment QCCP and other companies are making to commercialize cellulosic ethanol. So if we want to see this investment pay dividends, if we want to see the economic good you’ve created in Northwest Iowa spread to all corners of the country, if we are ultimately going to give millions of people the opportunity to breathe easier and pay less for fuel, then we need to demand that our leaders in Washington, DC keep their word, restore the RFS, and put it on trajectory that will lead to more economic benefits and innovation.” 

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