Iowa, the Ethanol Producing State, produced 15 million cubic meters 2015.

Iowa’s biorefiners has crossed the 4 billion gallons – 15.1 million cubic meter – ethanol production threshold in 2015

In Iowa, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) announced January 3 that Iowa’s 43 ethanol plants produced over 4 billion gallons  during 2015, up slightly from 3.9 billion gallons in 2014. Iowa continues to be the number one ethanol producing state, and is estimated to account for roughly 27 percent of USA ethanol production in 2015.  The increase came from “efficiency gains and de-bottlenecking at existing plants, as well as ethanol production from cellulosic feedstocks such as corn stover and corn kernel fiber”, the IRFA said in a statement.
“While Iowa took a modest step forward in production this year, we have the corn supplies to really expand ethanol production,” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “What we don’t have is access to the market for higher ethanol blends.  The USDA blender pump grant program will help move the needle forward in 2016 and we hope the EPA will get the RFS back on track when they propose the RFS levels for 2017.  If we can crack the petroleum monopoly on fuel choice, it will benefit consumers, farmers and the environment.”

Iowa is the nation’s leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 43 ethanol refineries. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 315 million gallons – 1-2 million cubic meter, annually.