Iowa Petroleum Marketer, Renewable Fuels Groups Form Partnership

Published in CSP Daily News

Will focus on bringing more renewable fuels to Hawkeye motorists

JOHNSTON, Iowa -- The Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Stores of Iowa (PMCI) and the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) have formed a renewable fuels partnership. Representatives of both groups will serve in an advisory capacity to exchange ideas on advancing the availability and use of renewable fuels in Iowa. The two organizations will focus on bringing more renewable fuels to Iowa motorists, addressing the needs of the marketplace and consumer education.

"We're pleased to be part of an alliance that brings together fuel marketers and producers to work on key issues that will benefit both industries," said Dawn Carlson, President of PMCI. "Working collectively, we can bolster the distribution network for domestically-produced fuels and strengthen the local economy."

Lucy Norton, IRFA managing director, added, "IRFA's ethanol and biodiesel producer members look forward to joining forces with the petroleum marketers' network to bring more ethanol blend fuel options to Iowa motorists. Cooperatively, we'll bring a strong education program to consumers on the benefits of having a variety of renewable fuels to meet their needs and their wallets."

IRFA was formed in 2002 to represent the state's liquid renewable fuels industry. The trade group fosters the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development.

PMCI is a nonprofit state trade association that has been serving the needs of independent petroleum distributors, gasoline retailers and convenience store owners since 1937.

A coalition of petroleum and renewable fuels organizations is hosting a Renewable Fuels Workshop on January 11, 2012,  in West Des Moines, Iowa.  The Iowa Biodiesel Board (IBB), Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA), Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Stores of Iowa (PMCI) and Renewable Energy Group (REG) are coming together to provide fuel retailers and distributors with insight on what’s in store for renewable fuels in 2012.  

"This is a great opportunity for Iowa retailers to learn about new opportunities for 2012," said Norton.

Workshop topics include renewable fuels blend economics, biodiesel market outlook, E15, new state tax incentives for ethanol and biodiesel effective in 2012 and state funding for biofuels infrastructure.  A trade show will feature the latest storage and dispensing equipment for biofuels.  

The workshop is free; however, pre-registration is required ( click here).