WASHINGTON — The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today welcomed another new member: Badger State Ethanol (BSE) of Monroe, Wisconsin.
Erik Huschitt, BSE General Manager, explained RFA’s appeal this way, “RFA has repeatedly impressed us over the years. RFA’s technical expertise is second to none. We are working hard in Wisconsin to provide the first E15 retail pump and have relied heavily on RFA’s staff. RFA cares about our company and our future. We all need to work together to move our ethanol industry forward.”
In welcoming BSE, Bob Dinneen, RFA’s President and CEO, commented, “BSE will be a valuable member and voice at the Board of Directors table. BSE’s track record of success and constant innovation will provide helpful guidance and creative approaches as we continue to lay the ground work for a strong, expanding, and diverse ethanol industry. Working with companies like BSE, I know this industry will continue to strengthen this nation’s energy independence, improve the environment, and create jobs and opportunity in rural America. Ethanol produced by companies like BSE and policies like the Renewable Fuel Standard are making this country stronger each and every day.”
BSE produces over 57 million gallons of ethanol a year in addition to 128,000 tons of livestock feed (Dried Distillers Grains), 50 percent corn protein (Dry Matter Basis) feed and corn oil. Carbon dioxide is also captured for use in the food industry. BSE employs 47 people and has nearly 500 investors.
BSE also leads the industry with its innovative SmartStation®, a wholly owned subsidiary of Badger State Ethanol. SmartStation was founded in 2005 with the intention of making locally produced ethanol available directly to consumers through the use of blender pumps. BSE was fully two to three years ahead of other companies with the concept of blending at the pump. The system utilizes two in-ground tanks, one with ethanol and one with gasoline. The stations are open 24/7 and there is no attendant. Customers can use major credit cards or their Smart Card. Current blends are 10 percent, 25 percent, and 85 percent; with much work being done to add E15. Smart Station is currently located in Monroe and Platteville, Wis. The Monroe location is looking to upgrade to the new blender pumps.