WASHINGTON D.C. – The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is proud to announce their newest member, Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE). The company is located in Council Bluffs, Iowa and produces more than 120 million gallons of ethanol and more than 330,000 tons of Dried Distillers’ Grain (DDG) each year.
SIRE produces both wet and dry DDGs as well as corn oil, selling their high protein feedstock to facilities in the United States, Mexico, and the Pacific Rim. They are involved in the local agricultural community consuming more than 40 million bushels of corn per year from local farms in both Iowa and Nebraska.
Bob Dinneen, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association praised SIRE, commenting, “We know that SIRE will be a strong ally in the fight to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard, a program that is revitalizing rural communities, increasing household income and creating and sustaining more than 386,000 jobs. We are honored to have SIRE’s voice at the RFA Board table as we look to expand markets both domestically and abroad.”
“We are proud to be joining the Renewable Fuels Association, an organization well known for their resounding political message, ‘Don’t Mess with the RFS’. They are first rate at data collection and analysis and are always on top of current and upcoming regulations. It is absolutely vital in this day and age to have the most accurate and up-to-date information at our fingertips,” said Brian Cahill, President and CEO of Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy.
Cahill continued, “We are looking forward to being a part of the RFA Board, which is truly unique as each producer member receives a vote. It is important to have a voice on the national level to stand up to the naysayers who are attacking the very same industry that saves them money at the pump, lowers greenhouse gas emissions, and reduces America’s dependence on foreign oil.”
SIRE was formed in 2005 and began commercial production in early 2009. They are a dual-power facility receiving steam from a local power plant that runs in a closed loop, entering and exiting as steam, with the ability to use natural gas as a backup power supply.