WASHINGTON — Today, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is proud to join Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) to celebrate the historic grand opening of their state-of-the-art cellulosic bolt-on facility. The Adding Cellulosic Ethanol (ACE) project, newly re-named “Cellerate,” allows QCCP to produce 2 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol each year from corn kernel fiber at their plant in Galva, Iowa.
“Today marks a historic moment for QCCP. Much time and energy has gone into this project and we are proud to be among the first plants in the nation to produce next-generation cellulosic ethanol,” stated Delayne Johnson, CEO of QCCP. “To the naysayers out there who believed cellulosic ethanol would never come to fruition, just take a walk around the plant today and you will see that cellulosic ethanol is truly a reality. Quad County is excited to be on the cutting edge of ethanol innovation, giving consumers access to low-cost, high-octane fuel that reduces America’s foreign oil dependence.”
Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the RFA, participated in the grand opening ceremony and praised QCCP, noting, “To the management, staff and investors of Quad County Corn Processors I say a hearty congratulations on your vision and your commitment to seeing it through. To EPA I say get out of Washington and see what is happening in places like Galva, Iowa.”
“Today’s event underscores the utter absurdity of EPA’s plan to scale back RFS levels. Cellulosic ethanol is here. Today!” Dinneen continued. “Here in Galva people are making the RFS work. Here farmers are fighting for America’s energy security. Here people care about reducing carbon emissions, lowering gasoline prices and providing consumers a choice at the pump. I hope EPA is watching what is happening here today.”
QCCP produces 35 million gallons of conventional ethanol annually and the cellulosic addition will allow them to increase ethanol production by 6 percent. The new technology and production has led to additional jobs at QCCP, bringing the total number of employees from 36 to 40.