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RFA Chief Unveils Detailed 10-Point Industry Plan in Annual State of the Industry Address

February 19, 2015

           

GRAPEVINE, Texas � Today, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen discussed a 10-point plan for the future of the ethanol industry during his annual State of the Industry address at the National Ethanol Conference in Grapevine, Texas. Dinneen began by declaring, ��as I contemplate the state of the U.S. ethanol industry today, it is without hesitation or hyperbole that I conclude it is brimming with the confidence of an industry that has seen tough times and thrived, good times and prepared, and turbulent times and never wavered.� The state of the ethanol industry is strong.� Dinneen detailed the maturity of the industry, noting last year�s success despite the Environmental Protection Agency�s (EPA) indecision and proposed cuts to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), pointing to the expansion of the ethanol market globally, and highlighting the emergence of cellulosic ethanol. But, Dinneen implores that �there is much work left to do�, noting that �RFA is committed to an aggressive 10-point agenda that will move the industry forward and assure continued growth and evolution.� Dinneen outlines a 10-point plan to: 1)����� Get the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on a growth trajectory that will crack the blend wall and motivate investment in new cellulose technologies 2)����� Grow market opportunities for higher-level ethanol blends including E15 and E85 3)����� Secure parity for E10 and E15 with respect to EPA�s RVP regulations 4)����� Expand export markets 5)����� Create a level playing field for cellulosic biofuels by securing a long-term tax incentive 6)����� Develop a roadmap for Renewable Super Premium (RSP) 7)����� Support low carbon fuels programs �done right� and developed with the best available science 8)����� Improve railroad service while prioritizing highly volatile crude oil for railcar safety modifications 9)����� Continue to promote safety practices and procedures both at the plant and in the transport of ethanol 10)�� Provide detailed technical guidance that establishes a solid foundation for the industry�s fuel marketplace and policy priorities Dinneen�s full remarks, as prepared for delivery, can be found here. Video footage can be found below: Live stream videos at Ustream