SIOUX CITY, IA, Oct. 4, 2017 - American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) member plant Siouxland Ethanol LLC brought biofuels to the forefront at last week’s 15th annual Tri-State Governors’ Conference in Sioux City, Iowa, where the governors of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota discussed issues affecting their states and the region. Pam Miller, Siouxland’s director of industry and investor relations, thanked the governors for their ethanol industry advocacy through their involvement on the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition and asked for their cooperation with a plan to lead a Midwestern-focused E30 demonstration program. The governors shared initiatives their states are implementing to support the use of ethanol-blended fuels. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds mentioned a test program for E30 in the Iowa Energy Plan. Nebraska’s Pete Ricketts expressed his optimism in working with the Trump administration and the opportunity the biofuels industry possesses to further grow rural economies. South Dakota’s Dennis Daugaard mentioned a state bid to bring E30 into the main state fleet fuel locations in Pierre, Brookings and Sioux Falls. The direct economic impact of the ethanol industry is calculated to be a combined total of more than $12 billion annually for Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, with more than 80 plants in the tri-state region producing more than 7.5 billion gallons of ethanol each year – almost half of the total annual production of ethanol nationwide.
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