30 Years of Unparalleled Progress
by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) …When the Renewable Fuels Association was formed in late 1980, America was producing just 175 million gallons of ethanol per year. Today, the industry produces more than 13 billion gallons annually, with some plants producing more ethanol than the entire industry in 1980.
…Clean Air Act (required) fuels with ethanol’s characteristics to improve air quality in the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. This marked the first time ethanol’s value as a cleaner alternative to petroleum was recognized and was the first large scale expansion in the market for ethanol use.
…New technologies that will expand the basket of feedstocks from which ethanol is produced require continued commitment to commercialize and achieve the goals of the RFA. And, new voices within the industry itself reflect the diversity and dramatic growth we have experienced and, with it, new internal industry dynamics.
American ethanol production is not monolithic. The industry is comprised of small producers and large publicly traded firms. It is populated with innovative and ingenious leaders with no shortage of ideas for the future of the industry. READ MORE