The ethanol industry has been under attack in Congress with legislation introduced in both chambers to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard. Renewable Fuel Association President Bob Dinneen says many of the questions about whether or not the standard is working were answered this week when Quad County Corn Processors in Galva Iowa broke ground this week on their new cellulosic ethanol plant.
Dinneen says the blend wall argument is handled by the fact Quad County is also selling E-85 directly from their corn ethanol plant and the service station across the road offers E-85 for 95 cents less than the cost of regular gas. He adds that food versus fuel concerns are also answered by the Galva plant.
The House Energy Committee has been examining the RFS issue this summer with several hearings and taking testimony from proponents and opponents of the standard.