INDIANAPOLIS MAYOR GREG BALLARD TOURS POET-CLOVERDALE BIOREFINERY
Cloverdale, IN -- Indiana Ethanol Producers Association member plant POET-Cloverdale was pleased to host Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard for a behind the scenes tour of Indiana's newest biorefinery.
Ballard became interested in Indiana's ethanol industry during a recent visit to Brazil where he learned of the country's expansive use of ethanol in their fuel supply. As a former officer in the United States Marine Corps, Mayor Ballard is a strong supporter of energy independence.
IEPA BOARD MEMBERS MEET WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Washington, D.C. -- Indiana Ethanol Producers Association Board Members Dave Hudak and Steve Pittman travelled to our nation's capital last week for the Annual Growth Energy Legislative Conference.
While in Washington, IEPA members were able to meet with numerous members of Indiana's Congressional Delegation, including Congressman Mike Pence and Senator Dan Coats. (pictured below)
Left to Right - Cardinal Ethanol General Manager Jeff Painter, POET Portland General Manager Steve Pittman, Congressman Mike Pence, and POET Alexandria General Manager Dave Hudak.
Left to Right - Cardinal Ethanol General Manager Jeff Painter, POET Portland General Manager Steve Pittman, Senator Dan Coats, and POET Alexandria General Manager Dave Hudak.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: INVEST IN OUR OWN RENEWABLE ENERGY
Terre Haute Tribune Star, August 29, 2011
Today our country is in an economic mess with no solution in sight. If there is one thing that all parties must come together on, it is a strategy to create jobs in order to get this country back on track.
There is a simple solution right in front of us which has provided unparalled, value-added opportunity for agriculture and America. It has generated good-paying jobs, spurred economic activity, and provided rural youth a reason and an opportunity to find jobs closer to home.
The solution is the new and advanced ethanol industry which has developed over the past 10 years. After leaving a declining plastics manufacturing industry which Asia is now dominating, I joined an ethanol company and quickly learned that the common myths about ethanol are simply not true. I’m amazed by the clean, energy efficient technology associated with ethanol production, and the opportunity to produce more ethanol using the new, advanced cellulosic ethanol technology.
This year at the POET Biorefining-Cloverdale Plant, we created 50 direct jobs and an estimated 240 other support jobs related to the ethanol start-up.
Every year we pay $300 billion annually to foreign countries for oil. Increasing access to higher level blends of ethanol will reduce the role that foreign oil plays in our economy and will keep more dollars in the U.S. economy. At 10 percent of our fuel supply, the ethanol industry contributed $53.6 billion to the nation’s economy, generated $8.6 billion in federal tax revenues and supported more than 400,000 direct and indirect jobs that can’t be outsourced. The ethanol industry is prepared to double this impact.
As a job creator, I strongly recommend that it’s time to invest in homegrown, renewable energy that will put Americans back to work and get our economy back on track.
— Dave Brooks
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CONGRESSMAN MARLIN STUTZMAN, LEGISLATORS TOUR PORTLAND BIOREFINERY
Portland, Ind (August 9, 2011)
Indiana Ethanol Producers Association board member Steve Pittman hosted Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R, IN-03), State Senator Carlin Yoder, and State Representative Bill Davis for a tour of the POET Portland Biorefinery.
Prior to the tour, Pittman was able to discuss with the legislators the ethanol production process and the plant's effect on local communities. The Jay County facility will be in Stutzman's district in the next Congress.
Congressman Marlin Stutzman, pictured left examines ethanol samples as State Representative Bill Davis (right) and Steve Pittman look on.
INDIANA ETHANOL PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION MEMBERS VISIT BRICKYARD 400 AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (July 29, 2011)
Indiana Ethanol Producers Association board members traveled to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to attend the Ethanol Stakeholders Summit, presented by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council. The event was held in conjunction with the Brickyard 400.
This is the first year of a historic partnership between American Ethanol and NASCAR, whose race teams now use green E15 in their race cars.
FORT WAYNE JOURNAL GAZETTE: ETHANOL INTEGRAL TO FARM NETWORK
By Bryan Christjansen, IEPA President (July 10, 2011)
In “Ethanol’s subsidies drain on economy” (Opinion, July 3), Wayne Townsend claims that ethanol production in the United States and in Indiana has caused the price of corn to “skyrocket,” thus “jeopardizing the financial health of the entire livestock and poultry industry.”
He is wrong.
With so many rumors and untruths swirling about ethanol, it is crucial to get the facts straight. Blaming ethanol for rising food and feed prices is false at best and disingenuous at worst.
The fact is that Indiana’s ethanol industry is a major producer of livestock and poultry feed, to the tune of more than 3.5 million tons of protein-rich distillers’ grains annually in the Hoosier state alone.
Read the entire article here
INDIANA ETHANOL PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION HOSTS STATE REPRESENTATIVE JIM BAIRD AT POET CLOVERDALE PLANT
CLOVERDALE, Ind (June 24, 2011)
Indiana Ethanol Producers Association member plant POET Biorefining - Cloverdale was pleased to host State Representative Jim Baird for a behind the scenes tour of POET's newest ethanol plant. IEPA Board Member Dave Brooks guided the tour for Baird and members of his legislative staff and answered questions about Indiana's growing ethanol industry.
INDIANAPOLIS STAR: ETHANOL'S DETRACTORS TRY TO STIFLE THE TRUTH
By Bryan Christjansen, IEPA President
Imagine if today we had a viable alternative to gasoline; an affordable, proven and domestic fuel that cleaned our air while creating American jobs. Imagine next that Congress, while doing the bidding of friends in Big Oil, conspired to kill that fuel in order to maintain the status quo and our failed energy policy that guarantees big profits for oil companies.
This is the reality that ethanol faces. With so many rumors and untruths, it is crucial to get the facts straight.
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ETHANOL PRODUCER MAGAZINE: THE POETIZATION OF COVERDALE
FROM ETHANOL PRODUCER MAGAZINE (JUNE 13, 2011) – Pulling off Interstate 70 heading west from Indianapolis, one can barely see the ethanol plant, but coming over the hill on the drive into the campus, the structures of Poet’s newest ethanol plant spread out in front of you. For those familiar with the 26 other Poet-built plants, Poet Biorefining-Cloverdale is not quite the same. For one, most Poet plants have nearly all equipment enclosed in buildings while the Vogelbusch design has fewer enclosures, and a larger footprint....
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IEPA Board Member appeared on the cover of the latest Ethanol Producer Magazine
INDIANA ETHANOL PRODUCERS THANK SENATORS COATS AND LUGAR FOR SUPPORT OF ETHANOL, RENEWABLE FUELS
ALEXANDRIA, Ind. (JUNE 15, 2011) – The Indiana Ethanol Producers Association today applauded Indiana Senators Dan Coats and Richard Lugar for their support for Hoosier farmers, rural communities, and ethanol producers through their co-sponsorship of the Ethanol Reform and Deficit Reduction Act.
“Ethanol is a renewable, job-creating, cleaner burning fuel made from the bounty of Hoosier Farmers and provides a critical boost for our rural communities,” said Bryan Christjansen, President of the Indiana Ethanol Producers Association. “I am grateful that Senators Coats and Lugar recognize the value that a vibrant ethanol industry brings to Indiana.”
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INDIANA CORN ANNOUNCES GRANTS FOR FUEL RETAILERS
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (June 10, 2011)
A new program launched by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) looks to give Hoosier consumers a choice at hte pump when it comes to purchasing ethanol blends.
The Flex Fuel Program, unveiled during the Indiana Ethanol Forum on June 9 in Indianapolis, offers cost-share dollars to fuel retailers looking to install flex fuel pumps that allow consumers to make the choice as to what blend of ethanol they want to use to fuel their flex-fuel vehicles.
Learn more about this innovative program by visiting the Indiana Corn Marketing Council website
INDIANA ETHANOL PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION MEMBERS ATTEND INDIANA ETHANOL FORUM
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (June 9, 2011)
I.E.P.A. Board members Bryan Christjansen, Dave Brooks, Steve Pittman, and Dave Hudak attended the annual Indiana Ethanol Forum, presented by Indiana Corn at the Indianapolis Colts Practice Facility. In addition to meeting Colts Tight End Dallas Clark, attendees were given important updates on the effect of ethanol on the Indiana Economy.
The IEPA distributed "I want E15" as well as new congressional district maps.
INDIANA ETHANOL PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION WELCOMES STATE LEGISLATORS TO PLANT
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind (June 11, 2011)
Indiana Ethanol Producers Association member plant; POET biorefining North Manchester was privileged to host State Representative Bill Friend (R, 23) and State Representative David Wolkins (R, 18) for a behind the scenes tour and discussion about ethanol in Indiana. IEPA President Bryan Christjansen was on hand to lead the members around the state of the art facility and answer any questions.
The IEPA has extended invitations to every member of the Indiana House of Representatives and Senate to visit one of the member facilities.
INDIANA ETHANOL PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION MEMBERS MEET WITH FEDERAL LEGISLATORS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 2011)
Board members of the Indiana Ethanol Producers Association travelled to Washington, D.C. in order to meet with members of the Indiana Congressional Delegatoin about the importance of ethanol to the Hoosier Economy.
IEPA Board Members will Growth Energy C.E.O. Tom Buis and POET C.E.O. Jeff Broin
IEPA Board Members along with Gary Lamie and Greg Noble from Indiana Corn with Senator Richard Lugar
Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the ethanol increase in fuel blend from 10% (E10) to 15% (E15). This will apply to more than 42 million vehicles produced from 2007 to present, with the possibility of approval for 86 million vehicles produced between 2001 and 2006. Approval of E15 for all vehicles has the potential to create approximately 3,400 full-time jobs and introduce approximately $600 million into the Indiana economy.
To learn more about E15 and all of the exciting opportunities that it presents,
please read the official Press Release and visit GrowthEnergy.org.