Kelley named champion of renewable fuels

DES MOINES — State Rep. Dan Kelley of Newton has been named a 2012 “Champion of Renewable Fuels” by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. 

“I am proud of my record in the legislature expanding the use and production of renewable fuels,” Kelley said. “With Iowa being a leader in renewable fuel production, it provides quality jobs right here in Jasper County, while making our environment healthier and reducing our dependence on foreign oil.”

Kelley is one of just 20 Iowa legislators to receive the “Champion of Renewable Fuels” award for his strong record supporting renewable fuels and for his leadership for renewable fuels in the Iowa Legislature.  

Currently, Iowa has 13 biodiesel facilities including one in Newton, with the capacity to produce 320 million gallons annually.  In addition, Iowa has 41 ethanol refineries capable of producing nearly 3.7 billion gallons annually.  

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association was formed in 2002 to represent the state’s liquid renewable fuels industry. The group offers support for the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development.