RFA Welcomes New Members

Cindy Zimmerman

Six new member companies have joined the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) for the new year, including a new ethanol plant under construction in Kansas, a cellulosic ethanol facility soon to begin construction in North Dakota, and four associate members who provide goods and services to the industry.

The new RFA members are:

ELEMENT LLC, a partnership between ICM, Inc. and The Andersons, building a 70 million gallon per year biorefinery in Colwich, Kansas that will use ICM’s patent-pending Generation 1.5 Grain Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology™ to produce more than five million gallons of cellulosic ethanol annually.

New Energy Blue – building a 16 million gallon per year cellulosic ethanol plant in the Spiritwood Energy Park near Jamestown, N.D. The plant will use 280,000 tons per year of North Dakota wheat straw as its main feedstock and sell its biofuel into the California market under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

Associate member GROWMARK – an agricultural cooperative that offers a full line of energy products and recently announced offering pre-blended E15 at company-owned terminals in Amboy, Ashkum, and Petersburg, Ill., Fort Dodge, Iowa, and St. Joseph, Mo.

Associate member BetaTec Hop Products provides natural, customized solutions for controlling bacteria and enhancing fermentation for ethanol producers. It is a division of the world’s largest hops supplier, the Barth-Haas Group.

Associate member Renew Kansas represents the state’s independent ethanol producers, as well as farmers and those who provide services to the ethanol production industry in Kansas.

Associate member RSM US LLP is the U.S. member of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms with more than 43,000 people in over 120 countries.

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