Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today received the 2013 Fueling Growth Award from Growth Energy for his work to develop clean-burning, domestically produced ethanol.
The award acknowledges that Grassley’s “hard work in Congress has made a significant contribution to the viability of the biofuels industry,” according to Growth Energy.
The award is given annually by Growth Energy to members of Congress who support ethanol advancement and work to craft consistent and fair federal policy for the industry.
Nationally, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that for every one billion gallons of ethanol produced, 10,000 jobs to 20,000 jobs are added to the economy.
In 2011, more than 400,000 jobs were created and supported by the ethanol industry and production of ethanol contributed $42.4 billion to the national Gross Domestic Product, according to the Energy Department.
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association reported that with 41 ethanol plants and 3.7 billion gallons produced in 2012, Iowa is the largest producer of ethanol in the country.
According to the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa’s ethanol industry supports 55,000 jobs and accounts for $5.4 billion of the state’s total economy.