Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance: Joins ACE to push ethanol issues in Washington

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Members traveled to Washington, D.C. for ACE fly-in to meet with legislators

MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance (WBIA) member Bob Schauf, a board member and farmer from Western Wisconsin, joined other national leaders in the ethanol industry in Washington, D.C. to educate legislators about ethanol issues this week.

“We are glad we had the opportunity to speak with members of Congress about this issue,” said Schauf. “It was important that they heard directly about how crucial ethanol is to the nation’s agricultural economy and energy security.”

Last year, the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) was extended for one year at 45 cents per gallon with the credit going to the blender of record. In the coming year, Congress and the administration will work with industry leaders to design and implement a new incentive that will be more focused and help reduce the costs for taxpayers.

Ethanol is even more critical for Wisconsin’s economy as recent pricing data suggests that on average, E85 is about 16 percent cheaper than regular gasoline at the pump.

More than 50 American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) members and ethanol supporters from 15 different states descended on Washington D.C. as part of ACE’s annual fly-in.

The Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance is a diverse group of businesses, environmental groups and statewide and local organizations that have come together to build both public and legislative awareness of the Bio Industry in Wisconsin.

For more information about the Alliance, or to find out how to join, please visit our website: http://www.wisconsinbioindustry.com.