Brett Barker – Mayor/Young Republican State Chair
Iowa Utilities Board
1375 E Court Ave
Des Moines, IA 50319
July 27, 2022
Dear Iowa Utilities Board Members, Huser, Lozier, and Byrnes:
We have all become accustomed to expecting the unexpected in the past two years. Yet, despite our ever-growing challenges, as the mayor of Nevada and a proud Iowan, I remain encouraged by our collective ability to adapt and tackle new issues.
Agriculture and ethanol play significant roles in our local and state economies. Here in Nevada, the Lincolnway Energy ethanol plant supports high-quality jobs and offers a reliable market for local com growers, helping to keep land and crop prices high. Plants like Lincolnway also produce dried distiller grains to feed livestock. Across the state, agriculture contributes tens of billions of dollars to Iowa’s GDP.
Unfortunately, the last few years have thrown trade wars, the COVID-19 pandemic, and special interests our way, threatening the future of ethanol. The fact that Iowa currently leads the nation in producing corn and ethanol, the entire state would certainly reel from the loss of this critical industry. Unless we adapt to keep ethanol profitable, corn growers stand to lose nearly half of the market.
In response, Lincolnway Energy partnered with Summit Carbon Solutions to significantly reduce the plant’s carbon footprint, making its ethanol more attractive to consumers across the country. Summit Carbon Solutions will not only strengthen the vitality of Lincolnway, but the project will also strengthen the local economy by paying over $1.5 million in new property taxes.
This project, born right here in central Iowa, is critical for the future of agriculture. As the mayor of Nevada, I support the initiative of Lincolnway Energy and urge the board to do the same.
Brett Barker, Mayor