Iowa Utilities Board
1375 E. Court Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50319-0069 

Dear members Erik Helland, Josh Byrnes, and Sarah Martz, 

On behalf of the Mason City Chamber of Commerce, I would like to welcome new board members Sarah Martz and Erik Helland. Thank you for choosing to serve the people of Iowa. 

As the Mason City Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, I see firsthand the positive economic impacts ethanol provides for our state and our farmers. Maintaining support for ethanol production is essential to the life of Iowans. Summit Carbon Solutions’ project will provide an opportunity to produce ethanol sustainably for the next several years and keep Iowa’s ethanol producers viable in their markets. 

In Mason City, Golden Grain Energy’s partnership with Summit will enable the plant to sell into these restricted markets. Golden Grain Energy is a valuable part of our agricultural community here in Cerro Gordo County, and it is important for our local economy that the plant can maintain operations. With their carbon intensity scores lowered, Golden Grain Energy will have a bright future as a competitor in carbon-neutral fuel markets. Summit will ensure these same economic and environmental improvements are seen throughout our state. 

The Mason City Chamber supports Summit Carbon Solutions’ work in strengthening the economy and keeping ethanol viable. 


Colleen Frein
President & CEO, Chamber of Commerce – Serving North Iowa