Iowa Utilities Board: 

My name is Delayne Johnson, and I am the chief operating officer of Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) in Galva, Iowa (Ida County). Our plant is one of many that have partnered with Summit Carbon Solutions and are relying on the success of carbon capture technology as market demand shifts to low-carbon fuel. 

I’ll share a familiar story with you. In 2000, six individuals from northwest Iowa formed Quad County Corn Processors. They bought 102 acres of land south of Galva, near Highway 20. A formal ground-breaking ceremony was held in December of that year to celebrate what would one day be an 18-million-gallon ethanol plant. With over 420 Iowa farmers invested in the project, excitement and eagerness for what the future would bring filled the hearts of many in the counties that Quad County Corn Processors would serve (Ida, Cherokee, Sac, and Buena Vista). 

Close to twenty-four years later, QCCP employs 40 dedicated professionals who operate the plant 24 hours a day. Over the years, Quad County installed equipment to extract corn oil, made a significant distillation upgrade which reduced natural gas usage and increased ethanol production, and opened a transload facility in Cherokee to ship ethanol by rail car. 

The plant’s rated capacity is 100,000 gallons of ethanol daily, translating into 35 million gallons per year. As part of the process, QCCP also produces 750,000 gallons of corn oil annually. The research and development team at the plant has successfully developed a patented process for converting the corn kernel fiber into cellulosic ethanol, additional corn oil, and a high-protein, low-fiber feed. 

At full capacity, QCCP grinds 35,000 bushels of corn daily, or 12.5 million bushels of corn a year. That’s right. 12.5 million bushels of corn a year. 

The board is likely aware of the many different perspectives voiced on this project, but the market for fuel is changing drastically and moving towards a preference for low-carbon fuel. Ethanol, in order to remain viable and successful and purchase millions of bushels from Iowa farmers, must find a way to produce a low-carbon fuel. This is why we partnered with Summit. Access to carbon capture technology will change everything for our plant and allow us to remain a viable business that bolsters the local ag economy. 

There are many plants across the Midwest in the same position that are relying on the success of carbon capture to assist their plants in remaining viable. Through many other options, along with carbon capture, ethanol can be a net-zero fuel by the end of the decade – producing less carbon than electric vehicles. 

Please support and approve Summit’s project as it keeps Iowa ethanol plants and Iowa farmers viable. 

Sincerely, 

Delayne Johnson