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

Dear Board Members, Huser, Lozier, and Byrnes: 

As the president of the CORN, LP Board of Directors, my job is to ensure our ethanol plant can support our ag economy and continue to provide a positive economic impact across the community. I look to do all I can to grow the ethanol industry, especially as the world prioritizes low-carbon fuel. 

I believe ethanol can make significant moves to meet this goal and bolster our industry. 

CORN, LP, like so many other ethanol plants across the Midwest, is partnering with Summit Carbon Solutions or other carbon capture projects to fulfill our need to lower the carbon intensity score of our ethanol. This is a critical next step for us, as it will allow us to access markets that have adopted low-carbon fuel standards. This is critical to maintaining our viability moving forward, not to mention the ability of Iowa ethanol producers to continue purchasing nearly 60% of all the corn grown in the state. 

In addition, I worked with Summit to negotiate the 1.5 miles of pipe that will run through my family’s farm. As farmers, we want corn prices to stay high and ethanol to remain a core industry for Iowa, so we were pleased to partner with this project. 

Safety is paramount for Summit. The company works daily to go above and beyond safety standards and ensure the system they are building is safe. After meeting and talking with Summit officials, I’m confident their priority is keeping their landowner partners safe and that they will produce one of the most state-of-the-art pipelines to date. 

Please consider two things when deciding to approve this project. The first is the ethanol plants like CORN, LP, which provide numerous jobs in communities across Iowa. The second is the company’s willingness to go above and beyond regarding safety. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. 

Mark Wigans
President, CORN, LP Board of Directors