The Renewable Energy Group has an extensive reach in the U.S. biorenewables industry, with 10 biodiesel refineries and supplemental research and development facilities located across the country. REG’s Ames, Iowa, headquarters marks the operational and geographic center of their extensive distribution network, which utilizes the Cultivation Corridor’s placement at the crossroads of national highway and rail systems to distribute locally-sourced biomass to its refineries, three of which are located in Iowa. The Corridor’s nation-leading biomass availability and first-tier rankings in the bioscience subsectors of agricultural feedstock, chemicals and bioscience-related distribution have been a boon to REG’s production of biofuel from the conversion of natural fats, oils and greases and the accompanying development of renewable fuel technologies and biochemicals. In 2017, REG passed a notable milestone: since opening its first biorefinery in Iowa in 1996, REG has produced more than 2 billion gallons of biodiesel.
REG’s three biodiesel refineries in Iowa rely on the state’s large soybean harvest to produce a combined 72 million gallons of biodiesel per year — more than 25 percent of the company’s total national capacity.
Three biorefineries and three distribution terminals are located in Iowa
14 biorefineries have a combined production capacity of 257 million gallons
REG’s cumulative biodiesel production surpassed 2 billion gallons in 2017