Homegrown fuel is good for Iowa

Newton Daily News

September 22, 2015

By Iowa State Sen. Chaz Allen

Iowa has a generous supply of energy producing resources. In addition to wind and our emerging solar industry, Iowa is a leader in homegrown biofuels, which expand markets for farmers, support rural jobs and economies, give drivers choices at the pump and reduce our reliance on foreign oil.

This year, the Legislature voted to continue promoting the production and use of ethanol and other Iowa-grown motor vehicle fuels by keeping their price down (SF 257). We also voted to generate more locally produced energy by allowing yard waste disposal in landfills with methane collection systems (HF 266).

Now Iowa is receiving a competitive grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to add 100 new fueling sites across the state to provide Iowa drivers with access to higher blends of ethanol. This funding will allow the Iowa Department of Agriculture to expand its Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program, which provides grants to help fueling stations upgrade their equipment to dispense renewable fuels.

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