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More Iowa Fuel Retailers Carrying Higher Blends of Biodiesel
(Iowa Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine) A new state government report shows more than half of Iowa’s fuel retailers carried biodiesel in 2016, increasing six percent over 2015. Higher blends are also becoming the norm. Iowa’s proactive state policies have played a crucial role in the growth, helping maintain the state’s position as the No. 1 producer.
Also of significance, the report showed twice as many gallons of 11 to 20 percent biodiesel (B11-B20) were sold than of lower blends. In addition, 471 on-road retailers now carry biodiesel in Iowa, up from 405 in 2015.
“These milestones at the retail level show that Iowa’s progressive biofuels policies are working as intended to increase production and consumption,” said Grant Kimberley, Iowa Biodiesel Board executive director. “This industry is a powerful economic driver, benefiting the rural economy and consumers alike.”
In 2006 the Iowa General Assembly passed legislation establishing a goal that 25 percent of all petroleum used in the formulation of gasoline be replaced by biofuels by the year 2020. Using the state’s formula, during 2016, biofuels accounted for 12.2 percent of Iowa retail motor fuel sales.
In 2016, Iowa’s biodiesel plants produced about 305 million gallons of biodiesel—a record. According to a study by ABF Economics, biodiesel activity generated about 3,800 full-time equivalent jobs. READ MORE