A pair of bills aimed at increasing sales of ethanol and biofuels by setting the state’s first biofuel standards cleared two legislative subcommittees Wednesday.
Gov. Kim Reynolds proposed the measure. It would set minimum standards, declaring anything less than 15% ethanol a restricted fuel after Jan. 1, 2025. The state’s tax credit program would be changed to help pay for projects needed to handle higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel.
Agricultural and biofuel interests have lined up to support the proposal as a way to boost Iowa’s economy. Iowa is a top producer of corn and soybeans used to make biofuels.
Critics, including convenience store chains and the Iowa Motor Truck Association, said the new rules would end up limiting choice and could send truckers to pumps outside Iowa.