Ag secretary candidates split on carbon pipelines, future of ethanol

BY: - September 30, 2022

The two candidates for Iowa secretary of agriculture split Friday on whether government should require unwilling landowners to allow carbon pipelines to cross their land. Democrat John Norwood said eminent domain should not be used to build pipelines that transport captured carbon dioxide away from ethanol plants in Iowa because they do not serve a […]

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Ethanol plant fined for ongoing excessive air pollution

BY: - September 1, 2022

A southwest Iowa ethanol plant has been ordered to pay a $10,000 fine for its repeated air emissions of excessive, cancer-causing compounds in the past five years, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy is located just south of Council Bluffs in an industrial area along Interstate Highway 29. The […]

New ethanol law could spark regional trend, biofuels exec says

BY: - May 17, 2022

A new state law that requires most of Iowa’s fuel stations to sell a gasoline blend with 15% ethanol will rapidly expand the fuel’s availability, but the law’s long-term effects might be more potent, according to the executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed House File 2128, aimed at boosting […]

EPA issues waiver for sales of 15 percent ethanol blend during summer driving season

BY: - April 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The EPA issued a fuel waiver Friday afternoon to allow for a heightened ethanol gasoline blend to be sold at service stations this summer, an attempt by the Biden administration to lower soaring fuel prices. In a letter to Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, EPA administrator Michael S. Regan wrote that the waiver will allow gas stations to sell […]

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Iowa lawmakers send ethanol bill to governor’s desk

BY: - April 26, 2022

Gov. Kim Reynolds applauded legislation that passed both the Iowa House and Senate on Tuesday to require most Iowa gas stations to sell higher ethanol blends. The bill, House File 2128, received bipartisan support in both chambers, passing 42-3 in the Senate and 78-13 in the House. Reynolds is expected to sign it into law. […]

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Iowa biofuels deal will require most gas stations to sell E15

BY: - April 25, 2022

Iowa gas stations would be required to sell fuel with a higher ethanol blend under a long-awaited biofuels deal among Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate. Molly Severn, legislative liaison for Gov. Kim Reynolds, said the bill was “the result of significant compromise from everyone along the fuel supply chain, from farmers to fuel […]

Biden: Biofuels ‘have a role to play’ in easing gas prices

BY: - April 12, 2022

MENLO, Ia. — In response to rising gas prices, President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that fuel stations may sell cheaper, higher-ethanol blend fuels through the summer.  “I’m here today because home-grown biofuels have a role to play right now… as we work to get prices under control and reduce the costs for families,” Biden told […]

Iowa’s senators promote biofuels to replace Russian oil

BY: - March 9, 2022

Iowa’s two U.S. senators are touting fuel made from crops — especially ethanol — as a means to replace oil imported from Russia and to cut soaring fuel prices that have reached all-time highs. “It’s very clear that biofuels provide a quick and easy solution for lowering prices at the pump,” U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley […]

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Lawmakers’ mixed message on mandates puzzles Iowans

BY: - February 13, 2022

I’m confused, and I have a hunch I am not the only one. Are government mandates a bad thing — or are they good? My confusion comes because I hear what leaders in the Iowa Legislature and Gov. Kim Reynolds have said for months. It certainly seems as if, to a person, they agree mandates […]

Committee clears path for final E15 vote

BY: - February 8, 2022

A proposed law that would require most fueling stations to sell gasoline blends that are 15% ethanol is ready for a potential final vote in the Iowa Senate. “This is about Iowa, this is about the people that live in Iowa, this is about supporting Iowans,” said Sen. Dan Zumbach, R-Ryan, chair of the Senate’s […]

Iowa House overwhelmingly approves E15 requirement

BY: - February 2, 2022

New legislation that would require Iowa gas stations to sell a gasoline blend that contains 15% ethanol swept through the Iowa House of Representatives in one week and was approved Wednesday 82 to 10. “This bill has come a long way since its conception a year ago,” said Rep. Lee Hein, R-Monticello. “It means a […]

Governor’s bill would make E15 dominant fuel in state

BY: - January 25, 2022

A new proposal by Gov. Kim Reynolds would require at least half of all gasoline pumps in the state to dispense fuel that contains 15% ethanol — a blend commonly called E15 — by 2026. The governor’s bill was filed Monday in the Iowa House. It is a modified version of a similar proposal last […]