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Iowa Awards $1.5M for E85 and Biodiesel Infrastructure

Iowa’s Renewable Fuel Infrastructure Program (RFIP) board recently awarded $1.518 million to 43 applicants. Those awards are for E85 and biodiesel dispensers, biodiesel terminals and tank vehicles.

The number of awards was the largest the board has approved this year. Over a 3-year period, the RFIP board will allocate $13 million in financial incentives to expand consumer access to biofuels. Owners or operators of retail motor fuel sites or biodiesel terminals can submit applications for the awards to the Iowa Department of Economic Development.

The tank vehicle grant program ends on 31 December. Any tank vehicle applications received prior to that date and applications posted marked by December 31, 2008 will be reviewed and acted upon by a special RFIP board meeting in January 2009.



We have to look at "the big picture." Our days of tunnel vision need to cease. Our nation better wake up and smell the coffee. With all our bail outs along with the 168 billion economic stimulus package, that btw did nothing for our economy it is hard to understand why our government can't see the need to bail us out of our dependence on foreign oil. The high cost of fuel this past year seriously damaged our economy and society. Meanwhile, while we are busy doing the Happy Dance around the lower prices at the pumps, OPEC is planning to cut production to drive prices back up to between 75-100. per barrel. Why don't we invest in America's Energy Independence. It would cost the equivalent of 60 cents per gallon to charge and drive. The electricity used to charge the car could conceivably be generated by solar or wind.If all gasoline cars, trucks, and suv’s instead had plug-in electric drivetrains, the amount of electricity needed to replace gasoline is about equal to the estimated wind energy potential of the state of North Dakota.
Why not invest some of these millions in getting some of these projects set up? Create clean cheap energy, badly needed new green collar jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. What more of a win-win situation could there be? Now there is talk of another stimulus pkg. Don't get me wrong, if you hand me a check I will take it. I am broke from this past year myself. I just think we are going about this all wrong. I just read a fascinating book by Jeff Wilson called The Manhattan Project of 2009 Energy Independence NOW. We need to look at the "big picture" This book Is the big picture.
Wilson also has a fascinating article on the Better Place Web Page called How Much Electricity Does It Take To Replace Gasoline. You can read it @


Sherry, while appreciating your enthusiasm for energy independence - which is the game - your sources are questionable.

"If all gasoline cars, trucks, and suv’s instead had plug-in electric drivetrains, the amount of electricity needed to replace gasoline is about equal to the estimated wind energy potential of the state of North Dakota."

You need to cite a source for this. If it is from Jeff Wilson - be aware that he is the author of model rail roading books - not an energy expert. He also appears to have expertise in the Unreal 3 VR engine - which again does not qualify him to be taken any more seriously than a fiction author. With respect to energy solutions.

While the North Dakota Dept. of Agriculture claims wind potentials to be 345GW - "potential" and "practical" are two completely different things. Which is why these numbers Wilson uses are misleading.

Electrification of transport is happening at a good pace starting with the current HEVs like Prius, Escape and VUE. Moving to a fully electric drivetrain will take some time as it is a transition based on electric energy storage i.e. batteries. We have noted recently that even low cost makers in China cannot lower the cost of batteries below $500/kWh at the moment. So the transition will take time.

In the meanwhile we will be seeing more high mileage hybrids like Prius, Escape and Fusion which lower our gasoline consumption and grow confidence in hybrid vehicles. We're on the way. But it will not happen overnight and certainly not by relying on one renewable source of electric power like wind.

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