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Iowa Biofuel and Ag Groups Call for State 25% Renewable Fuel Standard

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) has joined the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) in calling for an Iowa Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) that would replace 25% of Iowa’s gasoline with renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel by 2015. The aggressive RFS allows gasoline retailers flexibility in meeting the standard through the sale of E10, E85, and biodiesel blends.

By the end of 2006, Iowa will have a minimum of 27 ethanol plants capable of producing over 1.6 billion gallons per year. In addition, at least 6 biodiesel plants will be capable of producing more than 120 million gallons per year.

Iowa is the leader in producing renewable fuels, but we’ve lagged behind in use. Now is the time for Iowa to become the leading consumer of renewable fuels. This proposal could quadruple the use of renewable fuels over the next decade. The Iowa RFS can serve as model legislation for other states to follow.

—Bernie Punt, IRFA President

The proposed RFS does not mandate any per gallon renewable fuel use, but would require Iowa gasoline retailers to achieve a minimum percentage of renewable fuels use compared to total retail gasoline sales over the course of a year. Ethanol, such as E10 and E85 blends, and biodiesel, such as B2 and B20 blends, would count toward meeting the standard.

The RFS schedule would be: 10% by 2008, 15% by 2010, 20% by 2012, and 25% by 2015. Should fuel retailers not reach 25% total usage by 2015, the legislation would institute an automatic 10% per gallon ethanol requirement for the state.

The ICGA board of directors first offered the proposal in June, 2005, after a survey of more than 2,000 Iowa corn members indicated that they want stronger ethanol legislation. After the ICGA formalized this goal, the proposal went to roundtable policy discussions held with members throughout the state. Most recently, voting delegates reaffirmed their support for the proposal at the ICGA annual policy conference held in December.

There is no doubt that we are fully immersed in this initiative. ICGA believes this proposal will be the best way to advance E85 and ethanol in Iowa. A 25% renewable fuels requirement could result in as much as 240 million gallons per year of increased ethanol usage.

—Keith Sexton, ICGA president


Adam H.

It's too bad one of the State (Republican) congressman said "This legislature will not significantly increase the use of ethanol." Read that in the paper today.

While some 80%+ of all gasoline in Iowa is sold in E10 form, a jump to 25% of ALL fuels sold as renewables would be a huge increase. It's a noble, very attainable, and would serve as a great example for the rest of the nation.


Unless the EROEI of ethanol is increased far beyond the 1.67:1 which is the highest number ever stated by the USDA, 25% ethanol will only reduce fossil fuel requirements by 10%; at the more common 1.34:1 number, the net improvement would be only 6.3%.

Adam H.

The EROEI of gasoline is 0.74%. Comparatively, ethanol is very good. Check out page 5:

Check out the net energy of the new ethanol plants coming on line:

The ethanol industry is in its infancy, it will only improve.

The EROEI of gasoline is 0.74%.
Oh, really?  For every BTU spent in pumping, shipping and refining petroleum to gasoline, we only get .0074 BTU of gasoline out?

Doesn't that mean we should have run out of gasoline decades ago, as our stocks were spent in efforts which didn't return as much as they drained?

I do believe I've found a genuine victim of the Gullibility Virus!


The ICGA board of directors first offered the proposal in June, 2005, after a survey of more than 2,000 Iowa corn members indicated that they want stronger ethanol legislation.

So, corn growers want to increase the usage of corn derived products. Color me surprised.

I'm all for increased biofuel usage, but this smells more of agricultural politics than any real concern for the environment. Oh well.

brendan mulvaney

this info is awaome. Now I want to help and maybe work in a plant.

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