Tag: Iowa

DuPont working to find ways to better battle corn stover fires

DuPont working to find ways to better battle corn stover fires

January 18, 2017 |

In Iowa, DuPont is working with Nevada city authorities and Underwriters Laboratories to find ways to better put out corn stover fires to help reduce losses like DuPont suffered this summer when lightning strikes set their stover storage ablaze. Lab tests will soon be underway with a foam extinguishing agent to see how it works […]

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Iowan city OKs development phase of $9 million biogas upgrading project

Iowan city OKs development phase of $9 million biogas upgrading project

January 12, 2017 |

In Iowa, Sioux City’s city council has approved $1.3 million in engineering fees to move forward a product that would clean and upgrade methane produced at its wastewater treatment plant, potentially injecting it into the national gas grid or using it in local fleet vehicles. The $9 million project would use biogas that is currently […]

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Iowa Energy Plan open for public comment

Iowa Energy Plan open for public comment

January 2, 2017 |

In Iowa, after a year of planning, hard work and collaboration with stakeholders from around the state, including working group members, state agencies, industry organizations, and members of the public, the Iowa Energy Plan is final and available for review. A total of 15 objectives and 45 strategies make up the Iowa Energy Plan including […]

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Iowa breaks ethanol production record at 4.1 billion gallons

Iowa breaks ethanol production record at 4.1 billion gallons

December 29, 2016 |

In Iowa, the state’s 43 ethanol plants had another record-breaking year, producing 4.1 billion gallons in 2016. The slight uptick in production from 4 billion gallons in 2015 is largely due to an increase in gasoline demand, allowing more E10 blending and increased ethanol export opportunities. “Setting another annual ethanol production record is a testament […]

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Iowa’s biodiesel production hits record 297 million gallons in 2016

Iowa’s biodiesel production hits record 297 million gallons in 2016

December 28, 2016 |

In Iowa, the state’s 2016 biodiesel production reached a recording-breaking total of 297 million gallons, surpassing 2015’s total 242 million gallons by 55 million gallons. This 23 percent increase is largely attributed to policy certainty at the federal level during 2016, including the biodiesel tax incentive and Renewable Fuel Standard.  State level policies targeting higher […]

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Elite Octane aims to start construction of Iowa ethanol plant in early 2017

Elite Octane aims to start construction of Iowa ethanol plant in early 2017

December 26, 2016 |

In Iowa, construction is set to start early in the new year on a new $196 million corn-based ethanol plant in Cass County. With an eye on producing about 120 million gallons of fuel annually, Elite Octane are still finalizing an agreement with county officials over the exact details regarding tax rebates, infrastructure investment and […]

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Fantastic 5: US States getting it done, making biobased happen

Fantastic 5: US States getting it done, making biobased happen

December 26, 2016 |

Any way you look at the US 2016 presidential elections or the turmoil within the European Union (e.g Brexit, or Italy’s referendum on membership), you can conclude that we are entering into in anti-federal cycle, and the most innovative public-private policies are likely for some time to proceed out of regions, provinces and states. In […]

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Agriculture secretary worried about future of RFS under Trump

Agriculture secretary worried about future of RFS under Trump

December 20, 2016 |

In Iowa, the agriculture secretary has voiced concerns about president-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet choices, saying that the industry must remain vigilant to ensure the Renewable Fuel Standard stays intact. From his choices for energy secretary to EPA administrator, to the president-elect’s mixed messages on ethanol during his campaign, many questions remain, especially with the oil […]

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Elite Octane in negotiations for incentives to build 120 gallon ethanol plant in Iowa

Elite Octane in negotiations for incentives to build 120 gallon ethanol plant in Iowa

December 1, 2016 |

In Iowa, Elite Octane is negotiating with Cass County on an incentives package to develop a new 120 million gallon ethanol plant with several proposals going back and forth predominantly dealing with tax rebates during the first 10 years of the plant’s life. The state’s economic development agency already has secured a $4.25 million sales […]

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Iowa State researchers say new bioplastic materials may help plants “self-fertilize”

Iowa State researchers say new bioplastic materials may help plants “self-fertilize”

November 22, 2016 |

In Iowa, new bioplastic materials may enable gardeners to tend their plants more sustainably and could even help plants “self-fertilize” and grow healthier roots, according to research conducted by Iowa State University horticulturists. A five-year study looked at numerous options for bioplastic derived from sources such as polylactic acid and the more biodegradable polyhydroxyalkanoates. They […]

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