Tag: Iowa

Iowa State researcher looking at how to balance stover demand with soil needs

Iowa State researcher looking at how to balance stover demand with soil needs

April 27, 2017 |

In Iowa, the phrase “a double-edged sword” describes something that is beneficial in some ways but problematic in others. One example is removing maize stover (the husks, stems and leaves of corn plants) from fields. Maize stover is used to make cellulosic ethanol, a renewable biofuel. And renewable biofuels are beneficial to the environment. However, […]

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U of Iowa contracts 800 acres for miscanthus to replace coal in energy production

U of Iowa contracts 800 acres for miscanthus to replace coal in energy production

April 25, 2017 |

In Iowa, researchers at the University of Iowa have contracted about 800 acres of land from 15 nearby farms to grow miscanthus for replacing coal in its energy supply. The university aims to eliminate coal use by 2025, using 10% miscanthus and the remainder from other biomass fuels. The project allows the university’s energy budget to […]

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Kwik Trip offered new lot and perks for $1 to build biofuel blending depot

Kwik Trip offered new lot and perks for $1 to build biofuel blending depot

April 25, 2017 |

In Iowa, following rejection of a plan to build a biofuel blending depot last fall, Kwik Trip has been offered a four-acre lot in a new industrial zone in Waterloo for just $1, along with sewer access for the facility. The proposed biofuel blending facility will start with four 30,000-gallon tanks along with an indoor […]

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Iowa Legislators OK approves $3M in new State Blender Pump funding

Iowa Legislators OK approves $3M in new State Blender Pump funding

April 23, 2017 |

In Iowa, the Iowa Legislature voted to secure another year of funding for the state’s blender pump program – which has successfully led to millions of dollars worth of investment in new pumps and equipment that offer the choice of higher ethanol and biodiesel blends to consumers. House File 643 include funding for RFIP at […]

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Iowa bill puts biofuel blending at risk by changing tax credit program

Iowa bill puts biofuel blending at risk by changing tax credit program

April 20, 2017 |

In Iowa, a proposed amendment to HSB 187 seeks to cap the biofuel tax credit scheme by issuing credits only after annual sales figures for fuel retailers were calculated, at which point the per gallon figure for the tax credit would be determined. Petroleum marketers are concerned that the policy shift, after the tax credit […]

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Higher biodiesel blends becoming the norm in Iowa

Higher biodiesel blends becoming the norm in Iowa

April 13, 2017 |

In Iowa, a new state government report shows more than half of Iowa’s fuel retailers carried biodiesel blends in 2016, increasing six percent over 2015. Higher blends are also becoming the norm. Iowa’s proactive state policies have played a crucial role in the growth, helping maintain the state’s position as the number one producer. The […]

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POET-DSM’s Project Liberty reaching production goals

POET-DSM’s Project Liberty reaching production goals

April 12, 2017 |

In Iowa, POET-DSM’s Project Liberty is reaching its production goals after coming online about a year ago with current yields of 70 gallons of cellulosic per ton of corn stover, near its goal of 72 gallons. The company plans to expand its technology to other facilities but not details were given as to timelines or […]

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National Transportation Safety Board still investigating cause of Iowa ethanol derailment

National Transportation Safety Board still investigating cause of Iowa ethanol derailment

April 3, 2017 |

In Iowa, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report about the trail derailment of 98 cars of ethanol in March in Palo Alto county that a total of 322,000 gallons of ethanol were released during the accident. The investigation into the accident, including the cause that remains unknown, is expected to continue […]

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Iowa coop demos use of B5 and B20 for farm trucks

Iowa coop demos use of B5 and B20 for farm trucks

March 27, 2017 |

In Iowa, a demonstration by an Iowa farm cooperative aims to persuade more farmers in the state to use biodiesel. United Farmers Cooperative, based at Afton in southern Iowa, put two trucks head-to-head to compare how blends of 5% and 20% biodiesel (B5 and B20) performed. The B20 truck won. The four-month trial in 2016 […]

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Ag Processing finishing $38 million gallon expansion doubling biodiesel capacity

Ag Processing finishing $38 million gallon expansion doubling biodiesel capacity

March 13, 2017 |

In Iowa, Ag Processing is finishing its $38 million biodiesel expansion project that will double capacity to 60 million gallons per year, the facility’s fourth expansion since it became the country’s first commercial biodiesel producer in 1996. In addition, the company is finalizing a $90 million oil refinery project that will allow it to not […]

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