Details Still Being Worked Out On Iowa’s Proposed E15 mandate

Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Des Moines, Iowa — One of the governor’s priority proposals for the 2022 legislature is an Iowa Renewable Fuels Standard and it passed the Iowa House in early February. A key lawmaker says negotiations in the Senate are focused on responding to concerns about the scope of the plan.

The House bill would require Iowa gas stations to sell fuel with 15 percent ethanol — E-15 — if they have compatible equipment now AND stations installing new pumps would have to choose equipment in the future that can handle higher blends of ethanol.

Senator Dan Dawson of Council Bluffs is the Republican leading negotiations on the bill in the Senate.

The governor originally proposed a state Renewable Fuels Standard last year and offered a reworked plan this year that won bipartisan approval in the House. Senator Pam Jochum of Dubuque says she and other Democrats in the Senate have been looking much more closely at the bill now.

Jochum says any small station that has to install a new underground tank and fuel pump in the future would have to spend in the neighborhood of 300-thousand dollars on an ethanol-compatible system and that’s a financial stumbling block. Dawson says there’s an opportunity to do something to expand use of E-15, but it’s still not clear what the final product might be.

Dawson and Jochum made their comments during a recent appearance on “Iowa Press” on Iowa PBS.